Cookies are small text files stored by your web browser (e.g. FireFox, Chrome, IE, Safari) on your computer, tablet or mobile phone to enable functionality on a website (for example storing user preferences).
The website creates a 'user session' cookie for each user who visits. This cookie is used to save your login details and it will remain in place until you log out. If using a public computer it is essential you log out or your account may be compromised.
The website may also uses Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a tool that allows the behaviour of users on a website to be analysed, to help a website owner to provide the best user experience. Google Analytics generates cookies that identify whether you've visited the website before, which pages you visit etc. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only.
The data stored by these cookies never contains any confidential information.
You can restrict or block the cookies used by this website through your browser settings but this will stop you from logging in. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org which provides directions on how to block cookies on all major browsers. This site also explains how you can delete cookies that have already been stored on your computer as well as general information about cookies.