What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are stored by the browser (eg Internet Explorer) on your computer or mobile when you first visit this site or a particular page. The cookie will help this site to recognise your device the next time you visit. While cookies of various types can be embedded into sites, unless stated otherwise, the cookies used on this site are restricted to two types, analytical and session cookies.
These cookies are used for statistical analysis only and the information generated is completely anonymous – they cannot be used to identify individuals. Every time someone visits this site, analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. The purpose is to tell us whether or not you have visited this site before.
Your browser tells us if you already have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. From this, we can track how many individual unique users we have and how often they visit this site. From this, where relevant, we can improve the navigation on the site.
Session cookies are designed to improve your journey, or ‘session’, through this site. They allow a web page to remember that you have visited it and to retain any relevant information you may have input on a particular page. This ensures that you are not asked for the same information you have already provided.
How can I turn cookies off?
This is something you control in your browser settings, either as a general instruction for all websites or selectively for individual websites you visit. Usually your browser settings are in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. Here are links to information about cookie settings relating to the most commonly used browsers:
Useful general information on cookies can be found here: www.allaboutcookies.org