A cookie is a tiny text file that a website stores on your machine (including any computer, mobile phone or tablet) and reads on subsequent visits. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to website owners. It allows the website to identify you and for example, remember your log in details the next time you visit.
The types of cookies we use
Strictly necessary technical cookies
These are cookies that are essential, e.g. to load the website and fulfil actions requested by you. They also include Session Cookies, which are stored in your computer or device’s memory during your browsing session and are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave a website. These cookies usually store a session ID, allowing you to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.
These are cookies used to improve a website, for example, for analytics that let companies see how their site is used and where to make improvements.
These cookies are used to collect information about your browsing habits in order to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.
These are cookies are stored on your computer or device and are not deleted when your browser is closed. Persistent cookies can be used to retain your preferences for a particular website, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions. Persistent cookies usually assign a unique ID to your browser and they are usually configured to identify you for a prolonged period of time, from days to months or even years.
- to ensure you are properly logged in, where this is necessary to use the site
- to store personal registration information so that you do not have to provide it to us again on subsequent visits
- to track your progress through the site so we can make improvements to the service we offer you, and/or
- to remember any preferences which the site may allow you to set.
Managing and deleting cookies
The General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) 2018 requires website users to be told about cookies used on the site and to opt into accepting cookies, or to be able to opt out of certain cookies that are not essential to the basic functioning of the website.
You will see the opt in, opt out choices at the top of the screen. You must make a choice.
- Opting In
If you choose to opt-in to cookies, we will place a small cookie on your system to help us remember that you have chosen to accept technical, session, performance, tracking, and persistent cookies. This will give you full use of this website now and in the future. You are free to open the Cookies tab at any time and change your choice.
- Opting out
If you choose to opt-out of accepting all the cookies you are able to refuse, we will disable these cookies. You may find that much of this website, or sections of it, will no longer work. As we place no cookies on your system to remember this opt-out choice, you will see the full cookies banner on every subsequent visit to this website. You can change your choice at any time by opening the cookies tab at the top of the page.
- Using your browser controls to control your cookie settings
Most web browsers (including Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari) allow you to control your cookie settings and to delete any cookies already stored on your computer or another device.
Changes to our cookies statement
Redirects to third party sites
This Cookie Statement was last updated in November 2018.