A cookie is a small file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) which asks permission to be placed on your computer, it is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser.

Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personally identifiable information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

This site uses cookies. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en-GB/policies/privacy/key-terms/#toc-terms-cookie: The relevant cookies are: _ga

Our web service or hosting providers also use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can, however, obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links, or check the help section of your web browser:

  • Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
  • Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
  • Opera: http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/
  • Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
  • Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411
  • Microsoft Edge: https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy

Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, if you block cookies, you may not be able to use all the features on our website.