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Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files stored on your browser as a record of your activity on the site. EU legislation states that all websites must let you know when cookies are in use. Most websites use cookies and they won’t cause any harm to your device. Cookies don’t tell us who you are or give us any personal details about you. If you do not accept the cookies you will still be able to browse our site and will not prevent any functionality of the site itself.

Which cookies do we use on this site and why?

The main type of cookie that we use assists us in monitoring site performance. Performance cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website, for example, how many visitors came to our website and when, what browsers visitors use, and how long visitors stay on the site. This data does not contain any information that is personal to you.

Additionally, from time to time we conduct surveys to learn how we can make the site better, so we use cookies to stop the survey prompt appearing if you have completed the survey, or click ‘close’.

The length of time a cookie stays on your device varies depending upon the type. The names of the cookies we use on this site and the function they perform are as follows:

  • Webtrends: used for estimating our audience size and usage pattern for performance improvement
  • SurveyMonkey: used to recognise that you have completed a survey to prevent you seeing it again
  • Google Universal Analytics: used to help us analyse how our visitors use the site. Find out more about how these cookies are used on the Google privacy site.

Enabling and disabling cookies

No personally identifiable information is stored within cookies. Therefore, we recommend you leave these turned on.

To check if cookies are enabled on your device, please follow the steps below. Alternatively, view your browser’s help pages or information on how to manage cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer.

To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the Help option in your browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.

To learn about controlling cookies on the browser of your mobile device please refer to your handset manual.

Further information

For more information about cookies, see the ICO's Cookies and similar technologies.