What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are sent to your browser when you visit our Site. When you visit our Site again, the cookie allows our Site to recognise your browser. Cookies are useful because they help us make your Site experience more enjoyable. They allow us to recognise your IP address or device (e.g. your laptop or mobile device) so that we can tailor your experience of our Site. Cookies do not typically identify you as an individual, just the device or IP address you are using. You can find out more about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies do lots of different jobs on this Site, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, remembering your email and password, letting us analyse how well our Site is performing, and improving your experience.
What types of cookies do we use?
We want you to understand the different types of cookies that we use on our Site. Some of these cookies are essential to the operation of our Site. Others are not essential, but help to improve our Site by collecting user information, or try and improve your experience of our Site by remembering your choices. Generally, our cookies perform up to three different functions:
Type 1 – Strictly necessary cookies – which enable services you have specifically asked for
We use a number of cookies which are essential to the operation of this Site. For example, these types of cookies let us identify registered users and ensure they can access the registered user-only areas of this Site, and provide the necessary security your visit to our Site requires. Without these cookies, services that you have asked for cannot be provided.
Type 2 – Performance cookies – which collect anonymous information about the web pages you visit
These cookies collect information about how visitors use our Site, for example, which pages our visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages on those pages. These performance cookies don't collect information that identifies you as an individual – all information they collect is aggregated and anonymous. The information gathered is only used to improve how our Site works.
We use Google Analytics on our Site to help us analyse how our Site is used. You can find out more about this popular website analytics tool here: http://www.google.com/analytics/index.html. Google Analytics uses performance cookies to track visitor interactions. For example, by using cookies Google can tell us which pages our users view, which are most popular, what time of day our Site is visited, whether visitors have been to our Site before, what website referred the visitor to our Site, and other similar information. All of this information is anonymised. Google takes the privacy and security of your Google Analytics data seriously and you can find out more about how it protects your data here: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
Type 3 – Functionality cookies – which remember your choices to improve your experience
These cookies allow our Site to remember choices you make, such as remembering your language and the region you are in. The aim of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience so that you don't have to reset your preferences each time you visit us.
How to manage cookies on our Site
Disabling other cookies
You can disable and/or delete all types of cookies by using your browser settings. Cookies are generally easy to disable and/or delete but how you do so varies from browser to browser. The "help" function within your browser should tell you how to do it. The best way may be to close your browser and then search for "cookie folder" or "cookie manager" or simply "cookie".