About our website cookies

When we provide our website and services to you, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information during one task
  • recognising that you have already given a username and password so you don’t need to enter it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast


You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them from AllAboutCookies.org.

Our use of cookies


The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by this website and the third-party services we use. If you have any queries about these cookies or would like more information about them, please get in touch.

Cookies for measuring and improving service

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Typical Content Expires
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmx randomly generated number 2 years
_utmxx randomly generated number 2 years
_utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

 

Cookies for managing your current visit

We use a number of cookies to remember your selections or preferences that you’ve made when looking at the information on this site.

Name Typical Content Expires
Cookie names starting with SESS randomly generated number (this cookie is for keeping you logged in, so you don't have to log in to every page you visit, as well as helping the site remember things like what's in your shopping cart) 3-4 weeks
has_js number representing yes or no (this is so the site knows whether you have JavaScript turned on or off) when you close your browser
Cookie names starting with Drupal usually, a number representing yes or no (these cookies record preferences about how you have various features set up on the site) when you log off
Cookie names starting with phpbb information that helps you use the TISPOL Forums  
Cookie names starting with cookie-agreed a number representing whether or not you have given your consent to cookies.  Please note that by continuing to browse this site, you are giving consent to cookies being stored on your computer. around 3 months