The NSMC is committed to safeguarding website users' privacy. Should you pass any personal information to us, we will treat this as confidential and your details will not be given or sold to anyone.

Any information we collect online will be used to help us understand more about how our site is used by visitors and to develop and improve our services to you.

The NSMC makes every effort to ensure the security and integrity of emails on our system. However, no online data transmission can be guaranteed to be totally secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information after we have received it, The NSMC cannot guarantee the security of information when it is being transmitted.


When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. This sometimes involve placing small amounts of information on your computer. These are called 'cookies'.

These cookies cannot be used to identify you personally and are used to improve services for you through:

  • ​Enabling a service to recognise your computer so you don't have to give the same information during one task.
  • Recognising that you have already given a username and password, so you don't need to enter it for every web page requested.
  • Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

​You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them from

The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by The NSMC and the third-party services we use.

Google analytics

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately monitor the number of visitors to our website and the volumes of usage.

Cookie: Data: Purpose: Expires:
__utma             Random string Google analytics 2 years
__utmb Random string Google analytics 30 minutes
__utmc Random string Google analytics Deleted when browser is closed
__utmz Random string
and source information
Google analytics 6 months
__qa Random string Google analytics 2 years
_gat Random string Google analytics 10 minutes


For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.



Drupal is the open source platform and content management system on which The NSMC website is built.

Cookie: Data: Purpose: Expires:
SESS*random characters* Random string session ID Drupal session cookie 23 days
has_js Boolean 1 or 0 depending on Javascript support

Detects and remembers if the device supports Javascript.

Deleted when browser is closed


For more information, visit the Drupal website.


Drupal Webform

Webform is the module for making forms and surveys in Drupal.

Cookie: Data: Purpose: Expires:
webform-random characters* Including the server's submission time Webform Drupal session cookie 24 hours


For more information, visit the Webform.