So, what is a cookie?
A cookie is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in your web browser while you are browsing a website. When you browse the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved to notify the website of your previous activity.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies are used on more than 90 per cent of sites and serve many functions. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information. For example, if
you click on 'remember me' when logging in, a cookie will store
your username. Most cookies won't collect information that
identifies you, but will instead collect more general information,
such as how users arrive at and use our websites or a user's
These cookies are divided into the following four categories:
Functional cookies on the site
Purpose: We use Google+ share buttons to allow the user to share content through Google+. These cookies allow Google to authenticate you if you share the site using Google +1 button
Purpose: Some our custom cookies are set to monitor various aspects of your experience so that we can make improvements to the site but these do not record personal information. The cookies called site_js_version, site_stylesheet and site_textsize are used to aid accessibility by allowing users to change the appearance of elements such as text and colours.
Performance cookies on the site
Purpose: We sometimes embed YouTube videos using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
Purpose: Used by google analytics to provide the site owner with analysis of who uses the site, what they are looking for and other information. This allows the site owner to know what people are searching for. This information can be used in the future to improve the site content.
Purpose: These cookies are used by Media6Degrees for tracking. Media6 Degrees is an analytics company that is part of a network of sites for AddThis.
Purpose: Youtube uses various technologies to collect and store information when you visit a Google service, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifiers to your device.
Purpose: This is a cookie created by the AddThis social media sharing plugin. Affectv is a social analytics company that helps brands and companies to understand the users that visit their webpages.
Tracking/targeting cookies on the site
Purpose: This set of cookies is created by using social media sharing buttons. These buttons allow users to share pages but also allow social media outlets to track users.
Purpose: This set of cookies is used to build groups of users to target advertising
As we've explained, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites. However, if you wish to disable our cookies, please follow the instructions below.
Turning cookies off in browsers
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
Safari on OSX