What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that are stored in your web browser when you visit some websites. The files enable a web server to identify users and track web browsers. This site uses cookies in order to:

  • Obtain statistics about how the site is being used (using Google Analytics)
  • Remember logged in user preferences

What cookies do we use?

This website uses the following cookies for the purposes listed below:

analytics.js – cookie usage

The analytics.js JavaScript library is part of Universal Analytics and uses first-party cookies to:

  • Distinguish unique users
  • Throttle the request rate

By default, this library sets cookies on the top level domain, excluding the leading dot, and sets the cookie path to the root level .

Note: The analytics.js library does not require setting cookies to transmit data to Google Analytics.

This library sets the following cookies:

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description

_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gat 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate.

Session cookie - This cookie is enabled when you log in and click the "Remember Me" option.
This is a sliding timeout cookie set to 1 week. If you interact with the site the cookie expiration will update to 1 week

How to disable cookies

You can use your web browser to allow, switch off or delete cookies on this and other websites. Each browser is different so it is advised you use the ‘Help' function of your particular browser for instructions on how to update your cookie settings. Please note that, in a few cases, switching off or deleting cookies may reduce the functionality of or prevent access to certain websites (including this website).