Our website uses a small number of cookies - small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. They are just text files containing information, they are not programs or anything that can be activated on your computer without your knowledge. We didn't put the cookies there ourselves - they are used by the Drupal framework that the site is built on, and by the video and analytics services that we use.

If your browser settings allow you to accept cookies from sites you visit, we take this (and your continued use of our website) to mean that you are fine with this.

We currently have the following cookies:

  • There is a cookie called has_js that lets the website know if you are using Javascript - this cookie will be deleted when you close your browser.
  • We use an analytics service called Statcounter - this sets a cookie so that it can determine the number of unique visitors to the site. You can visit StatCounter's website and press a button to refuse that cookie.
  • We use the popular video service Vimeo to embed videos. If you visit a page that contains a video, Vimeo will set some cookies of its own, which we can't do much about. This is Vimeo's privacy policy and cookie policy
  • After multiple page visits, 'session cookie' is installed named 'SESS' followed by a string of characters.  Its main function on this site is to facilitate logins. As login is limited to content editors, this obviously affects only a small proportion of users. This cookie is also deleted when you close your browser.
  • A cookie called 'boost-zip'  - This tells the website if your browser can accept compressed cached files: if it can, then we can load pages much faster for you

Nothing in these cookies can be used to identify you or connect you with the sites that you have just visited.

Can I get rid of these cookies?

The site will work just fine if you delete these cookies or block them from being installed - although you may not be able to play videos or log in.

Here are some links on managing cookies on the most common browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer , Google Chrome , Apple Safari , Mozilla FireFox , Android Browser , iPhone Safari , Opera. Bear in mind that blocking all cookies on all sites means that other websites you visit might not work properly.

We have found the Cookies tab in the Firebug extension for the Firefox browser to be particularly useful in seeing what cookies are on each particular site, and deciding what to do with them.

Other privacy related information

Our StatCounter analytics service logs information to compiles statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website.

The information that is recorded consists of the date and time of visit, IP address, browser (e.g. Firefox 3.5), operating system version (e.g. Windows XP), screen resolution (e.g. 800x600), referring link, the current page url and the current page title. In general, your IP address can only identify your internet provider and maybe the region/city your computer is located in - for more information about IPs, read this article. Personally identifiable information such as visitor's name, telephone number, postal address and email address are technically impossible for StatCounter to collect and no attempt is made to do so.