Cookies are text files sent to your computer and used by your web browser to store information. The cookies we use allow your browser to remember whether you’ve visited our site before and what your preferences are.

As with most websites we use cookies to improve your user experience by enabling our website to ‘remember you’, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). There are also use two different types of cookies – first party (which we own) and third party (where we allow a third party, such as Google, to set cookies on your computer or mobile device).

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

How to refuse or withdraw consent

Although the cookies we use on this website are quite harmless and do not reveal your identity, not everyone wishes to have text files downloaded onto their computer or mobile device. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functionality on this website.

You can manage how cookies engage with your computer or mobile device via your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Android), so you are alerted when cookies are sent or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies which have already been set.

There is also a very useful website explaining how to control your interaction with cookies – please visit this site for more information:

About Cookies

The BBC website also has a clear and comprehensive section explaining what they do and how they work. Please be aware that this section is aimed at users of their website, which employs more cookies than our own.

BBC Cookies 

Cookies on our website

On this website we use only a small number of cookies. They are:

NameOwnerLifespanWhat does it do?
BC_BANDWIDTHThird partySessionThis stores the bandwidth of a user’s computer or mobile device.
tcecookieFirst party6 monthsThis stores acknowledgement of cookies notification.
PREFThird party2 yearsThis stores a user’s basic preferences, such as that the user wants search results in English, no more than 10 results on a given page, or has implemented a SafeSearch setting to filter out content.
_tmidThird party10 yearsTracking from Brightcove video. This is used for user analytics. Identifies unique viewers and new viewers.
__utmvThird party2 yearsThis is used for user-custom variables in Google analytics.
__utmaThird party2 yearsThis stores each user’s amount of visits and the time of the first visit, previous visit and current visit.
__utmbThird party2 yearsThis stores how long a user stays on the site – when a visit starts and approximately ends.
__utmcThird partySessionThis stores how long a user stays on the site – when a visit starts and approximately ends.
__utmzThird party6 monthsThis stores where a visitor came from (e.g. search engine, search keyword, referral link).
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