Cookies are small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site work more efficiently and in the majority of cases they are perfectly harmless. Cookies are used on this website to retain your user preferences and to allow the dynamic content to work correctly. They are also used to provide anonymous tracking data so that the website can continue to be developed and enhanced. We only use this information 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 in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
What cookies we use
Universal Analytics (Google)
We use Google Analytics for anonymised website traffic analysis. In order to track your session usage, Google drops a cookie (_ga) with a randomly generated ClientID in your browser. This ID is anonymised and contains no identifiable information like email, phone number, name, etc. We also send Google your IP Address. We use GA to track aggregated website behaviour, such as what pages you looked at, for how long, and so on.
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. We may also collect demographic information such as age and gender. We use this information to better understand our users in order to create better content.
Read more about how Google Analytics protects your data.
Social Sharing Cookies
We use some social sharing plugins, to allow users to share certain pages of our website on social media. They allow us and users to view how many times a page has been shared (for example our News stories).
When you first time land on the website you will have an option to accept or deny cookies (small pop up window at the bottom right of the screen). You may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.
You can also disable Google Analytics cookies completely by installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.