Last revised: February 2022
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a text file sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser on your computer's hard drive, in your mobile device or on your tablet. The text file is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser. Cookies are mostly used to enable the functionality of websites and provide an overall better user experience.
The cookies we typically use are:
- Essential/Strictly Necessary Cookies: to help us with providing the basic functions of the website.
- Performance Cookies: to help us with the performance and design of our website. This allows us to measure how many times a page has been visited, which pages of our website are visited more often, whether you received an error message when trying to open our website and/or whether a page has been visited on our website through an advertisement or by other means.
- Functionality Cookies: to help us remember your settings which you may have selected on your return visit or assist with other functionality when you browse and use our website.
- Targeting and Tracking Cookies: to help us understand your interests as you browse the internet, so we can tailor and deliver to you a more personalised service in the future. This assists us in delivering relevant advertising to you during various advertising campaigns we may run from time to time, including those through participating third-party sites.
Amending your cookie preferences
If you accepted cookies, you may delete them from your browser. The instructions for removing cookies from your computer or mobile device depend on the operating system and the web browser you use.
You can also choose not to accept cookies as a default setting of your browser, and not just for our website. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking 'Tools', 'Internet Options', 'Privacy', and selecting 'Block all cookies' using the sliding selector. This may, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of our website as well as other websites.
Further information about cookies
For more information on how to delete cookies from your browser or how to change your browser's settings with respect to cookies, as well as for more information about cookies, please visit https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/online/cookies/