What are cookies?
- Strictly necessary cookies: these are the cookies our website needs to work properly. They include cookies that let you sign in to secure areas of our website.
- Analytical or performance cookies: these cookies let us recognise and count the number of visitors to our site. They let us see how visitors move around our website, too. That helps us improve the way our site works.
- Functionality cookies: these cookies recognise you when you come back to our site. They let us personalise content for you. With these cookies in place, we can greet you by name. We can also make the site more user-friendly by remembering your preferences (your language, for example).
- Targeting cookies: these cookies record your visit to our website. They also tell us which pages you looked at and which links you followed. We will use this to make the information you’re seeing more relevant to you. If you agree, may also share this information with third parties.
- Account and other user details: we may store your email address, settings, and details of your previous visits to the website. We may store other details so you can more easily use our site. We may also store data from surveys, or details supplied when you’ve contacted us.
- Statistics: we use tools like Google Analytics. They help us understand how our website performs and where to improve it. These tools collect various pieces of data. That includes the browser you’re using, your IP address, location, timings and browsing patterns. We use this data to see the total figures and patterns for visitors to our website but we do not see any personal data. You can turn off or amend the Google Analytics or third-party settings by opting out from them. We provide the links below.
- Social sharing: you can share our content on social media. Third-party sites like LinkedIn or Twitter may put a cookie on your computer if you use these sharing options. They may also put cookies on your computer if you’re logged into your social media profile while you’re browsing our site.
These are the analytics and advertising cookies we use on our site:
- gid (Analytics): registers a unique ID to generate statistical data about visitors using our website
- _gat (Analytics): used by Google Analytics to limit the number of times the website communicates with Google in a short period
- collect (Analytics): used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour across devices and marketing channels
- _gac_ (Advertising): used by Google Analytics to provide non-personal information to Google AdWords to re-engage visitors
- ads/ga-audiences (Advertising): used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors based on their online behaviour across websites.
Cookies on this site
Managing cookies with your browser’s settings
Your browser can enable, disable, and delete cookies. These settings are usually listed under ‘Help’, ‘Tools’, or ‘Edit’. Most browsers offer more support:
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB
- Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cookies-information-websites-store-on-your-computer
- Safari (Desktop): https://support.apple.com/kb/ph21411
- Safari (Mobile): https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201265
- Android Browser: https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/54068
Third party analytics
We also use third-party analytics. We use advertising services provided by Google too, which let us measure traffic and usage trends. You can read more about these tools here:
- Google Analytics terms of service: https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html
- Google’s data processing guide: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites
- Google Analytics opt-out browser plugin: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/