Cookies policy

A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer or device which contains information about your visit to our website.

There are 2 main types of cookie used on websites:

  • Session cookies which are temporary and normally deleted when you close your browser. These are used to help you complete tasks online, for instance remembering your details when you complete forms or remembering recent search terms
  • Persistent cookies are stored for a fixed period of time. They are used so the website knows you've visited before and any preferences you set at the time. Persistent cookies are also used to collect visitor statistics

Cookies are usually set in one of 2 ways:

  • First party cookies are set directly by the website you are visiting and the information is only used by that website
  • Third party cookies are set by a different website or organisation to the one you are currently using and the data may be shared

Cookies fall into broad categories depending on their intended use:

  • Strictly necessary cookies enable you to move around the website and use its core features
  • Performance cookies collect information about how you use the website, are anonymised and are only used to help improve the website's performance
  • Functionality cookies allow the website to remember choices you've made and provide a more enhanced, personalised service
  • Targeting / tracking cookies are used to deliver more relevant advertising. These are usually set by third party agencies and the information gathered may be shared with other organisations

Cookies used by this site

We use a mixture of cookie types to help improve your experience using our website; they all fall into one of 3 categories:

  • Strictly necessary cookies for log-in and form submission
  • Performance cookies for visitor metrics across the website
  • Functionality cookies for storing your preferences and customer satisfaction feedback

We use cookies to:

  • remember preferences you have set
  • make form submission easier
  • recognise when you're logged in
  • log you out automatically after a period of time to protect your account against misuse
  • know how many people have visited our website, the search terms they use and the journeys they make to locate content
  • capture user feedback and ensure we only ask you to partake once

We do not use the information captured by cookies for any other purpose. Please see our privacy statement.

Your consent

By continuing to use this website and the other websites on this domain (, you are accepting that we will place the 3 categories of cookies mentioned above on your device. Should we ever use tracking cookies in the future, we will ensure there is a mechanism in place by which we can gain your explicit consent.

Refusing cookies

You can adjust your browser preferences if you prefer cookies to be 'refused'. However, as certain website functions rely on cookies, refusing cookies may affect your use of this website.

For example:

  • signing up and logging in to areas with account / subscription facilities
  • completing multi-page form submissions
  • saving previously indicated preferences

Cookies and the law

A European privacy law known as the ePrivacy Directive came into force in the UK during 2011 to give users of websites and other digital media more control over the information which is collected about them.

The Information Commission's Office are responsible for enforcement of the directive in the UK and more information can be found on their website.

Cookies are also governed by the Data Protection Act 1998, in particular the 1st and 3rd data protection principles.

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