Information about cookies

Our website uses cookies to help recognise you and enable us to provide you with a good experience when you visit our website.  Additionally, the use of cookies assist us in improving our site.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

How we use cookies

We have set out in the table below details of the cookies we use and why.

SMC cookie information

CookieTypeDurationDescription
DYNSRV/ADMINDYNSRVStrictly necessaryWhen your browser session endsTo ensure that we give you the best possible experience on our website.
This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.
wordpress_test_cookieStrictly necessaryWhen your browser session endsA test to see if cookies are enabled on your browser.
viewed_cookie_policyFunctionalityWhen your browser session endsSaves a message to let us know that you’ve viewed our cookie message.
_gaAnalytics2 yearsWe use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our website. We do this in order to ensure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:
- the pages you visit on the site
- how long you spend on each page
- how you got to the site
- what you click on while you’re visiting the site

For further information on Google Analytics cookies, please visit Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites or alternatively Google Privacy Policy.
Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These are likely to be analytical, performance or targeting cookies.

How to control cookies

You can control cookies on your device as you wish. For details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.