A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser. This identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page.
Cookies can either be ‘persistent’ when a cookie is stored by the browser until its set expiry date (or when deleted by the user) or ‘session’ when the cookie expires at the end of the session when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Cookies that we use
|Reason||Purpose||Type of cookie|
|Authentication||To identify you when you visit the website and as you navigate around.||Necessary|
|Amendment||Allows us to implement or change the website content in real-time.||Necessary|
|Advertising||We have YouTube and Vimeo videos embedded on our website.||Personalisation and Performance. See privacy links below|
|Analysis||To help analyse the use and performance of our website and services.||Performance. See privacy links below|
Cookies used by our service providers
We use analytics cookies to analyse the use of our website. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. The privacy policies of our analytics providers are available through the following URLs:
YouTube and Vimeo
We have YouTube and Vimeo videos embedded on our website. Therefore, when you visit our website a connection to the YouTube or Vimeo server is automatically established and cookies are set. These cookies will be used to store video preferences, to measure bandwidth to determine what interface you get, to track views of our embedded videos and may subsequently be used for advertising purposes. These service providers also carry out analytics in relation to these videos. Their privacy policies are found here;
The pop-up banner may not reappear for all your subsequent visits to our website, but if you wish, you can withdraw your consent at any time by changing the cookie settings [here] or in your browser to block or reject certain cookies, delete existing ones, or change them.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies but blocking all cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites (including ours).
The methods to block cookies vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via the following links: