What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device (iPad, iPhone etc.) when you visit the site. Cookies contain a very small amount of information, usually consisting of a string of numbers and/or letters, they are not computer programs, they don't give the website owners any kind of access to your computer or mobile device.

Cookies enable websites to remember visitor actions and preferences (for example remembering that the member has an account and should remain logged in, remember that you prefer to see content in a different language to the default, remember that you like to view the content of the website in a larger font size and other display preferences). Placing a cookie on your computer or mobile device means that you don't have to make those choices every time you visit the site or browse from one page to another. Cookies can also allow websites to collect other forms of anonymous data, for example, to help track how popular a website is.

The below explains the cookies we use and why.

How do we use cookies?

Like most other websites we use cookies to ensure that our website works properly, to enhance your experience when visiting and to provide anonymous analytical data. We do not use cookies for profiling or tracking individual visitors.

Depending on how a visitor uses our website the following types of cookies may be set:

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies
    Strictly Necessary Cookies have to be set in order for our website to work as intended.
  • Functionality Cookies
    Functionality cookies give visitors a better user experience and allow for some customisation when it comes to interacting with our website.
  • Performance Cookies
    Performance cookies are used by us, and by some of our embedded tools to collect anonymous usage data.

Please see the tables below which provides you with information on the cookies that might be stored when interacting with our websites.

My WI - (

My WI uses the same cookies as with the following changes and additions:

WI Training - (

WI Training also uses Google Analytics, please refer to the section covering Google Analytics above for more details on the cookies set by Google.

The Membership Communication System (MCS) - (

A first-party cookie is simply a cookie set by the website that you are visiting, a third-party cookie is a cookie set by an external website.

As with first-party cookies, third-party cookies have a variety of uses. Although often used legitimately, there are privacy concerns raised by third-party cookie usage as they are often used for marketing purposes.

Because cookies allow you to experience our website as it was designed we recommend that as a minimum you keep first-party cookies enabled. It is becoming increasingly common for modern browsers to give you the option to block third-party cookies and doing so should not break any functionality on our website.

If you'd like more information or help to disable cookies please read the section below.

How to control cookies

You can of course control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

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Safari (iOS) -
Android -

We are planning to enhance our cookie tools to allow visitors to more easily control their cookie settings on our website, we will also be amending this document as and when our website changes.

Last update: 24/05/2018