Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you browse websites.
Cookies are not actual programs or software. When you visit a website it stores a snippet of text from your visit; the next time you visit, this text is retrieved by the website and they recognise you. This can be used differently depending on the actual website visited. You can think of cookies as providing a “memory” for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately. Cookies on our website do NOT store any personally identifiable information such as names, addresses, email addresses or phone numbers.
For more details, see What are Cookies?
Cookies allow us to:
A cookie will typically hold:
This includes holding information once you’ve logged in to save you having to re-login each time you visit a different page during your session;
Once you log off or close the browser the session cookie will be removed.
To facilitate easy sharing or liking of content on social network platforms such Facebook and Twitter, we have included ‘share’ and ‘like’ buttons on our site.
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube or Vimeo video. Disabling these cookies is likely to break the functions offered by these third parties
These statistics help us make our site as user-friendly as possible, to ensure a good experience for all visitors.
We use Google Analytics, which is a program that helps us measure site usage details including the examples above.
We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website.
We use Google Webmaster Tools.
You can switch cookies off by adjusting your internet browser settings to stop accepting cookies. There are many different browsers and versions, some of which are listed below. Simply click on the relevant browser link to learn how to disable and manage cookies. If your browser is not listed, you can visit the preferred search engine.
Please be aware, however, that if you do disable cookies, certain services on the website will not be available to you and your use of these will be impaired.