About cookies and how they are used
Cookies are small data files that websites place on your computer or mobile device. They are commonly used by sites to help them work more efficiently and to provide information to the website owners.
When you visit a website the cookies will gather date about how you use the site or, in some cases, allow you to be recognised as an existing user, when you return to the site.
Cookies help the website work in the way that you would expect and provide you with a good user experience. They also enable the website owner to improve the functionality of the site.
Cookies can fall into certain broad categories:
Strictly necessary cookies
These are necessary to make a website work efficiently and to allow visitors to navigate the site properly.
Analytical performance cookies
These count visitor numbers, recognise returning visitors and help website owners understand how visitors move around the website. This helps to improve website mapping so that visitors can find easily the information they are looking for.
This type of cookie records the pages visited and the links that have been followed, thereby helping tailor content to user requirements.
The cookies we use
We use Google Analytics file names: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz. These are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. Reports are compiled showing the number of visitors, where they have come from and the pages they have visited. This information helps us improve the website and is collected anonymously with no personal data being recorded.
Session and permanent cookies
We use session cookies, that expire when you leave our website, and also permanent cookies, that recognise you as a returning user the next time you visit our site. This data lets us determine and monitor the percentage of new visitors.
You can find out more about how to manage and delete cookies by visiting Cookiepedia