What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.
Every time someone visits our website, software provided by another organisation generates an “anonymous analytics cookie”. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site.
An example of the cookies that we use.
_gid – This third party cookie is used by Google Universal Analytics to track the number of page visits. – Duration: 24 hours
_ga – This third party cookie is used by Google Universal Analytics to provide a generalist picture of the number of page visits, unique visitors, sessions and campaign data. A randomly generated ID is used. – Duration: 2 years
wp-settings-time-1 – This wordpress cookie is used to adjust the interface of the website for the wordpress administrators. This cookie only applies to the administrator users in the CMS database of the website. – Duration: 1 year
wp-settings-1 – This wordpress cookie is used to adjust the interface and operation of the website for the wordpress administrators. This cookie only applies to the administrator users in the CMS database of the website. – Duration: 1 year
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the Help option in your browser for more details.