Cookies

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files stored on your computer when you visit certain web pages.

We use cookies to enchance your user experience such as the text resizing tool to remember your settings. If you do not wish to enable cookies, you will still be able to browse the site but some features may not be available to you. Most web browsers have cookies enabled, but see Managing cookies for help to turn them on should you need to.

Our cookies cannot harm your computer. We do not store personally identifiable information, we use cookies to monitor the way you use our website so that we can improve your experience.

We are giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with recent legislation, and to make sure we are honest and clear about your privacy when using our website.

Our Cookies Policy

To make full use of our website, your computer, tablet or mobile phone will need to accept cookies, as we can only provide you with certain personalised features of this website by using them.

Our cookies do not store any sensitive information. However, if you would prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from our website, or any other website, you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phone's handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

Here is a list of the main cookies we use, and what we use them for.

_ga

Used to distinguish users.

2 years

_gat

Used to throttle request rate.

10 minutes

PHPSESSID

This cookie stores temporary information to enable site functionality. They are automatically deleted when you close your browser.

Browser Session End

_csrf

This cookie stores temporary information to enable site functionality. They are automatically deleted when you close your browser.

Browser Session End

Managing Cookies

If cookies are not enabled on your computer, it can limit your experience on our website, you will nott be able to use settings such as the text resizing facility.

How to check cookies are enabled for Windows based PCs

IE

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0

  1. Click on 'Tools' from the top menu of the browser window and select 'Internet options', then click on the 'Privacy' tab
  2. Set your Privacy level to Medium or below, which will enable cookies in your browser
  3. Settings above Medium will disable cookies

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

  1. Click on 'Tools' from the top menu of the browser window and select Options
  2. Click the 'Under the Hood' tab, select the 'Privacy' section, and click the 'Content settings' button
  3. Now click 'Allow local data to be set'

Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on 'Tools' from the top menu of the browser window and select Options
  2. Then click the Privacy icon
  3. Click on Cookies, then select 'allow sites to set cookies'

Safari

Safari

  1. Click on the Cog icon at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option
  2. Click on 'Security', check the option that says 'Block third-party and advertising cookies'
  3. Click 'Save'

How to check cookies are enabled for Mac OS

Safari

Safari on OSX

  1. Click on 'Safari' from the top menu and select the 'Preferences' option
  2. Click on 'Security' then 'Accept cookies'
  3. Select the 'Only from site you navigate to'

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

  1. Click on 'Chrome' from the top menu and select the 'Preferences' option
  2. Click the 'Settings' tab, scroll to the 'Privacy' section, and click the 'Content settings' button
  3. Now click 'Allow local data to be set'

Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on 'Firefox' from the top menu and select the 'Preferences' option
  2. Then click the Privacy icon
  3. Click then select 'firefox will remember history'

All other browsers

Please consult your browser documentation.

Further information about cookies

If you would like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org.