Cookies explained

A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your device (e.g. computer, smartphone or other electronic device) when you use our website. We use cookies on our website and these help us recognise you and your device and store some information about your preferences or past actions.

For example, we may monitor how many times you visit the website and which pages you go

to. This information helps us to build a profile of our users. Some of this data will be

aggregated or statistical, which means that we will not be able to identify you individually.

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the websites below tell you how to

remove cookies from your browser. However, some of our website features may not function

as a result.

Our use of cookies

We use cookies on this website to:

• recognise when you visit this website (this speeds up your access to the website as you do not have to log in each time).

• obtain information about your use of our website.

• carry out research and statistical analysis to help improve our content, products

and services and to help us better understand our users’ requirements.

• make your online experience more efficient and enjoyable.

For further information on cookies generally visit

Types of cookies

• Session cookies

These allow our website to link your actions during a particular browser session. These

expire each time you close your browser and do not remain on your device afterwards.

• Persistent cookies

These are stored on your device in between browser sessions and allow your

preferences or actions across our website to be remembered. These will remain on your

device until they expire, or you delete them from your cache.

Additionally, the cookies that we place on your device may also be:

• Strictly necessary cookies

These are essential for you to be able to navigate our website and use its features.

Without these cookies, the services you have asked for could not be provided.

• Performance cookies

These collect information about how you use our website, e.g. which pages you go to most

often. These cookies do not collect personally identifiable information about you. All

information collected by these cookies is aggregated and anonymous, and is only used to

improve how our website works.

• Functionality cookies

These allow our website to remember the choices you make (such as your username,

language, last action and search preferences) and provide enhanced, more personal

features. The information collected by these cookies is anonymous and cannot track your

browsing activity on other websites.

• Targeting cookies (third party cookies and cookies used for advertising)

Targeting cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests.

They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement on our

website and help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. These may

also be used to choose the advertisements which are displayed to you on our website

and other websites.

Which cookies do we use?

The list below outlines the purpose of each of the cookies we use on our websites and gives links to the privacy policies of any third parties involved.

1. Cookie type: 1st party advertising/analytics

2. Cookie author: Google Analytics

3. Cookie purpose: this is a web analytics service provided by Google which uses

cookies to show us how visitors found and explored our website, and how we can

enhance their experience. It provides us with information about the behaviour of our visitors (for example, how long they stayed on the site, the average number of pages viewed)

and also tells us how many visitors we have had.

4. Policy location: Google

Cookie settings

If you do not want to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings so that

cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of

the functionality of our website and you will not receive a personalised service.

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you

can turn these off by going to the Clear, allow and manage cookies in

For further information about cookies and how to disable them please go visit the Information Commissioner's Office website.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about this cookie policy or the information we hold about you, please contact us at