What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is placed on to your computer via your web browser when you visit a website. Cookies are used to save certain information, such as noting the last time you visited a website.
Cookies are only used to store data, they cannot be executed as code or used to deliver a virus. They are used to perform essential functions on our website. Removing them could impact your experience when using websites. They are not used to do anything harmful like start a process or infect your computer.
What Cookies do we use?
There are number of cookies that are stored as soon as you visit our website. They were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons or having visited certain pages.
Our main cookie Session ID only stays on your computer while you are on our website. It is automatically removed when you leave our website.
We also use a limited number of 'anonymised' analytical cookies like Google Analytics™ which allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our site to help us improve the way our website works, and to understand how our site is being used.
We do not present third party advertisements on our website and so we will never use third party advertising cookies that help other businesses target their products at you through our website.
Cookies don’t stay around forever and your web browser will eventually delete them. When a website stores a cookie, it states how long the cookie should stay on the computer for, this can be for the current visit only or for a period of time, for example one month.
You can choose to delete our, or any website’s, cookies from your web browser at any time (for help on how to do this, go to http://www.aboutcookies.org). You can also set your web browser to not accept any cookies if you wish. You will still be able to view our web site.