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What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of data stored on your computer, mobile phone or tablet when you visit a website. It’s stored within your website browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by your browser. The cookie helps the website to recognise your specific browser and computer when you return.

Cookies on this website are divided into first-party cookies and third-party cookies.

First-party cookies, such as the Google Analytics cookie, only ever send information back to the original provider.

Third-party cookies use information from other sites, including Twitter and Facebook, to deliver a more personalised experience.

We use first-party cookies to capture anonymous website usage in Google Analytics giving us data that includes the pages that you visit and the documents that you download, how long you spend on pages and how you found our site. By interpreting this data we can anticipate website traffic usage and improve your website experience in terms of being able to find and use the information on the site.

We use third-party cookies to enable you to use social media functions such as sharing pages on Twitter or Facebook or watching YouTube videos on the website. This also provides us with anonymous data that we can analyse to find how our information is shared outside of the website.

 

Cookie Usage
1st party
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We use Google Analytics to gain insight into how visitors interact with the site. We use this data to improve and enhance user experience and roll out future changes with new and returning visitors in mind. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.If you opt out your experience of the site will not change. However, we will be unable to anonymously analyse your use of the website and make appropriate improvements.More information on Google Analytics and cookiesOpt out of Google Analytics
PHPSESSID This is used to link information sent to the server to the device which submitted the information. It is typically used in multi-page forms to avoid the visitor having to retype information when moving from one page to another..
3rd party
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These cookies are used to collect anonymous statistics and performance data for embedded Youtube videos on our website. There are 2 different types of cookies involved, all third-party based. Three of them are permanent (GEUP, PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE) and one session-based (YSC).