What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit it.
- First party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.
- Persistent cookies are saved on your computer and are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser.
Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.
Our website mostly uses first-party cookies and third-party cookies. However, to view some of our pages, you will have to accept cookies from external organisations.
The 3 types of first-party cookie we use are to:
- store visitor preferences;
- make our websites operational;
- gather analytics data (about user behaviour).
Some of our pages display content from external providers, e.g. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
To view this content, you first have to accept their terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over.
If you do not view this content, no third-party cookies would be installed on your device.
How can you manage cookies?
You can manage/delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org.
Removing cookies from your device
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.
Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. language preferences).
Managing site-specific cookies
For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser
You can set most contemporary browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site or page. Some services and functionalities may not work properly at all (e.g. profile logging-in).