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Overview

We use cookies on our website to improve your experience of our website and to ensure that it performs as you expect it to.

Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device as you browse on our website. They can be used to improve your experience of using a website, such as remembering your preference settings (e.g. preventing you from entering the same information multiple times when filling in an online form), tracking your use of a website so that it can be improved to meet your needs, or to provide information that is more relevant to you.

Websites must get consent to send cookies to your computer or mobile device unless the cookies are strictly necessary to provide services to you.

The table below explains which cookies we use on our website, why we use them and whether they are strictly necessary or another type of cookie e.g. "functionality" or "performance" cookies. We also state in the table whether a cookie is a "persistent" or "session" cookie.

Persistent cookies remain on your device between browsing sessions. They are activated each time you visit the website that created them. For example, where a "persistent cookie" is used on a website to remember your log-in details, you will not need to enter those details each time you visit that website.

Session cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when you open the browser window and finishes when you close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Third parties

We also have cookies on our website that are set by third parties. For example, when we play YouTube videos through our website, YouTube places its own cookies on your computer (for more information about how YouTube uses cookies and what information they collect, visit Google's privacy page). We also embed Tweets on our website meaning that Twitter also places cookies on your website – for more information, view Twitter's privacy page.

Strictly necessary

Strictly necessary cookies are essential to run the website or enable you to receive a service that you have requested on a website. For example, cookies to operate online shopping baskets, do your internet banking or to comply with the law (such as to keep your information safe). We do not use any "strictly necessary" cookies on our website.

Performance

Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages are visited most often and if any error messages appear. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. Any information collected by these cookies is anonymous. We only use such information to improve our website.

Cookie: Google Analytics

Name: _utma/_utmb/_utmz

Purpose: Google Analytics uses cookies to track anonymous information about how visitors use our site. We use this information to assess how our site is performing and where we can improve your experience. No personal information is captured in this process as the cookies only collect statistical information such as the number of visitors to our website, how they arrived there (i.e. via a Google search or another website), whether it is a first-time or return visit and which web pages were visited. For more information, click here for an overview of privacy at Google.

Persistent/Session: _utma and _utmz are persistent cookies; _utmb is a session cookie

Functionality

Functionality cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your log in details) and customised preference settings (e.g. text size). These cookies are also used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video. Information collected by "functionality" cookies may or may not be anonymised, but they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. The "functionality" cookies on our website only collect anonymous information.

Cookie: YouTube

Name: ACTIVITY, HSID, LOGIN_INFO, PREF, SID, SSID, VISITOR_INF, O1_LIVE, _utma, _utmb, _utmz, Demographics, use_hitbox, watched_video_id_list_RAw80

Purpose: We have several videos on our website which are embedded through our YouTube channel. To find out more about the YouTube cookies, please visit Google's privacy page.

Persistent/Session: Persistent

Targeting

These cookies collect information about your browsing activities to make information you see relevant to you and your interests. We do not use any targeting cookies on our website.