What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is sent by a website server to your browser and stored on your computer. Cookies allow website operators to accumulate useful information, such as whether the computer (or its user) has visited the site before. Cookies are needed for a number of functions which make websites work, or work more efficiently, and they can provide information to website owners about how you use their website. Cookies can also be used to show you adverts that are relevant to you, based on your browsing habits, to personalize your user experience.
We use both persistent cookies (which expire on a specified date) and session cookies (which expire when you close your browser).
The cookies used on this site have been categorized based on definitions given in the ICC UK Cookie Guide. We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognize and count our website's visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We use Google Analytics performance cookies to provide anonymous statistics on how our site is used. Some of our performance cookies may be managed by third parties.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region – or your cookies and marketing preferences).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
You decide which cookies we use
In addition to telling us your preferences, you can also configure cookie settings in your web browser. You can find out more about how to do this at the following links:
What cookies do we use?
We use the following first party cookies on the website – these are cookies that we send to your browser.
|Cookie Name||Cookie Description||Expiration|
|_ga||Google Analytics – used to distinguish users
|_gid||Google Analytics – used to distinguish users||24 Hours|
|_gat||Google Analytics – used to throttle request rate||1 minute|
|__gads||Google AdSense – used to display targeted (and non-targeted) adverts||2 years|
Third Party Cookies
A number of third party cookies are used on our website – these are cookies that are set by external websites.
We work with various advertising partners to deliver targeted adverts that are relevant to you based on your browsing habits or the content of our website and other websites you visit. When adverts are loading, you may receive cookies from a wide range of external domains in our advertising network. Whilst you can choose whether or not to accept these cookies through your browser settings, we don't have control over the cookies that sites in our network place when adverts are displayed in your browser. Third parties may use both persistent cookies (of varying persistence) and session cookies.
Further information about cookies
There's a lot of good information about cookies available online. For more information about cookies generally visit allaboutcookies.org.