Cookies Policy

Updated 29.6.22

A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.

We use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on our websites. We will use the session cookies to keep track of you while you navigate the website; and to monitor user behaviour for statistical and marketing purposes. We will use the persistent cookies to enable our website to recognise you when you visit.

Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. View Google's privacy policy.

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, while some browsers allow you to reject just third-party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.

This website uses the following cookies:

_utma Google Analytics

This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to the St. Mary’s website and is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is updated with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure. Expires after 2 years.

_utmb Google Analytics /_utmc Google Analytics

Each time a user of the St. Mary’s website visits a different page on the site, the cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes. This allows St. Mary’s to track usage across the website as a single session, providing the visitor continues activity within 30 minute sessions. The cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on the website for longer than 30 minutes. Expires after 30 minutes.

_utmz Google Analytics

This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach the
St. Mary’s website, whether this is direct, a referring link, a website search or a campaign. It is used to calculate the effectiveness of these campaigns once the visitor has reached the St. Mary’s website. This cookie is updated with each page view of the St. Mary’s website. Expires after 6 months.