Cookies and Privacy

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. They make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

What is in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

Our site uses two types of cookies: “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”.

Session cookies:

These are pieces of data created temporarily when you visit a website and are used to store your “preferences” while you move around the site You can set your computer not to accept cookies. However, if you do this, you may not be able to use some site features because we need to record your preferences in order to give you the information you need during your visit. Session cookies are deleted when you leave the site. They do not contain any personal information about you, and do not hold any information about sites you have visited.

Persistent cookies:

These are pieces of data stored on your computer and used in subsequent visits to our site. Persistent cookies are not deleted when you leave our site but can expire after a set period The following persistent cookies are used on this website:

Cookie Consent – Contains the date acknowledgement was made that our site uses cookies

Google Analytics – Stores anonymous information about how visitors use our site, including the number of visitors, the pages visited, where visitors have come from etc. This information is used by us to improve the content and navigation of the site. Google Analytics cookies are called _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz. Full details are available from Google’s Analytics Website. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

YouTube – From time to time we may incorporate embedded YouTube videos on our site. When we do this we use the privacy-enhanced mode for the YouTube player. This will use cookies when you click play on the video but it will not store any personally identifiable information.

Log files – Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. They enable us to make changes to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information or information about which other sites you have visited.

Further information about cookies
If you’d like to learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org (please note that we can’t be responsible for the content of external websites)