Cookies – what are they?
A "cookie" is a small text file that's stored on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or other device when you visit a website or use an app.
Some cookies are deleted when you close down your browser. These are known as session cookies. Others remain on your device until they expire or you delete them from your cache. These are known as persistent cookies and enable us to remember things about you as a returning visitor.
This website uses both session and persistent cookies.
How to control and delete cookies
Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings. If you want to restrict or block the cookies we set, you can do this through these settings. The 'help' function within your browser should tell you how.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. Alternatively, you can search the internet for other independent information on cookies.
You can also find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers via the following links:
Cookies – how we use them
If you delete cookies relating to this website we will not remember things about you, including your cookie preferences, and you will be treated as a first-time visitor the next time you visit the site.
- Provide services that you request and to provide a secure online environment
- Manage our marketing relationships
- Give you a better online experience and track website performance
- Help us make our website more relevant to you
Here we explain a bit more about each of these types and how you can control their use.
Essential or Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are those that are essential for us to run our website or provide a service to you.. These cookies may also help us to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations by keeping our website and your data secure. You can't turn off these cookies.
Essential cookies are used to:
- Maintain online security in compliance with the GDPR security principle
- Record your cookies preferences
Functionality Cookies: Giving you a better online experience
These cookies remember your preferences and tailor the website to provide enhanced features. Without these cookies, we cannot remember your choices or personalise your online experience. You can't turn off these cookies.
We use this type of cookie to:
- Remember your YouTube video players preferences on embedded video content
Performance Cookies: Tracking website performance
These cookies collect aggregated information and are not used to identify you. You can't turn off these cookies.
We use this type of cookie to understand and analyse how visitors use our online services and look for ways to improve them. For example, a cookie might tell us that lots of people give up on an application process at a particular step – so we can try to make that step easier to complete. The analytics cookies we use include:
Marketing or Targeting Cookies
These cookies are usually third-party cookies from our marketing partners which are used to deliver adverts relevant to you and your interests. They track your browsing history across websites. These cookies can be disabled in your browser settings.
You'll sometimes see our advertising on other websites. Cookies provided by the other website or advertising network can tell us how effective this is. For example, if you click on one of our advertisements, the website owner might use a cookie to tell us that you came from their site.
The third-party companies we partner with include:
- Google Search Adwords