Introduction & Policy
Cookies are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari) on your computer or mobile. You can think of Cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website. They allow websites and apps to store things like user preferences, enabling you to navigate more efficiently between webpages, login information and generally improving your online experience.
We may also use tracking beacons (also known as "clear GIFs" or "pixel tags") or similar technologies on our Site to enable us to know whether you have visited a web page or received a message.
Local storage is often used as an alternative to a cookie on devices (such as smartphones or connected TVs) which use you use to access and connect to our Sites.
Types of Cookies
These are Cookies which are required for certain features of our Sites to work. For example, Cookies are required to remember if you are signed in as you browse around our Sites.
These help us personalise your experience by remembering your preferences and settings.
Some examples of how we use these Cookies are:
- Remembering where you left off on a e-learning course.
Analytics and Performance Cookies
These help us understand how people are using our Sites, so we can better serve them. We sometimes get other companies to analyse how people are using our Sites. These companies might set their own performance cookies. Some examples of how we use these Cookies are:
- Collecting information on which web pages visitors go to most often
- Making sure that our Sites are working properly
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting Cookies, or to stop it accepting Cookies from a particular website. However, if you disable all Cookies we cannot tell if you are signed in and some features of our Sites may not work correctly and you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the Help option in your browser for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorerhttps://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
Cookie settings in Firefoxhttps://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/cookies-information-websites-store-on-your-computer
Cookie settings in Chromehttps://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en&ref_topic=14666
Cookie settings in Safarihttps://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
If you wish to check and manage third party advertising cookies, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site. http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ie
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