What is a cookie?

When you visit any website, the server asks your browser if you will accept one (or more) small text files called cookies. The text in the file helps the server keep track of which requests come from which user.  

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to keep track of visitor numbers and patterns of visitor activity on our site. We also use cookies as a means of differentiating real human users from "spam-bots"; we require that our session cookie is set before accepting any form input from our users.  

Does this affect my privacy?

We do not attach any identifying or personal information to the cookie, and do not allow any third parties access to the cookies.

What if I do not want to accept cookies?

The best way to not accept cookies is to instruct your browser (via its settings) to not accept them. As this is different for each browser (and often each version of each browser) we cannot provide detailed instructions of how to do this.

The cookies we use

We use two sets of cookies: a server session cookie and Google Analytics cookies.  

Session cookies

The session cookie allows our server to keep track of page requests and the number of visitors currently accessing the site. This helps it to allocate resources to the site.

Google Analytics cookies

The Google Analytics cookies provide us with anonymous collective data about visitor usage patterns on our site.