What are cookies and why do we use them?
A cookie is a small text file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or device when you use our website. Cookies help us to collect data about you which, will in turn, distinguish you from other visitors and provide you with a good experience whenever you are using our website. The only cookies we use are from Google Analytics.
What types of cookies do we use?
Some cookies only last until you close your browser or for a short time after. These are called session cookies. Some last longer, for example, to enable a website to recognise you when you return to it. These are called persistent cookies. We use both session and persistent cookies to ensure that you get the best experience when using our website.
There are also different types of cookies to collect different types of data about the way you interact with our website. We only use performance cookies. These are cookies that allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors we have and how these visitors use our website. This data helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that visitors find what they are looking for easily.
In the table below we set out the individual cookies we use and why we use them:
|Cookie name||Type of Cookie||What does it do?|
|_ga||first party, persistent, performance||Enables Google Analytics software to work by distinguishing between each visitor. The software helps us to collect and analyse information on browser, platform and mobile app usage (e.g. how long you spend on our website, when you start and finish, the amount of times you visit, when your previous visit was, what searched engine you used, what link you clicked on or keyword you used). The data stored can only be seen by us and Google.|
|_gat||first party, session, performance||Limits the collection of data by Google Analytics software in accordance with the level of traffic on our website, platform or mobile app to ensure that functionality is not adversely affected.|
How can you manage cookies?
To manage or block cookies placed on your computer, mobile phone or tablet, you need to alter your browser or device settings. Please consult your browser’s guide or visit www.allaboutcookies.org for more information or refer to your device user manual.