Privacy & Cookies

Cookies are small text files that websites place on the computers and mobile devices of people who visit them. These text files allow a website to remember your device and how you interacted with the content you viewed. This information is useful as it will help make websites work (or work more efficiently) as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Our use of cookies

WEST use cookies to improve the quality of the service we offer, especially to enable users with visual impairment to alter the appearance of our site to suit their needs. The tables below explain the cookies we use and why. We have also provided information on how to remove and opt out of all cookies below.

Essential cookies

These cookies have been deemed necessary for the function of this website and will be left on your browser even if you opt-out of cookies via our cookies popup. By blocking these cookies from being set at a browser level, it could have unintended effects on your browsing experience, as we will be unable to record your preferences.

Cookie preferencecookiesThis cookie stores your preference toward the use analytics cookies on this website. The cookie is set when you respond to the cookie popup that appears at the bottom of the screen and is also used to keep the popup hidden while you have an active preference stored.This cookie expires in 1 month
Cache bypasswpSGCacheBypassThis cookie is used by the server for local caching purposes to improve loading time of the website..This cookie expires in 90 minutes

Please note that our site does not currently allow public logins, however if you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

Analytics cookies

The following cookies will only be left by this website if you choose to accept cookies when prompted by the cookie popup (see ‘Cookie preference’ in the table above).

Universal Analytics (Google)_ga
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data_ga expires 2 years after your last visit to the website.
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_gat expires in 1 hour.
_gid expires 1 day after your last visit to the website.
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You have not yet provided a response to the use of analytics cookies on this website. Please read the information on this page and register your preference below:

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Where possible we will use privacy-enhanced embedded content that does not track your information unless you interract with it.

Privacy policies of other websites

The WEST website contains links to other website, if you click on a link to another website, you should read their own policies regarding their data and cookies use.

How can I manage my cookie settings?

If you want to change your consent given for the cookies on this website, you can manage your cookie settings here.
In addition, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit

Need more information?

Please contact us.