experience. This is common practice around the world and the
one reason or another.
There is now an EU cookie law (e-Privacy Directive) which has
been in place since 26 May 2011. The law states that website
owners must obtain the consent of people who are accessing a
website where cookies are being used. In order for this consent to
be given we must ensure that the people who visit our website
whether they wish to continue using the website or not.
The following information explains what cookies are, how and why
we use them and how you can stop cookies being stored on your
machine if you do not wish for them to be used.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer
or mobile device by our website and only our website will be able
to read the contents of the cookie.
Each cookie is unique to your web browser and will contain some
anonymous information which allows our website to remember things
like your preferences and to respond to you as an individual.
Cookies enable websites to tailor their operations to your needs,
likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about
Cookies are used for many different jobs. For example, they may
be used to make the website pages load more quickly when you
re-visit the site or for remembering your username or other
information that you enter into forms so that it is more
convenient for you when you go to perform the same task. Cookies
make the interaction between you and the website faster and
Cookies are also used as part of programmes that track visitors
to the website and the visitor journeys on the website. This
information does not enable us to see who you are but it does
enable us to understand which pages you have visited and what
journeys you have taken through the website as well as a wide
range of other information that is related to how people use the
website. This enables us to try and identify ways that we can
improve the website. We only use this information for statistical
visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for
example, when you enter your login details and move to another
page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you
their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your
location and/or browsing habits.
recognise your computer or device so you don’t have to give the
same information many times during a single task, measuring how
many visitors are using the site so that they can ensure that
there is adequate server capacity to serve the information and
recognising usernames and passwords so that you don’t have to keep
logging in every time you move to another page.
Overall, cookies help us to provide you with a better website,
by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which
you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or
any information about you, other than the data you choose to share
Cookies ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit
(using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party
cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on
the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
- To track visitor movements on the site so that we can find out
what people are doing on the site and therefore improve the user
- To keep users logged in.
- To make it easier for people to complete tasks that they have
already completed previously.
- To make web pages load more quickly for returning visitors.
The cookies used by this website do not contain any of your
personal information and we cannot identify you through the use of
The following table describes which cookies are set and why:
|Google Analytics||_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz||These cookies are used to collect information about how
visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. The
cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including
the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come
to the site from and the pages they visited.Click here for an
overview of privacy at Google
|PHP Session||PHPSESSID||This cookie is set by the computer scripting language (PHP)
that drives the content of this website. This single cookie
allow the storage of “session” information, that is the
individual user settings in place until you quit your browser.
This includes any user account information specific to this
website only, set as part of the login process.To withdraw your consent after accepting this cookie, delete
the PHPSESSID cookie. Find out how at www.aboutcookies.org
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
Some people don’t like the idea of a website storing information
on their computer or mobile device. It is possible to block some
or all cookies and to also delete cookies that have already been
set. However, if you do this you will lose some functions of that
When you first visit our website, you will be shown a notice
decline cookies. If you accept, we will place the cookies used for
the purposes described above onto your computer.
If you do not want to receive cookies, we will display a notice
informing you that you will need to leave our website temporarily
and adjust your browser settings to prevent accepting cookies
prior to your return. Please note that, without cookies, this
website may not work as expected. You can usually also modify your
browser settings so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to
If you would like to restrict or block web browser cookies that
could be placed on your computer or device then you can do this
via your browser settings. To find out more visit www.aboutcookies.org.