Cookie policy

Find out about what exactly cookies are on the Internet, and how we use them to enhance your experience on our website.

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

What is in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket. 

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies only where absolutely needed. These areas can be broken down into end user functions and back end functions. Specifically:

  • Login cookies. We need to set cookies so that you are able to log in and browse our site properly.
  • Appearance cookies. One of the features of our website is to be able to choose a colour scheme. We use cookies to remember your preferences.
  • Analytics. By tracking the types of articles, projects or pages you click on, we can better tailor our future content to ensure we continue providing you with things that you want to see.

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive. Although the way we use cookies is harmless you may not, if you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you will lose some functions of our website (specifically, the ability to log on and maintain logins throughout your browsing session).

If you have any questions about cookies, please leave us a comment below and we'll make sure to get back to you.