Use of Cookies

Our website, like most others, uses small files called ‘cookies’ to help customise your experience. This page contains information on what ‘cookies’ are; the cookies used by; granting us permission to use cookies; how to switch cookies off in your browser; and some useful links.

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What are ‘cookies’?

‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser (eg Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to recognise a user and respond appropriately.

How does use cookies?

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • determining whether you are logged in or not;
  • remembering your search settings;
  • improving the speed and security of our site;
  • allowing you to add comments to our site.

The cookies we use are not permanently placed on your device; they are ‘session cookies’ which expire after a limited amount of time.

We DO NOT use cookies to:

  • collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission);
  • collect any sensitive information (without your express permission);
  • pass data to advertising networks;
  • pass personally identifiable data to third parties.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on the software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you agree to our use of cookies. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Third party cookies

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties which may set their own anonymous cookies to track the success of their application. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • YouTube powers the videos on our site.

Disabling these cookies will probably break the functions offered by these third parties.

Turning cookies off

Modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. The ‘Help’ option in your browser will provide more details.

Remember, turning cookies off will probably limit the functionality of our website (and most other websites).

Perhaps your concerns about cookies relate to so-called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. You can learn more about managing cookies with anti-spyware software here:

Useful links

You can find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet here:

Microsoft Cookies guide

All About Cookies

You can find further legal information about privacy issues here:

Data Protection Act 1998

The Information Commissioner’s Office


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