About cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.  Some cookies are essential while others are optional. 

You can see information about cookies and manage optional cookies personally using the cookie tool available by clicking on the 'cog' icon, usually in the corner of the website.  Adjust the slider/s to On or Off then click X or the cog again to save your settings and close. 

Cookies on our website

We use Google Analytics which collects data about how visitors use the site. You cannot be identified from the data that is collected.  We use this software to help us understand how the site is used, for example how people found the site, how many people visited particular pages and how long people stay on our site. This helps us to make sure the site is meeting people's needs and to inform improvements that we make.  It also allows us to be accountable for the investment we make in our website by showing how- and how often - it is used. 

Google Analytics 

Cookie name: _ga
Duration: 2 years
Purpose: anonymous, distinguishes users

Cookie name:_gid
Duration: 24 hours
Purpose: anonymous, distinguishes users

Some of our webpages include video content embedded from Vimeo or Biteable.  If you play any of the videos/animations, Vimeo/Biteable will download a cookie to enable the video/animation to play and to collect data such as which video/animation has been watched and for how long.  These cookies do not track individuals. 


Cookie name: vuid
Duration: 2 years
Purpose: anonymous viewer statistics


Cookie names: ajs_anonymous_id/ajs_user_id
Default expiry: never
Purpose: anonymous viewer statistics

There are also  'cookie preference' cookies - this is used to remember a user's choice about cookies on our website.  If you have previously indicated a preference, that will be stored in this cookie. 

Cookie preference cookies

Name: udcbar/udcstorage
Default expiry: never
Purpose: anonymous cookie preference



Managing cookies in your browser

You can set your browser to accept or reject all or certain cookies.  You should be able to set your browser to prompt you each time a cookie is offered.  The links below explain how to disable cookies in the most popular browsers:

Find our more about how to manage cookies at www.aboutcookies.org.  You can also opt out of Google Analytics.  



More information about cookies

If you have any concerns about the way in which cookies are being used on this website, or the arrangements we have put in place to help you manage cookies, please contact us to let us know.

The way we use cookies has to comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.  These regulations are enforced by The UK Information Commissioner (the ICO). You can also report your cookie concerns to the ICO.