What are cookies?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a 'memory' for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.

Visiting pages on this website may produce the following kinds of cookie:

Analytics cookies

Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site. We use this information to improve the site.

Analytics cookies are used for statistical purposes only.

Centre info cookie

We store reference to your currently chosen centre in the cookie. This is purely for user experience so that we can show you the centre's menu navigation as you browse other parts of the site. We do not use this data in any other way.

Turning cookies off

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. If you prevent your browser from accepting cookies from us then your experience of the site may be affected. 

Modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer 
Cookie settings in Firefox 
Cookie settings in Chrome 
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS 

More information about cookies
All About Cookies 
The Information Commissioner's Office


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