Cookie policy

A cookie is a small file that is downloaded onto your device when you visit a website, which means the website can recognise your device if you return to it.

Cookies are used to:

  • recognise your device, so you don’t have to give the same information several times during the same online task
  • measure how you use the site, so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • provide data to help understand how a website and its services are used
  • recognise where you have already given your username and password, so you don’t need to do it for every visit.

Cookies can’t be used to identify you as an individual.

Essential cookies

Essential cookies are needed to ensure our website works properly. We don’t need to ask permission to use these. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site might not work.

Name Purpose Expires
Used to store user’s consent to using cookies. If consent is not given, no cookie is used. 1 year
Keeps track of the pages that the user has liked/saved. 1 year


Performance cookies

Performance cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. If you don’t allow these cookies, we won’t know when you have visited our site, and won’t be able to monitor its performance.
Performance cookies used by this site

Name Purpose Expires
Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users and persist their session state as they browse through the website. 2 years
_gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle the request rate. 1 minute
_gid Used by Google Analytics to identify the user. 24 hours

Functional cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you don’t allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

Marketing and third-party cookies

Marketing cookies

Facebook (Meta)

Facebook (Meta) Pixel helps us with measuring how effective our Facebook (Meta) adverts are. We’re then able to use this information to improve our marketing. Using Facebook (Meta) Pixel doesn’t allow us to identify you as an individual. You can read more about Facebook (Meta) cookies and managing your advert preferences.

Third-party cookies

We embed media such as YouTube videos on some of our pages. The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as third-party cookies. We have no control over third-party cookies.

You can read the third-party websites’ cookie policies for more information about the cookies they collect.



YouTube and Google


Giving permission to collect Performance and/or Functional cookies

Turn on the performance and/or functional cookies on the cookie banner to give us permission to store those cookies on your device.

You can change your cookie settings in your browser. For instructions, check the support website for your browser.

Further reading

Cookies and similar technologies | Information Commissioner’s Office

Cookie policy updated on 3 June 2024