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.
Some cookies are deleted when you close down your browser. These are known as session cookies.
Others remain on your device until they expire or you delete them from your cache. These are known as persistent cookies and enable us to remember things about you as a returning visitor.

Session cookies

We use this type of cookie to improve the user experience in our website and to remember his/her preferences during that visit only.

Persistent cookies

Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software generates an anonymous analytics cookie.
Unless you are signed in to, these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only.
If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as username and email address.

Third party cookies

We do not use third party cookies.

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings.
These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser.