You should be aware that we may collect information when you visit our website by using cookies. Where possible, we provide the means to control whether these cookies are stored.
We may update this policy from time to time.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are downloaded onto your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website every time you visit the site, so that the site can recognise you, your preferences, and tailor what you see on the screen accordingly.
What are Cookies used for?
Cookies are used to speed up website load times, to make using websites smoother and enable or affect lots of website features.
The data websites collect by using cookies also enables them to understand their customers better and to provide a more focused user experience.
Change your Preferences
You can change your cookie preferences using the cookie notification widget which appears when first visiting the website or by clicking the button below.
We also respect your browser ‘Do Not Track’ or ‘DNT’ setting (if available) to automatically enable or disable Performance cookies.
You can block or delete cookies generated by our website using your browser settings. Please be aware that if you do so, this may impact the performance and functionality of our website.
Categories of Cookies
Cookies are generally divided by type.
- Strictly Necessary
Essential cookies that are required in order to move around a website and/or use its features, for example, accessing secure areas of the website and/or keeping you logged in.
Cookies which collect information about how visitors access and use a website, including which pages are most (or least) popular, and the pages clicked through to reach them. These are also known as ‘statistics cookies’.
Some performance cookies are third party web analytics cookies, for example Google Analytics, which are used to monitor website traffic.
Performance cookies are used to identify and impose improvements to a website, for example, performance cookies can be used to remember your preferences and settings, or whether you have completed a website survey.
They can be used to restrict the number of times you will see a particular advert (although we do not host third party advertising on our website), or to draw your attention to other website content that may be of interest to you (‘related article’ links, for example).
They are also commonly used to enable social media components of a website.
Functionality cookies allows websites to remember your choices, such as a user name, preferred language or region you are in to provide more focused, personally relevant features. These are also known as ‘preferences cookies’.
These kinds of cookies are also used to remember changes you have made to customisable aspects of the website (for example, some websites enable you to change fonts or font sizes).
Functionality cookies may be necessary in order to enable certain features, for example leaving comments on an article, or watching embedded videos. In these cases, while you are able to refuse these kinds of cookies, doing so may mean you are unable to make use of the website features that depend on them.
Functionality cookies are also used similarly to performance cookies in that they can help identify how people navigate websites, what website content is or is not of interest and whether and where error messages occur. This process does not gather personal information and is intended to provide general insights.
Targeting cookies are linked to services provided by third parties (for example, the various ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons embedded in various websites and social media platforms). The third party will provide services in exchange for recognising that you have visited the website in question. These are also known as ‘marketing cookies’.
We may use targeting cookies to link to social networks, and these social networks may subsequently use information about your visit for their own purposes, which is beyond our control.
You can restrict or block targeting cookies, but preventing them may affect your ability to make use of some features of the website.
Alternatively, you may use the third party’s own tools to manage these kinds of cookies.
Depending on your browser, you will need to follow slightly different processes to delete cookies. If you wish to delete your cookies, please see your browser’s instructions on how to do so.
You can find more information about cookies under the General Data Protection Regulation here: https://gdpr.eu/cookies/