Updated 5 February 2023
What Cookies are and how we use them
A cookie is a small file that asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Cookies help us to provide you with a better website, by monitoring the pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. If you continue to use this site without taking action to prevent the storage of this information, you are agreeing to this use.
If you want to learn more about the general uses of cookies, including how to stop them from being stored by your computer, please visit All About Cookies on Cookiepedia.
The different types of cookies we use on this site, and an explanation of what they are used for are summarised in the following lists.
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Cookies set by third parties
Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by a website other than the one you are currently on. For example, we might have a Facebook like button on our site. That like button will set a cookie that can be read by Facebook. That would be considered a third-party cookie. We do not have control over the cookies set by these services. You should check the third-party websites for more information about their own cookies.
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store and use this information.