Cookies are small text files containing amounts of information that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit and which your computer or mobile device downloads. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The information in cookies can be used to track your internet usage. Under the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications of 12 July 2002 , all visitors to a website with cookies must have access to information stating that the website contains cookies and the purpose for which cookies are used. They must also approve such cookies being used.

There are three different types of cookies:

  1. Session cookies are mainly used for assisting various activities during a session such as keeping you logged in between pages. Session cookies expire when the browser is closed.
  2. Permanent cookies remain stored even when a browser is closed. They can facilitate operations such as automatic login. Permanent cookies need to be deleted after a period of six months.
  3. First or Third Party are installed by first (website) or third parties and collect information to carry out various research into behaviour, demographics etc.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why:

Cookie

Description

Purpose

Type

_ga

Google Analytics - Used to distinguish users.

Performance

Third party

_gid

Google Analytics - Used to distinguish users.

Performance

Third party

_gat

Google Analytics - Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.

Performance

Third Party

WSS_FullScreenMode

Microsoft SharePoint cookie for internal use of the application to indicate whether a page is shown in full screen mode. Expires when you close your browser

Performance

Session

Analytics tools for the website

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies" to help us analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google. To find out more about Google Analytics, Google's privacy policy and opting out of its cookies please visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

How to avoid cookies

If you would prefer cookies to be rejected, change the settings in your web browser so that you either automatically refuse cookies to be downloaded or are prompted each time a website requests to save a cookie. Cookies that have been previously downloaded can also be deleted through the web browser. Rejecting or deleting certain cookies may however, prevent you from taking full advantage of the features of the website.