What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file which is placed on your computer by a website when you visit it. Basic cookies contain the site name and a unique user ID. The next time you visit that site, your browser checks to see if it has a cookie for it and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site. The site then ‘knows’ that you have been there before, and can, for example, tailor your experience of the site. More sophisticated cookies allow you to do other things, like join specific groups or areas on the site.
Some of the cookies we place on your computer allow you to do important things on our site, like create an account, log in/out and post contributions. These facilities will not work without cookies.
Google Analytics cookies help us to improve your experience of our site but are not essential to its basic functioning. We use these cookies to collect non-personal information about your computer, including, where available, your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration purposes and to measure our effectiveness. They also enable us to estimate our audience size and usage patterns. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns and does not identify any individual.
We use also cookies to help us deliver a better and more personalised service. If you are a registered member and you log in, they allow us to
- Store information about your preferences, enabling us to customise our site according to your individual interests
- Speed up your searches
- Recognise you when you return to our site
Third party cookies
Facebook and Twitter cookies are examples of ‘third party’ cookies on our site. If you click a function on our website that is associated with these parties (e.g. to share or tweet a piece of information), they will place cookies on your computer. We do not take responsibility for these cookies, as to make use of these functions you will have already accepted the terms and conditions of use with the relevant party.
We may embed videos on our site using YouTube, which sets cookies on your computer once you click on the content. As you do not have to sign up to first in order to view this content, you will not have accepted its terms and conditions. We do not take responsibility for these cookies.
Yes. You can use a setting on your browser which allows you to refuse to accept cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to use certain parts of our site and it may not perform as expected.
Different browsers have different instructions for managing cookies. You may also be able to accept certain cookies and not others. For example, you may be able to refuse third party cookies.