The following information explains what cookies are, how and why we use them and how you can stop cookies being stored on your machine if you do not wish for them to be used.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by our website and only our website will be able to read the contents of the cookie.
Each cookie is unique to your web browser and will contain some anonymous information which allows our website to remember things like your preferences and to respond to you as an individual. Cookies enable websites to tailor their operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Cookies are used for many different jobs. For example, they may be used to make the website pages load more quickly when you re-visit the site or for remembering your username or other information that you enter into forms so that it is more convenient for you when you go to perform the same task. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.
Cookies are also used as part of programmes that track visitors to the website and the visitor journeys on the website. This information does not enable us to see who you are but it does enable us to understand which pages you have visited and what journeys you have taken through the website as well as a wide range of other information that is related to how people use the website. This enables us to try and identify ways that we can improve the website. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
Cookies 'remember' you, either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie').
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting ('first party cookies') or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies').
The cookies used by this website do not contain any of your personal information and we cannot identify you through the use of these cookies.
- To track visitor movements on the site so that we can find out what people are doing on the site and therefore improve the user experience.
- To keep users logged in.
- To make it easier for people to complete tasks that they have already completed previously.
- To make web pages load more quickly for returning visitors.=
The following table describes which cookies are set and why:
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What to do if you don't want cookies to be set
Some people don't like the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device. It is possible to block some or all cookies and to also delete cookies that have already been set. However, if you do this you will lose some functions of that website.
If you would like to restrict or block web browser cookies that could be placed on your computer or device then you can do this via your browser settings. To find out more visit www.aboutcookies.org.