What is a “cookie”?
A “cookie” is a text file containing small amounts of information which a server downloads to your personal computer (PC) or mobile when you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
There are different types of cookies which are used to do different things, such as letting you navigate between different pages on a website efficiently, remembering preferences you have given a website, and improving your overall experience. Others are used to provide you with advertising which is more tailored to your interests, or to measure the number of site visits and the most popular pages users visit.
We use essential cookies, performance cookies and functionality cookies. We do not use targeting cookies.
- Essential cookies
These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for. For those types of cookies that are strictly necessary, no consent is required. 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.
These cookies don’t gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet. These cookies are not used to gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you or remember your preferences or username beyond your current visit.
- Performance cookies
These cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. We use these only to improve our site or measure response rates. All information collected by these cookies is anonymous and does not in any way impact on your privacy. We need to use them to maintain our site’s effectiveness and ease of use and to improve how our website works, understand what interests our users or measure how effective certain features of our website are.
In some cases, some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties. Where cookies are managed by third parties, any data may be used by such third parties but all data is collected in anonymised form and is used in aggregate.
Using our site indicates that you accept the use of ‘Performance’ cookies. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the website, so if you prevent them we cannot guarantee how our site will perform for you.
- Functionality cookies
‘Functionality’ cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings and choices you make to improve your experience during your visit, such us:
- Show you when you are logged into the website
- Will remember your log-in details
- Will remember the settings you’ve applied such as preferences,
- Will remember whether we’ve already asked you if you want to fill in a survey
- Measure traffic received from various websites
Functionality cookies collect non-identifiable data. No personal details are stored in this process and the information collected is only used in aggregate. We sometimes share some of the information with partners to provide a service on our website. In addition, some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties. In any case, the information shared or collected by third parties is only to be used to provide the service, product or function and not for any other purpose.
How we collect your consent
How you can manage your cookies?
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device(s) by clearing the browsing history of your browser(s). This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited. Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
If you delete all your cookies you will have to update your preferences with us again. If you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preferences again.
We cannot be responsible for the policies and practices of other websites even if:
- You accessed the third party website using links from our website; or
- You linked to our website from a third party website
We recommend that you check the policy of each site you visit and contact the owner or operator of such website if you have any concerns or questions.