A cookie is a small text file of letters and numbers that is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies are unique and can only be read by a web server in the domain (i.e. the website) that issued the cookie to you. They don’t contain any personal information that can be used to identify you directly.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They would include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website if we make that functionality available.
- Analytical/performance cookies. We use Google Analytics & Site Improve to allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to pages so that we can see which content is of most interest to users, and 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 recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences, potentially saving you time.
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website (or our social media channels), the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. They are typically placed on your machine when, for example, you click on an ad on a social media site such as Facebook (when a cookie called a ‘Meta Pixel’ may be added).
We can use these cookies to see whether you clicked on a particular link to visit our website so we can make the content more relevant to you, or in the case of social media, we may use them to deliver ads in relation to other programmes that we think may interest you in the future.
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How do I block cookies?
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access parts of our site.