What are cookies and why do we use them?

A cookie is a small text marker stored on your computer that enables us to track the use of our website. We use cookies to sign in and register with our website, to remember your accessibility settings and ensure the website is as user friendly as possible. Most big websites do this too.

You can control cookies through your web browser settings, allowing you to decide if you what to access sites that use cookies.

Please note: if you delete or disable our cookies you may not be able to register on our site and benefit from some of our online features.

Our website uses cookies in several places - we've listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Registering or signing into

We use cookies to:

  1. allow users to log in and register with our website
  2. check that cookies can be set and therefore determine whether a user is able to log in
  3. record that a poll has been answered
Cookies used for registering and signing in
Cookie name  Typical content   Expires
Test "Test", Jadu cookie is set to determine whether cookies can be set. It only contains the value "Test" and no other details.
When you close your browser 
Session ID  This is used to maintain a user's session when they log in. It just contains the session ID and no personal details.  When you close your browser

Storing accessibility settings

If you use our accessibility settings to change how our website looks, then we will set a cookie so your settings are remembered.

Cookies used for accessibility options
Cookie name Typical Content Expires
userColourscheme Name of the colour scheme (e.g. 'soft1') 1 hour
userFontsize Font size chosen (e.g 'larger') 1 hour
userFontchoice Font style chosen (e.g 'comicsans') 1 hour
userLetterspacing Letter spacing chosen (e.g 'wide') 1 hour

Internal search engine

Our site search uses Google Mini, a computer server that continuously monitors and indexes the content of the site. The Mini is designed to work exactly like Google on the web, and it is connected directly to our web server. However, its index is completely independent from the web version, and no information is passed onto third parties, including Google.

Social sharing

Social sharing audio and video services are run by other companies, who may put cookies on your computer when you use them on our site or if you are already logged in to them.

Services that we may use and their use of cookies:


To improve our service we collect anonymous web statistics using programmes called Google Analytics and SiteImprove. They store several cookies on users' computers or mobiles devices to tell us how many people have visited each web page, how they got there, and where they navigated to from there. The data collected is completely anonymous and does not store any personal details.

If you don't want your web visits to be tracked for statistical purposes like this, you can tell us not to use cookies. Pick 'No, please do not use cookies' at the top of our web pages. If you have previously picked 'Yes, please use cookies', you can restore the option by clearing your cookies.

You have the opportunity to set your computer to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The way in which you do this depends upon the web browser which you use. Go to to find out more.