A cookie is a small piece of data (which often includes a unique identifier) that is stored on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. It is generated when users access a certain website. The cookie is stored on your browser and then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies that are generated through the use of this website are not used to identify you personally but they are used to make the site work better for you by remembering activities and preferences chosen by you and your browser. Cookies are used to improve the quality of your website experience by:
Enabling a service to recognise your device so that you do not have to repeat any unnecessary actions
Measuring how many people are using our website services, and from where in the world they visit us. This enables us to tailor content more closely to the profile of our users.
Cookies might also be used occasionally to help gather feedback to help us understand how users interact with specific services, to inform future website development plans.
Types of cookies
Cookies can be categorised from their life span:
- Session or temporary cookies: these cookies expire when you close your browser or when the session times out
- Persistent or permanent cookies: these are usually stored on your hard disk and survive across multiple sessions but have a longer expiration date
However if you wish to control, block or delete any cookies which are generated by this website, or indeed any other website, you can do so through your browser settings. The “help” function on your browser will provide relevant instructions.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.
Alternatively you may wish to visit the About Cookies website which provides comprehensive information on how to control cookies through a variety of different browsers. http://www.aboutcookies.org/