About Cookies

A Cookie is a piece of code that allows the web server to identify and track activity of the web browser. They are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website. We may use both “Session Cookies” and “Persistent Cookies” on this website.

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.

For further details please consult the help menu in your browser or visit AllAboutCookies or Wikipedia HTTP cookie.

SHDA Cookies

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Most people use our website without creating an account, as we are committed to making these resources freely available and #FOAMed.

For members who do have a website account, we set these cookies to enable you to login and use the administration area.

More information on WordPress cookies.

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When you leave a comment on a website post or video these cookies are stored purely for your convenience, so that you won’t need to re-type all the information to leave another comment.
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We use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to help us determine which content & features are most popular, and in turn make the website more useful.

These cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

An explanation of Cookies & Google Analytics

Find out more about opting out of Google Analytics across all websites

Review the Google Analytics privacy & security policy

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These cookies are set by the plugin ‘Google Analytics Dashboard for WP’, which we use to view Google Analytics data within our website.
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These cookies help track the number of views for a particular video. The pref cookie will track user preferences and serve up related content or adverts within an embedded YouTube video.
Newsletter et_bloom_optin_[UID] These cookies are set by the plugin ‘Bloom’, which we use to enable you to sign up to our online newsletter.
Cookie Consent catAccCookies This cookie is set by the plugin ‘Cookie Consent’, which we use to record that you accept the fact that our website uses cookies.


Blocking Cookies

By default, your web browser will accept Cookies, however this can be altered and most browsers will allow you to refuse to accept cookies. Instruction can be found here: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari.

For example, in Google Chrome you can adjust your Cookie settings by selecting “Preferences”, “Advanced”, “Content Settings”, “Block all Cookies” and change to your preferred settings.


Contact us

If you have any questions about the cookies our website uses you can contact us using our website form. Alternatively you can email us at [email protected].


This policy was updated on 02/07/2018.