What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your web browser then sends these cookies back to the website on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like personalised details or user preferences. Cookies are commonly used to help to make your experience on websites as smooth as possible. For example, they let you move between web pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your experience.
Different types of cookies are used to track short-term or long-term preferences:
- Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or mobile device when you close your browser.
- Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated.
Which cookies are used on our website and why are they used?
When you visit our website the following types of cookie are used:
- Session cookies - We use session cookies to track essential information regarding your interaction with the website. These include: remembering previous actions (such as text you've entered in a registration form) when navigating back to a page in the same session.
- Google Analytics cookies - In order to ensure our website works well for the people visiting it, we use web analytics services to track usage. Cookies allow web analytics services to recognise your browser or device and identify things such as: have you visited our website before; what you have previously viewed or clicked on; how you found us. The information is anonymous and only used for statistical purposes. It allows us to track information, such as how many individual users we have and how often they visit our websites. It also helps us to analyse patterns of user activity and to develop a better user experience.
How you can opt out of cookies?
Most modern browsers will allow you to:
- See what cookies you've got and delete them on an individual basis.
- Block third party cookies.
- Block cookies from particular sites.
- Block all cookies from being set.
- Delete all cookies when you close your browser.
For more information about how to disable cookies in your browser please visit the About cookies website.
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies (including where you have opted out from cookies, as this requires an opt-out cookie to be set). Also, if you block cookies completely many websites will not work properly and some functionality on these websites will not work at all. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our website for these reasons.
Find out more
You’ll find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org, which gives details on how to delete cookies from your computer. For information on how to do this on your mobile phone browser, please see your handset manual.