What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of information which a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on
your computer. The browser then saves the information and sends it back to the website server.
When that browser returns to the same website the cookie will recognise the user.
A cookie will typically contain details such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a
value which is usually a random unique number as an identifier and the lifetime (expiry) of the
What type of cookie does our web site use?
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
1. Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us
to identify subscribers to our mailing lists and ensure they can access any subscription only
pages. If a subscriber opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of
the content that a subscription entitles them to.
2. Performance Cookies
We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website
performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and
quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance
cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is
most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use
these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you
based on your usage of the website.
3. Functionality Cookies
We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to
watch a video online or comment on a blog. Some of the maps we display using Google maps also
What if I do not accept cookies?
If you choose not to accept a cookie your experience on this site will usually be unaffected -
but you may just find it a little more difficult to navigate around the site.
Turning off / disallowing / disabling or deleting cookies:
The majority of internet browsers will provide an option to disallow cookies. You can usually
find how to do this in the help menu for your browser. Cookies can also be deleted by using your
internet browser, but you must disallow otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit