Cookies Policy

Cookie Law

A new law on cookies demands that you, as a website user are given the opportunity to understand how cookies are used on our websites and consent to cookies being stored on your computer (laptop/mobile/tablet).

What are cookies?

Cookies are short text files that are automatically stored on your computer when you visit certain web pages. They may be used for various purposes, such as to remember and greet by name someone when they return to a site, or to keep track of what is in a shopping basket, or to remember items that have been looked at, so that they can be recalled on the next visit. More details are below in Our Cookies Policy.

Cookies cannot harm your computer

The objective of our cookies is to help us to make your browsing more enjoyable and efficient. We do not use our cookies to store personally identifiable information, such as credit card details, but we do (by using specialist services such as Google Analytics - see Analytical & Performance Cookies below.) use encrypted information to understand how visitors use our website, and to identify and resolve errors, so that we can continually improve the visitor experience.

To use our site fully, you need to have cookies enabled. Most web browsers have cookies enabled by default. If necessary, see Managing Cookies below for help to turn them on. If you do not wish to enable our cookies, you will still be able to browse the site, but some elements may not function.

Our Cookies Policy

We can only provide certain personalised features of this website by using cookies, so to make full use of our website, your computer, tablet or mobile phone will need to accept them. Most web browsers normally have cookies enabled by default.

Our cookies do not store sensitive information such as your name, address or payment details. Instead, they hold a 'key' that is associated with this information once you have signed in. If you would prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from this or any other website, you can do so via your web browser. See Managing Cookies below for more information.

Here are details of the main cookies we use, and what we use them for:

1. Essential Cookies

These cookies are essential for running our website’s framework. Without the use of these cookies, most parts of our website would not function.

Name Typical Content and Description Expires
cookie-agreed-en Whether you have accepted our cookie consent popup. 100 days
Drupal.Visitor.Name Your name (as entered on the contact us or log in page) 1 year
Drupal.Visitor.Email Your email address (as entered on the contact us or log in page) 1 year

2. Analytical & Performance Cookies

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website, what pages they visit, how long they are on the site, how they got here and what they click on. We use this to improve the user experience. We do not collect or store personal information (e.g. name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who they are.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Typical Content and Description Expires
_utma Randomly generated number. This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. 2 years
_utmb Randomly generated number. This cookie takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site. 30 minutes
_utmc Randomly generated number. This cookie takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site. When you close your browser
_utmz This cookie keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed our website. 6 months
PREF A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. The PREF cookie may store your preferences and other information, in particular your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on. 2 Years

It's possible to opt out of have your browsing activity within sites recorded by Google
Analytics. Find out how to opt out of Google Analytics.

3. Third party cookies

We sometimes embed photos and/or video content from websites such as YouTube. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from these websites. Similarly, when you use one of the share buttons, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and this tool will not block cookies from those websites. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these cookies.


In order to access Minerva’s website you have to agree to our cookies policy set out above. This means that when you consent to our terms of use, you consent to our cookies policy. If you do not turn off cookies, then your consent to our terms of use further confirms your consent to downloading our cookies.

Managing cookies

If cookies are not enabled on your computer, it will restrict the quality and scope of your experience on our website. You can enable cookies via your web browser.

To enable cookies

If you are not sure which web browser you use to access the internet…
PC: click 'Help' at the top of your browser window and select 'About'
Mac: with the browser window open, click on the Apple menu and select 'About'

Here are some links to help on managing cookies in the most popular internet browsers:

Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Microsoft Internet Explorer

Alternatively search for "cookies" in the Help for your browser.

A quote from a reader

Site designed by Bath Marketing Consultancy