What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are sent by a website to a web browser and contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. This enables the website to identify and track the web browser. Cookies can, among other functions, enable a website to recognize a device each time it visits, remember user preferences and recommend content. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, but rather the computer used. However, some cookies may contain personal information such as user identification numbers.
Different cookies do different things and some are essential to the operation of a website, whilst others are not. The different types of cookies are:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website 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.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to our website, enabling us to personalize our content for you and remember your preferences.
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visits to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and any advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information (in anonymised form) with third parties for this purpose.
What cookies do we use?
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
||Purpose||Expiry of cookie|
||This is a session cookie which is used to store a unique identifier for your session. It is automatically generated by ASP.net, which is the platform powering our web content management system.
||End of the session.|
||This cookie is used by our HTTP load balancer, to make sure that sessions are “sticky” to an individual web server. Making the sessions "sticky" means that the correct server is selected to ensure better functioning of the website.
||This cookie is used by our web content management system to log page visits.
|sf_site||This cookie is used by our web content management system to determine the correct content to present to users depending on which of our websites is accessed.
What are third-party cookies?
||AddThis are used to include social media sharing functionality. More information can be found here: http://www.addthis.com/.
|BrightCove||BrightCove are used to host streaming video content and players. More information can be found here: https://www.brightcove.com/en/.
Can I refuse or opt out of cookies?
If you set your browser to not accept cookies, please note it may result in certain sections or features of our website not working properly and certain personalised services not being provided to you or users of your computer.
More information about cookies generally can be found at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
You can find out how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.