Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server when you visit most large websites. Each cookie is unique to your web browser and contains information such as the website address and a unique identifier. This enables our websites to recognise your computer or device for the purposes set out below.
The following cookies are used on our website
- Essential cookies: A small number of cookies are placed on your device to make our websites work properly. These are ‘essential cookies’. You can delete these, but this means some areas of the websites will not work properly.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies make our website simpler to use, by recording your preferences. These are used to personalise content for you (for example, your choice of language and region) or store your login and other preferences so you don’t have to re-enter this information every time you visit the website.
- Analytic and performance cookies: We use analytic cookies to collect information about how people use our websites. We do this to make sure it meets user needs and to understand how we can improve our websites. Analytic cookies store information about the pages you visit, how long you are on the website, how you got there, what you click on and whether you have visited the website before.
- Third-party cookies for advertising and retargeting: These cookies record your visit to our websites, your response to our online advertisements and campaigns, track the pages you have visited and the hyperlinks you click on.
Cookies set by Google
Google Analytics sets the following cookies as described below:
__utma: Used to distinguish users and sessions. This persistent cookie is placed by Google Analytics for web statistics purposes. It expires after 2 years.
__utmb: Used to determine new sessions/visits. This cookie is placed by Google Analytics for web statistics purposes. It expires after 30 minutes.
__utmc: This session cookie is placed by Google Analytics for web statistics purposes. It expires at the end of the browser session.
__utmt: Used to throttle request rate. It expires after 10 minutes.
__utmz: Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. It expires after 6 months.
How you can manage your cookies
The browsers on most computers, smartphones and other web-enabled devices are usually set up to accept cookies by default. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for this website, or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings: