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Introduction to Cookies (the site) uses cookies. This page explains what cookies are, what this site uses them for and what each cookie on the site does. It also explains how to manage your cookie preferences.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Google Chrome) then sends these cookies back to the website on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like personalised details or user preferences.

The cookie asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps to analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operation to your needs, likes and dislikes by remembering information about your preferences.

How we use cookies

We use cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us to analyse data about web page traffic, and improve our website in order to tailor it to the needs of visitors to the site. We only use this data for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

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 does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

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What the website uses cookies for

Strictly necessary cookies are essential to make the site work. An example of this is the cookies we need to make the registration forms work.

Functional cookies improve your experience of the site, remembering your preferences, such as your accessibility settings, helping us to make the site accessible to visitors with different needs.

Performance cookies are used to help improve the performance of our site and help us to learn what works best so that we can provide you with the best experience.

We use functionality from social websites such as Facebook and Twitter to allow you to share content from our site on these social networks and use their functionality. These sites use third party functionality cookies to allow this to work.

We may also use third party behavioural advertising cookies to help make any advertising or messaging we do as relevant and useful as possible.

The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site during their visit. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example by making sure visitors are finding what they need easily.

How to stop cookies being used

It is possible to stop some or all of the cookies working on your browser by opting out. However, this may stop from working or impair your experience.

If you would prefer that we do not use cookies to provide the features and benefits described above, but still wish to use our site, most browsers allow you to prevent cookies being stored on your computer. If you want to know more about this, please look at the “Help” menu on your browser for further information.