Cookies are small text files which often include a unique identifier that is sent by a web server and saved on your computer, smartphone or other internet enabled device when used to visit a website. Cookies cannot examine your computer, read data from it or share personal information stored on your computer with others.
Some cookies are essential for our websites to work properly whilst others provide us with useful business and marketing information to enable us to make informed decisions on the development and improvement of our websites. The table below explains the different types of cookies and how we use them on our websites.
|Definition||How we use them|
|Session cookie||A session or performance cookie only lasts for the duration that a user is visiting a website. When the web browser is closed it will delete the session cookies.||We use session cookies to identify you when moving between pages within our website. A session cookie will either contain a unique session ID or some data that you have entered into our website. They are only used to make our systems work correctly.|
|Persistent cookie||A persistent cookie is intended to remain on a device until it expires. Persistent cookies are often used to store user preferences or for convenience, for example remembering your username.||We use persistent cookies for the convenience of our users. For example we may use them to remember data that you have entered so that we can pre-populate forms which saves you from entering the same information.|
|Secure cookie||A secure cookie is used when the website you’re visiting requires encrypted communication.||We use secure cookies to store information such as your username to enable convenient access for regular visitors.|
|First-party cookie||A first-party cookie is any cookie set by the website you visit directly. These can be used by the website to improve the visitor’s experience through tailoring content and storing preferences for the next time you visit.||All cookies used by our sites are first-party, as they originate from our web pages. These are only used to improve our website and tailor your experience by storing useful information such as your username for future visits.|
We encourage you to allow cookies from our website to ensure that it functions properly and because it helps us improve the user experience for you and others. However, if you do not want to allow cookies from our website, you can choose to disable them in your internet browser. Your browser’s help section should give you adequate guidance for how to do this.
This information is provided to show our commitment to legislation regarding cookie awareness so that you can understand what cookies we use and why we use them.