Cookie policy

Our website uses cookies. This document tells you more about which cookies we use and what they are for, and tells you what your options are for turning these off (usually called disabling). When we refer to a web browser in this document, we mean the software on your computer which enables you to access the Internet. The most common browsers are Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Cookies are classed either as ‘session’ cookies, which are deleted from your computer when you close your browser; or ‘persistent’ cookies, which remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date (anything from a few months to decades ahead). Cookies are basically helpful and cannot, in themselves, contain viruses or harm your computer.

Types of cookie

Some of the cookies used on our website are essential or necessary and support site navigation, searches, mailing list forms and other functions of the website which you would expect to work for you. Other cookies on the site are analytical, allowing us to recognise and count the number of people who visit the site, to see how those visitors move around the site and which pages they look at most often. Analytical cookies record your browsing habits across all the websites you visit, but do not store your personal data and cannot identify you as an individual.

Analytical cookies on our site are tracked by Google Analytics which provides us with reports on how our site is being used; this helps us to improve the way our website works, directing visitors as efficiently as possible to the information they want to see.

A third group of cookies,  targeting or advertising cookies, are not currently used on our site.  These cookies track which sites you visit, your behaviour while on the site (time spent, pages accessed and links followed) and what you buy. This information is used by advertising services to show you products which they think will interest you, based on your browsing history. 

Disabling cookies

Most web browsers are set by default to accept cookies, but you can change the default in your browser settings.  You have some control over which cookies you allow, and this is explained below, however, disabling cookies will interfere with your user experience on most websites. 

Choosing which cookies to accept

The cookie pop-up on a website gives you a choice the first time you visit the site. You can accept all cookies by simply clicking the button, or you can choose to read the site’s Cookie Policy to find out what cookies are being used and how to amend your preferences via your browser settings. Web browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari, etc) accept cookies by default; to turn them off you will need to go into the Settings menu for your browser. Older browsers may offer only a single option, to allow or disallow all cookies regardless of type; newer browsers allow a better degree of selection and control. Please note that if you disable all cookies via your browser settings, then most websites you visit will function less effectively; some functions may not work at all.

To opt out of Google Analytics altogether, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Google’s privacy policy is available at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

You can also temporarily remove cookies from your computer by selecting ‘delete browsing history’ in your browser’s Internet settings. This acts like a spring-clean whenever you choose, but the cookies will accumulate again with future use.

For further information about cookies please visit aboutcookies.org