Cookie policy

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What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or other devices (such as smartphones or tablets) as you browse the website. Our website uses cookies to collect information about your visit.

Manage your cookie settings

Why do we use cookies?

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences and generally improving your experience online. For example, cookies may tell us whether you have visited the website before or whether you are a new visitor. They can also help us to distinguish you from other users, allowing us to personalise your experience on the site.

What are the types of cookies?

We use a number of different types of cookie on our website, as detailed below. Some are needed to make the website work, others allow us to collect information that can help us improve the user experience. We need your consent to use cookies that are not essential.

Strictly necessary cookies

These are cookies that are required in order for our website to work.

You can’t turn off these cookies.

Functionality cookies

These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website, enabling us to personalise content for you and to remember your preferences. These cookies may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not accept these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

We’ll ask for your consent to use these cookies.

Performance and targeting cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the visitors to our website, and to see how visitors interact with our site. We can then use these insights to improve the way our website works. We also use this information to make our website and the advertising you see more relevant to your interests.

We’ll ask for your consent to use these cookies.

What are first and third-party cookies?

Whether a cookie is first or third party depends on where it comes from. First party cookies are set by websites you go to. Third-party cookies are set by outside organisations. For instance, you may be on a website that has ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons for social network sites. If you click one, the social network site will put a ‘third party’ cookie on your device. That cookie may then collect data about you and send it to them too. You will need to set your privacy choices on their site, to tell them how they can use your data. We use our own cookies and others from companies we work with such as social media, search engines, other advertising networks, and our business partners.

How long do cookies last?

Some cookies are “session cookies”, which means they are erased when you close the browser on your website or app. Others (“permanent cookies”) stay longer and are saved onto your device so that they’re there when you open your browser and browse the internet again.

How do I control my cookies?

Strictly necessary cookies are always on when you visit our website. On your first visit to us, we’ll tell you about the other types of cookies, and ask you to choose which cookies we can use. You can change your mind at any time by managing your cookies. Alternatively, you can block all cookies by visiting the privacy settings on your browser and using the ‘disable cookies’ feature.

Stopping all cookies might mean you can’t access some of our services, or that some of them might not work properly for you.

Changes to this cookie policy

We will occasionally update this cookie policy to reflect changes in our practices and services. When we make changes, we will revise the “Last updated” date at the top of this cookie policy. We recommend that you check this page from time to time to inform yourself of any changes in this cookie policy.

Detailed information

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the tables below:

Strictly necessary cookies

Cookies

Purpose

ARRAffinity

Used to affinitize a client to an instance of an Azure Web App. Helps keep the user going back to the same app instance, instead of getting a random instance each time.

ARRAffinitySameSite

Used to affinitize a client to an instance of an Azure Web App. Helps keep the user going back to the same app instance, instead of getting a random instance each time.

Functional cookies

Cookies

Purpose

CookiesOK

To hide cookie bar if cookies already accepted. This is a first party cookie that expires after 1 year.

SignUp

To hide sign up for latest updates bar. This is a first party cookie that expires after 1 month.

cookies-settings-functional

Used to enable us to capture users’ functional cookie preferences. This is a first party cookie that expires after 1 year.

cookies-settings-performance

Used to enable us to capture users’ performance cookie preferences. This is a first party cookie that expires after 1 year.

cookies-settings-targeting

Used to enable us to capture users’ targeting cookie preferences. This is a first party cookie that expires after 1 year.

 

Performance and targeting cookies

Cookies

Purpose

_ga
_gid

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. These cookies are provided by Google Analytics and are retained for up to a year. They are first party cookies.

_gat

Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate. This cookie expires after 1 day. This is a first party cookie.