What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are saved to your computer/device when you visit a website.
Your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) then sends these cookies back to the website each time your return to the site so that they can recognise you and therefore remember data such as your login details when you select 'Remember Me' or the contents of your shopping basket on eCommerce sites.
Cookies can also be used by us to identify which pages of the site are most popular and enable you to use third party functionality from external sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Cookies are saved on a per browser basis, therefore if you are logged into a site using Firefox for example, it will not automatically log you in if you open up the same site in another browser (such as Chrome).
Types of cookie
Cookies can generally be split into 4 groups. They may not all be used on this site in particularly. To see what cookies are used on this site, click here.
1. Essential Cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of the website, for example in login areas. Without cookies your computer/device would be unable to remember that you are logged in and you would therefore be unable to navigate between pages. Other essential cookies include those used by eCommerce sites used to keep track of what is in your shopping basket between pages.
By disabling cookies, you may not be able to access all areas of this site, such as any logged in areas.
2. Functional Cookies
Functional cookies enable the website to remember information to make using the site more efficient for you. For example on sites with login areas, these cookies are used to remember your username and password every time you visit the site.
Third party social media plug-ins such as Facebook ‘like’ buttons and Twitter ‘share’ buttons use functional cookies to keep you signed into your social media accounts whilst on our site.
3. Analytics Cookies
We use analytics cookies to study how our visitors use the website and to monitor website traffic and performance. We can use this data to monitor which aspects of the site are performing well and establish where improvements can be made.
These cookies allow web analytics services (such as Google Analytics) to identify which browser and device you use as well as recognise whether you have visited the website before and how you came to our site (directly, linked from another site or from a search).
The information these cookies collect is anonymous and only used for statistical purposes. It allows us to collect information such as how many individual users we have and how often they visit our websites. It also helps us to analyse patterns of user activity which is vital towards us developing a better user experience for you.
4. Targeted Content Cookies
Whilst this website does not feature advertising, third party cookies used here may be used by other sites to show content (such as adverts) relevant to you based on your previously viewed websites. For example, pages of this site using third party social media sharing buttons (such as a Facebook ‘like’ button) will store a cookie on your computer to show you related adverts next time you return to their site. Someone who visits a lot of football websites may see more adverts for sports television as opposed to generic adverts.
Although these cookies can track your visits around the web they don't know who you are personally. They will use your web history to add you to a general demographic and serve you up content of interest to that particular group.
Whilst these types of cookies are generally considered to be more intrusive than others, it is important to note that disabling them will not mean you see less adverts across the web. You will simply see adverts that are not relevant to you.
What cookies does this site use?
|Name ||What is it ||Type ||Purpose ||Level of Intrusiveness
||Recognises when an anonymous user visits the site
||Remembers data entered into form fields
|__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz
||Measures how many users have visited a page as well as how long users spend on a page and where users were on previously to visiting this page.
|panelstate_ActiveDiscussions, panelstate_categoryPanel3, panelstate_InformationPanel
||Remembers if user has shown or hidden elements of the forum
How to manage cookies in your browser
Please remember that any settings you change will not just affect the cookies used on this site. These changes will apply to all websites that you visit.