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Cookies policy

What are cookies?


The use of cookies is common practice on modern websites. A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your computer’s hard drive by a website. When you visit our websites, your browser checks to see if it has any cookies for it and sends the information contained in those cookies back to the site in order to tailor and improve your experience.


How do we use cookies?


Our cookies record things like whether you are currently logged into your website account. They make sure the display settings you’ve selected before – or the settings associated with your account permissions – are activated correctly.


We also use third-party cookies to track how our websites are used, as well as to carry out our advertising and marketing activities.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.


If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.


When you log in to the website, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.


If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


Third-party cookies


When you visit our websites, we allow a number of third parties including Google and WordPress to set cookies on your device to help us better understand who our users are and how they use our websites. This information enables us to:


  • Measure our sites’ effectiveness
  • Improve our content and user experience
  • Make our websites more useful and relevant to your interests


For example, we use Google Analytics cookies to collect anonymous usage and visitor behaviour information – this includes:

  • IP address
  • Operating system
  • Browser type
  • Pages visited
  • Links you click on
  • Services you purchase.


To find out more about how the third parties referred to above use cookies and how to opt out of them, please review their privacy policies. You can also follow the links below:



Email cookies


Our emails and websites may contain cookies to tell us whether emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links within an email. We may use this information to help us understand how an email campaign has performed, what types of emails and content our users find interesting, and what actions our users took, so we can improve our email campaigns in the future and make our emails more relevant to you.


Can I refuse cookies?


Yes, you can use your browser settings to disable cookies. Different browsers offer different levels of control – for example you may be able to accept certain cookies and reject others, such as third party cookies.


If you refuse cookies please be aware our website may not work smoothly for you and there may be certain parts that won’t function correctly.


You can delete the cookies stored on your computer at any time.


More information


For further information about cookies, including how to manage your cookie settings, you can visit or


IP addresses


When you use our website ( we may also collect digital information about you such as your IP address and your browsing use of our website. This is to gather insight into how you use our website to enable us to make it easier and better for you in future to find what you need, and to report statistical details to our funders.


We use IP addresses for the purposes of system administration and, like cookies, to check the use of our website.


If you request a password reset, your IP address may be included in the reset email.