What are cookies?
Cookies are small amounts of information which we store on your computer. Your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like personalised details or user preferences.
Our system will issue cookies to your computer when you log on to the site. Those cookies make it easier for you to log on to and use the site during future visits. They also allow us to monitor website traffic and to personalise the content of the site for you. You may set up your computer to reject cookies although, in that case, you may not be able to use certain features on our site.
Which cookies do we use and why?
Cookies help us provide you with a better website service, by enabling us to monitor which pages on the internet you find useful and which you may not.
We use both session cookies and persistent cookies on our website:
- Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.
- Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated.
- Distinguish unique users
- Throttle the request rate
|ga||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
|2 years from set-up date|
|gat||Used to throttle request rate.
|gid||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
|ads/ga audiences||Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across web sites.
|Collect||Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.||Session|
Other Third Party Cookies
Our own cookies
We use some cookies to help in the general operation of our site. For example to help us to keep track as to whether you have accepted our Cookies policy:
|Cookie Notice Accepted||Used to determine whether a user has accepted the cookies policy so as not to keep displaying the notice.||29 days|
|Cookietest||Checks if browser is set to allow cookies or block them||Session|
|DYNSRV||Tracks which web server to send the visitor to. Its purpose is to improve the performance of the website.||Session|
How to control your cookies
There are various ways that you can control and manage your cookies which are discussed in a bit more detail below. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Please remember that any settings you change will not just affect cookie used on this site. These changes will apply to all websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from particular sites).
Managing cookies in your browser
Most browsers will allow you to:
- See what cookies you’ve got and delete them on an individual basis.
- Block third party cookies.
- Block cookies from particular sites.
- Block all cookies from being set.
- Delete all cookies when you close your browser.
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies (which also includes where you have opted out from cookies, as this requires an opt-out cookie to be set). Also, if you block cookies completely, many websites will not work properly and some functionality on these websites will not work at all. The links below take you to the ‘Help’ sections for each of the major browsers so that you can find out more about how to manage your cookies.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/ (opens in a new window)