Privacy policy

This privacy policy sets out how we use and protect any information that we obtain from your use of this website.  (For our GDPR Privacy notice click here.)

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.

We may change this policy occasionally by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.
This policy is effective from June 2012

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Some are only used while you are visiting the website and are deleted at the end (e.g. login information for administrators, or options for text size should this be offered by the website). Some remain on your website and then send information back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website, such as a specialist site that provide the originating site with data on site usage.

Cookies are useful because they allow e.g. the site to know you are logged in from one page to another, or to save you resizing text to suit your needs on each page. Those that send back information on subsequent visits allow anonymous information to be gathered that helps us to improve your browsing experience.

You can find more information about cookies at:

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide.

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.

Most of the cookies of this sort that we use are only needed for those who add content, to remember their log in from page to page and to allow them to see notes on adding content.

Category 2: performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect any information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

The cookies of this sort we use are the very widely used Google Analytics cookies. We hope you will permit this, as having information about the site usage allows us to improve the site. For instance, we can concentrate our efforts in providing the sort of information that is of most interest, or investigate if certain words people looking for the site are likely to use appear not to be bringing them to this website. If you wish to opt-out you can do so here.

The options we offer to share this site with others or to print a page (at the bottom of the main content of each page) are provided by Add This – they too collect a small amount of anonymous analytics data. You can read more about their Privacy and Data Practices and, if you wish, opt out here.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these type of cookies on your device, or that you will opt out using the above links.

Category 3: functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features.

We do not currently use any cookies of this sort.

Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.

We do not currently use any cookies of this sort.

A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out here.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.