What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files containing text and numbers stored on your computer. Cookies are generated by websites and sent to your device browser when you visit a website, and then is sent back to the website on each subsequent revisit. Cookies act as a memory for a website, allowing that website to remember your device, and preferences, to improve the user experience.
Cookies cannot be used to infect your computer with a virus or allow malicious code to run on your computer. Nor can they access any other information on your computer.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can control cookies through your browser setting and other tools to decline cookies if you prefer. However, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and some of the features on the site.
You can find more information about cookies, such as how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage them at https://www.aboutcookies.org or by searching your browser.
- to support site functionality;
- to analyse which pages users visit, how long they stay on each page and generally how they use our websites;
- to help design, re-design, update and improve our websites based upon visitor use, interest and needs;
- to remember the notifications users have seen so we don’t show them to you again.
What types of Cookies do we use?
Session Cookies: are temporary cookies stored in the browser's memory just until the browser is closed. These are used to control the page elements shown to a user during a single multi-page visit to a website, and for other short-term storage purposes. Our websites use session cookies. The cookie is deleted when you close your browser. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remember where you have been on the internet.
Persistent Cookies: These cookies are created by the site you're currently visiting. The cookies are also known as first-party cookies because we issue them while you're visiting our site. These are longer-term cookies that are stored by the browser even after the browser is closed. They are returned to the issuer every time you visit the site or view a site. These cookies track your activity on our site to identify frequency of visit and which pages and/or links are being used. This helps us analyse data about website and web page traffic and whether users error messages from web pages, so we can improve our website and maximise users experience. We also use an animation based rotating image which uses a persistent cookie to know which image was last displayed so that as you move from page to page you are not seeing the same image every time. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system
These cookies don’t collect information that identifies visitors. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works
Third-party cookies: These cookies are added by a domain that is not the domain you are currently visiting. The most common use of third-party cookies on our websites is when we embed photos and videos from websites such as YouTube or feeds from organisations like Facebook and Twitter. You may also see embedded ‘When you click these buttons, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen share’ buttons on some of our pages. These allow you to share content through social networks. We may also have links to other organisations that we think may be of interest to you.
Analytics Cookies: Our website uses Google Analytics cookies. These are non-invasive cookies to help us find out how effective our marketing is, based on referencing how you got to our website – this could be via a search engine, direct or from another site, etc. Google Analytics collect information about how our website is used. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. We do not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are. Furthermore, we do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
How can I control my cookies?
Be aware that if you refuse or disable cookies, our websites may not work. Most web browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc) allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. You can use your web browser to:
- delete all cookies
- block all cookies
- allow all cookies
- block third-party cookies
- clear all cookies when you close the browser
- open a ‘private browsing’ session, and
- install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality.
Please also note that disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser, you will need to do this yourself from within your browser. If you are using a recent version of Chrome, you can see the specific cookies that are being used by this site, and in fact any site, by clicking on the secure padlock to the left of the web address in the browser window, or if the site does not have a secure padlock use the (i) information icon.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?.