What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites you visit.
They are widely used to make websites work more efficiently for visitors, and to provide information to the owners of the site. Some of the cookies we use are essential in order for parts of the website to operate. In the table below we have given a description and purpose for each cookie we use.
We use information derived from cookies in order to:
- Compile statistics on how our website is being used, which can help us to improve our website and online services
- Facilitate users’ ability to navigate through the website
- Ascertain whether the website is operating effectively
- Personalise and improve the service we offer you by understanding your preferences and establishing which areas of the website are most relevant to you
- We also use cookie technology with our online registration forms to ensure we maintain your confidentiality and security as you move through secure or password protected areas of the our websites
Third Party Cookies
We also use third party cookies on our Website for various purposes, examples detailed below:
Google Analytics This is a tool that we use to better understand how people are using our website. It is also used by Google to better understand the performance of its own websites. What information are they tracking? The Google Analytics cookie enables our website to recognize you if you visit again – as well as information about the pages you visit; when you visit; how long you visit our website; the IP address and what site you were looking at before arriving at our site (the referring url).
In your web browser you can control which types of cookies you allow. You can turn cookies on or off using your browser’s settings. You can also delete cookies and clear your browser’s cache (history).