When we provide services to you we want them to be reliable and easy to use. We also need to understand how you use our services so that we can improve them.
To help us do this when you access our website we place a small amount of information on your computer or access device. These small files, which typically comprise a series of letters or numbers, are called Cookies.
We use these Cookies to recognise your device and provide online services.
- To make the website function properly for you and to enable you to make use of the services we provide
- To remember your preferences and make the website easier for you to use
- To collect information about how you use our website, which is then anonymised and used to help us improve our services
Types of Cookies
Some of the Cookies we place on your computer or devise are ours. These are “first party” Cookies.
Other Cookies may be provided by other parties, these are called “third party” Cookies and are set by other websites or domains. This would arise, for example, where we include features and functionality provided by another website, for example YouTube videos.
We use Google Analytics to track visitors to our website and analyse how they use it, for example, where they have come from, which pages they visit and so on. To do that, Google Analytics will set up three Cookies in your browser. They don’t store any information that could identify you, and all the information we get from them is anonymous.
Turning cookies off
All modern browsers allow you to reject Cookies. If you decide to follow the instructions below, to stop Cookies being set in your browser, bear in mind that parts of our website (and other sites) might not function as they are supposed to.
If you are concerned about third party Cookies you can reject these and still receive the Cookies that let our website function properly.
Instructions on refusing and deleting Cookies for some popular browsers are linked below: