This website uses "cookies" which help us to provide you with a good browsing experience and to improve our website. If you do not wish to accept cookies, please see the section below explaining how to disable cookies in your browser.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files sent from a website to your computer where they are stored by your web browser. Every time you go back to the same website, the browser retrieves this file and sends the information in it to the website server. Cookies are not programmes, and they do not carry viruses. While you can delete cookies from your computer and disable the saving of cookies by your web browser, doing so may prevent you from using some features of certain websites. Cookies can be created not just by the website you are browsing, but also by other websites that run advertisements, widgets or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how advertisements appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page. Without cookies, you would not be able, for example, to use an online shopping cart or preserve your user preferences.
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations
How we are trying to comply
We have conducted a survey of the cookies that this site uses, as listed in the next section. At present we cannot prevent our website from trying to set cookies when a user first views a page on the site, though we are actively exploring ways in which this might be achieved. As an interim measure, we have included, in the footer of each page, a statement informing the user that visiting the site will try to set cookies on their computer, and referring the user to this page which lists which cookies are set and their purpose, together with links to information that will enable users to disable cookies in their browser should they so choose.
Cookies used by this site
Cookies may be set either by the this website ("first-party cookies"), or by a third party website ("third-party cookies"). The lists below identify the cookies we use and explain the purposes for which they are used.
- A Session ID, with a name beginning with the letters SESS, which is used when administrators of the website log in. This cookie does not contain any personal information which could identify the user, and is therefore minimally intrusive. It is used solely to enable site administrators to log in to the site, but is not required by ordinary users. However, consideration will be given to its removal in the near future.
- Four cookies used by Google Analytics, called _utma, _utmb, _utmc and _utmv. These cookies collect information in an anonymous form. _utma stores the number of visits by a user, the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. _utmb and _utmc check how long you stay on the site, and _utmz stores whether you arrived at the site via a search engine, a search keyword, or a link. _utma and _utmb expire immediately, but _utmz remains valid for six months. _utmc is valid for the current browsing session. We are awaiting advice on these cookies and how to deal with them from Oxford University Computing Services, which currently ranks them as minimally intrusive. Further information on privacy and the protection of data obtained from these cookies can be obtained from Google Analytics.
How to disable cookies in your web browser
For further information on cookies, the ICO's guidelines, and now to disable the storage of cookies by your brower, please consult the following pages: