What is a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on a user’s computer or mobile device when visiting a website using a browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari. The text file contains a unique identifier which can be read by the website to help improve a user’s experience of the website. A cookie cannot be used to identify a user personally.
Why are cookies used?
Cookies are often used to “remember” a user of a website either for the duration of their visit (session cookies) or for repeat visits (persistent cookies). Some websites also use tracking cookies to help record how visitors interact with the site so that improvements can be made to the user experience.
What cookies are used by our website?
Here is a list of the cookies we use on our website:
These carry out essential functions such as maintaining the log-in identity of the user for the duration of the session making it easier to move from page to page without the need to repeatedly enter information. They are not stored on the user’s computer and they expire at the end of the browsing session.
These allow us to recognise repeat visitors to the site, what pages are viewed, what options are selected and what path is taken through our site. This information enables us to make improvements to the site.
From time to time we may make use of Google Analytics as an additional tool to help us further improve our website. It is a web analytics service provided by Google which allows us to recognise repeat visitors to the site, what pages are viewed, what options are selected and what path is taken through our site.
How are cookies blocked?
By using our website we assume you agree that we can place cookies on your computer or mobile device. You can block cookies from your website by configuring your web browser. For further information about controlling or deleting cookies please visit www.aboutcookies.org. For information about how to do this on your mobile device please see your device manual.