What's a cookie?
A "cookie" is a small file that is stored on your computer's hard drive and which records your navigation of a website (if you allow) so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system. If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings.
- Track your use of our websit to compile aggregate data about site traffic and interaction
- Remember preferences and information about you so you don’t have to provide it again
This enables us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns that emerge. This helps us to develop and improve our website and services in response to what our visitors want and need.
We use Google Analytics service on our website to help track which content is popular and to track the effectiveness of any advertising campaigns.
To help the analytics service work, cookies are stored on your computer. A table can be found below which lists the cookies and their purpose.
How long do cookies last?
Some cookies are removed when you finish your session and exit the browser. Others are more long-term, sometimes indefinite, and are saved onto your device so they’re there when you return to the website.
How to reject cookies
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies if you don’t want to receive cookies that are not strictly necessary to perform basic features of our site. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
If you disable cookies, some of the features that make your site more efficient, may not function properly.
Cookies can be disabled at any time, even if you have previously accepted them.
For more information generally on cookies, including how to disable them, please refer to aboutcookies.org. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer.