‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so. For information on the difference between essential and non-essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.
For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.
First and third party cookies
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.
Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.
If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org
Cookies used on our website
|Name of Cookie||Essential or Non-essential?||First or Third party?||Session or Persistent?||Purpose|
|_utma||Non-essential (Analytical)||First party||Persistent (2 years)||Google Analytics cookie used to track first visit, last visit, current visit, and number of visits.|
|_utmc||Non-essential (Analytical)||First party||Session||Google Analytics cookie used to track session status but is no longer used.|
|_utmz||Non-essential (Analytical)||First party||Persistent (6 months)||Google Analytics cookie used to keep track of entry point into the website storing traffic source, medium, campaign, and search term used to land on the website.|
|BIGipServerZebedee||Essential||First party||Session||Cookie set when you move from one page to another page in the site. This cookie is classed as “strictly necessary” for the functioning of the site.|
|PHPSESSID||Essential||First party||Session||Cookie set when you move from one page to another page in the site. This cookie is classed as “strictly necessary” for the functioning of the site.|
|TS01237438||Essential||First party||Session||Cookie set when you move from one page to another page in the site. This cookie is classed as “strictly necessary” for the functioning of the site.|
|fr||Non-essential||Third Party||Persistent (3 months)||Advertising cookie used by Facebook|
These are cookies which are strictly necessary for our website to be able to operate or to provide you with a service on our website which you have requested. We use the following essential cookies on our website:
- First party session cookies set when you move from one page to another page in the site. These cookies are: BIGipServerZebedee, PHPSESSID and TS01237438.
We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:
- Functional cookies
- Analytical (or performance) cookies
These are cookies that are designed for purposes such as enhancing a website’s functionality. These are either not strictly essential for the website or functionality which you have requested to work, or are cookies which serve non-essential purposes in addition to their essential purpose. We use the following functional cookies on our website:
- a third party persistent cookie used to enable the functionality of the Facebook like button on the home page. This cookie is called fr.
Analytical (or performance) cookies
Analytical (or performance) cookies track and gather data about what a user does on a website. These cookies are not essential for our website or its functionality to work. We use the following analytical cookies on our website:
- First party Google Analytics cookies to understand how you engage and interact with our website, including how you came to our website, which pages you visited, for how long and what you clicked on and your location (based on your IP address). The Google Analytics cookies used on our website are the _utma cookie which is a persistent cookie and lasts for 2 years, the _utmz cookie which is a persistent cookie and lasts for 6 months and the _utmc cookie which is a session cookie.
For information on how Google uses data from cookies it uses, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/
To opt out of Google Analytics tracking across all websites in general, you can do so here
How to accept or reject cookies
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below:
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org
Changing your browser settings
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available here