What are cookies?

Cookies are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently. A cookie, also known as a web cookie, browser cookie, and HTTP cookie, is a piece of text stored by a user’s web browser. A cookie can be used for authentication, storing site preferences etc. Cookies are purely text and numbers and are not programs and therefore cannot harm your computer.

How we use cookies

There are 2 main types of cookies that we use – session cookies and persistent cookies.

Session Cookies. These last for just a single visit and are then deleted when you close your web browser. We use these to remember details from the previous page etc.

Persistent Cookies. These are stored by the browser even when it has been closed so that the next time the user visits the website that originally created the cookie the website can read the information. These type of cookies have an expiry date which is controlled by the website that created them. We use these type of cookies for Google Analytics (which records information about who visits our site) and your login details.

How to manage or refuse cookies

If you do not want your browser to accept cookies it is possible to change your browser settings. You can also delete existing cookies from your browser. Blocking cookies however will affect your web experience and may result in some parts of this website not working properly. Some cookies are designed to help save you time, for example, by remembering your username when you login for the second time. Each internet browser has different ways of controlling cookies and we recommend you visit the following websites for further information on changing your cookie settings: