Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are stored on your device when you visit a website. Cookies are read by the originating website on each subsequent visit, or by another website that recognises the cookie.

The purpose of cookies is to make websites work most effectively for you as the user, by allowing website functionality and providing information to the website’s owners. Examples of website cookie use include:

  • Keeping items in a shopping basket when you are browsing an online store
  • Storing logins for your online account details
  • Storing website information preferences (e.g. your location)

What types of cookies are there?

Cookies can be broken down into two main types: first-party and third-party.

  • A cookie is first-party if set by the website (domain) being visited.
  • A cookie is classed as third-party if it is issued by a different website (domain) to that being visited.

Each cookie will be either a persistent cookie or a session cookie.

  • Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie (which may be after the browser has been closed).
  • Session cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Cookies can also be broken down into categories, according to their purpose. The cookies that are used on these sites are based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories (PDF 316KB):

  • Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies - These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
  • Category 2: Performance cookies - These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited.
  • Category 3: Functionality cookies - These cookies allow users to be recognized within the website so any page changes or item or data selection you make is remembered from page to page
  • Category 4: Targeting cookies or advertising cookies - These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

Cookies used on, by category:

1. Strictly necessary cookies

Name Purpose Set by
ASP.NET_SessionId General purpose platform session cookie, used by websites written with Microsoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server. First-party

Why should I use cookies?

When you visit a session on our website, we create a “cookie” which is downloaded to your computer. A cookie contains encypted anonymous information that notes the last time you visited our website. Cookies on our websites collect information on which pages you visited and how long you spent on each page. Cookies on our website expire after 6 months.

Disabling session cookies will affect the performance and functionality of the website and disabling other cookies may also have an adverse impact on functionality.

Managing Cookies

If you do not wish to have cookies stored when you visit our websites, you can adjust the settings of the browser you are using. Please note that our site may not respond in the way intended including functionality.

You can find instuctions on hpw to manage cookies by clicking the links below.