Privacy and cookies

Cookies on

This website puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.


Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

These cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.


Cookies used to enhance the user experience.

For example, cookies used to detect browser capabilities or to remember user preferences.


User experience cookies

  • has_js - expires when you close the browser
  • hse_shown_splash_desktop - expires after 1 week
  • hse_shown_splash_mobile - expires after 1 week
  • cookie-agreed - this saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message - expires after 14 weeks


Analytics cookies

This site uses Google analytics to allow us to measure how the site is used and to improve the service. Google Analytics sets the following cookies:


Google analytics cookies

  • _utma - determines the number of unique visitors to the site2 years
  • _utmb - this works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our site - expires after 30 minutes
  • _utmc - this works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser - expires when you close the browser
  • _utmz - this provides information about how you reached the site (eg from another website or a search engine) - expires after 6 months
  • _ga - determines the number of unique visitors to the site - expires after 2 years


You can opt out Google analytics.

Further advice about cookies and how to manage them is available from the BBC article What are cookies and the site All about cookies.