Last modified: May 22, 2018
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small text files which are sent to your browser and are placed on your computer or device when you visit a website. When you visit a website again, the cookie allows the website to recognise your browser.
If you are located in the European Union, you were given the opportunity to consent to cookies as you entered our website (to get this far you have already either consented or been directed to this policy via our cookie banner). Cookies are useful because they help us make your website experience more enjoyable. They allow us to recognise your device (e.g. your laptop or mobile device) so that we can tailor your experience of our website. For more information about cookies, we recommend you visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies do lots of different jobs on this website, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, letting us analyse how well our website is performing, and improving your experience. They also help ensure that adverts you see whilst you are on our website and other websites are more relevant to you and your interests.
WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES DO WE USE?
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
Category 1 – strictly necessary cookies:
We use a number of cookies which are essential to the operation of this website and which enable services you have specifically asked for to be provided. For example, these types of cookies let us provide the necessary security your visit to our website requires, and help ensure the content of the pages you request load quickly. Without these cookies, several services cannot be provided.
We want you to understand these essential cookies, and why we use them, but your consent is not required for us to use them on our website as we use these cookies only to provide you with services that are essential.
Category 2 – performance cookies:
These cookies collect information about how visitors use our website, for example, where our visitors have come from, which of our pages our visitors go to most often, and if visitors get error messages on those pages. These performance cookies do not collect information that identifies you as an individual – all information they collect is aggregated and anonymous. The information gathered is only used to improve how our website works.
In addition, the coding language our website is written in uses session cookies. There are deleted each time you close your browser. These cookies do not store any information about a visitor once the browser is closed.
Category 3 – functionality cookies:
These cookies allow our website or the browser to remember choices you make, such as, remembering your username for posting comments. The aim of these cookies is to provide you with a more accessible experience so that you don’t have to re-enter your preferences each time you visit us.
We also use functionality cookies to enable you to comment on a discussion in a forum or provide enhanced services such as enabling you to view a video on our website.
Category 4 – targeting or advertising cookies:
These cookies track your browsing habits so that we can show you advertising which we hope is relevant to your interests. We believe it is useful to show you advertisements that are tailored to your interests. These advertising cookies use information about your web browsing activity to group you with other users who have similar interests and show you advertisements based upon those interests. Information about your browsing habits is passed by us to third party advertisers so that you are shown more tailored advertisements when you are online.
These types of cookies are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.
HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES ON OUR WEBSITE
Cookies do lots of important jobs on our website and help to make your online experience more personal and more enjoyable.