What are cookies?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.
Analytics Cookies: Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only.
Registration Cookies: When you register with this website, we generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not. Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. If you have not selected 'keep me signed in,' your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.
Session Cookies: Cookies that are stored in the computer's memory only during a user's browsing session and are automatically deleted from the user's computer when the browser is closed are called session cookies. These cookies store a session ID that is not personally identifiable to users, allowing the user to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly. They are widely across this site and deleting them or rejecting them may cause problems browsing this website. Session cookies expire at the end of the user's browser session and can also become no longer accessible after the session has been inactive for a specified length of time, usually 20 minutes.
How to manage your cookies: To find out how to manage what cookies you allow, see your browser's help section or your mobile phone manual.