Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used to make websites work or work more efficiently. For example, they may be required to keep you logged into a service, or to remember your choice of accessibility settings. A cookie will typically contain a record of the web site that issued it, its own name, and a value that is often a randomly generated unique number. The cookie will also have a “lifetime”, which tells your browser when to delete it. Cookies can be “session cookies” or “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary and should be deleted by your browser when you close it. Persistent cookies can remain on your hard drive indefinitely (how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie) and may continue to be accessed via your browser.

You can manually disable cookies on your computer, or delete existing cookies. You may also be able to view the cookies already in your system. This will depend on your browser; please, consult the appropriate web site for your browser.

However, please note that cookies are essential to the effective functioning of some of the website. If you disable cookies, a number of important functions and services will be unavailable to you and our website may not operate correctly in your browser.

For general visitors to the site we do not use cookies to store personal information about you, and will make no attempt to identify you through use of cookies.

To maintain and further improve the quality of our website we use Google Analytics to measure how our audience is using the website and these cookies are persistent cookies. These cookies are anonymous.


Last revised: 1 September 2013.