Privacy and cookies

I'm now transitioning to a different analytics solution and currently do not use any cookies - hence the following notice refers only to data collected until 24 August 2021.

Use of cookies by this website

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. The table below explains the cookies this website uses and why.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. This website uses the information to compile reports and to help improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. The information collected includes the number of visitors to this website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.
Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data »

Purpose, lawful basis for processing, and your rights

The purpose for implementing the above is to maintain and monitor the performance of this website and to constantly look to improve the site and the services it offers to users. The lawful basis I rely on to process your personal data is either Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR, for example when I require your consent for the optional cookies used, or Article 6(1)(f) which allows me to process personal data when it’s necessary for legitimate interests.

To the extent your data is being processed on the basis of legitimate interest, you have the right to object to processing of your personal data. There are legitimate reasons why such objection may be refused, which depend on the reason for processing it. You can read more about your privacy rights on the ICO website »

How do I change my cookie settings?

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘C’ icon (in the bottom left corner of your browser’s window). You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then clicking ‘Save and close’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

In preparing this notice I adapted the Cookies and Visitors to our website pages from the Information Commissioner’s Office's website (accessed 13 February 2020) licensed under the Open Government Licence.