A cookie is a small data file that is placed on your computer by your browser when you visit certain websites, including ours. They improve things by measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs, to make the site work better for you and to give us useful information on the numbers of visits our site receives.
Cookies contain information about the use of your computer but don’t include personal information about you (they don’t store your name, for instance). Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies and this can often be done in the help section of your browser. Turning off cookies will however limit your online experience.
We use Google Analytics to collect information on how people use our site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on.
It does not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. If you do not want us to use Google Analytics cookies, Google has a cookie opt-out option that can be here.
We have 2 embedded YouTube videos in the awards section of the website and watching these will place a cookie. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.
The relevant regulator in this area, the Information Commissioner's Office, has published guidance on the different kinds of cookies and what they are used for. The guidance, with Q&A, can be found here.