What is a cookie?
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website. Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically as a norm to help encourage having this tailored user experience within websites.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
The information which is collected by cookies can generally include but is not limited to, information about your computer settings, your connection to the Internet e.g. operating system and platform, IP address, your browsing patterns and timings of browsing on the Website and your location.
To help provide additional functionality to our website.
To help provide a tailored user experience for our website.
To identify your computer and find out details about your last visit.
For analytic and statistical purposes.
This site uses ASP.NET technology and cookies are stored by ASP.NET sessions.
To supply a direct and personalised approach when logged in, this can include but is not limited to showing your username, forename, surname and profile image that you may have supplied.