About cookies and how they are used
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device. They are commonly used by websites to help them work more efficiently and to provide information to the website owners.
When you visit a website the cookies will gather information about your use of the site or in some cases, allow you to be recognised as an existing user when you return to the website.
Cookies help the website to work in the way that you would expect and to provide you with a good user experience. They also enable the website owner to improve the website and make it function more efficiently.
Cookies can fall in to broad categories:
Strictly necessary cookies
These are required for operational purposes. They are used to make websites work efficiently and to allow visitors to navigate around the website properly.
Analytical performance cookies
These count visitor numbers, recognise returning visitors and allow website owners to see how visitors move around the website. This data helps to improve website mapping so that visitors are able to easily find the information they are looking for.
This type of cookie record the pages visited and the links that have been followed. This data helps to tailor content to user requirements.
The cookies we use
We use Google Analytics file names: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz. These cookies 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 is used to help us improve the website and is collected anonymously – no personal data is 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 website. This data allows us to determine and monitor the percentage of new visitors.
You can find out more about how to manage and delete cookies by visiting Cookiepedia