We may store information about your visit using cookies (files which are sent by us to your computer or other access device) which we can access when you visit our corporate site in future. We do this for a number of reasons, such as:
- recognising your preferences so you don't need to re-enter them on every visit
- tracking progress through online applications
- monitoring site performance and content popularity.
We use Google Analytics throughout our site to monitor site performance, content popularity and other quality indicators. Using this service may set up to five cookies from our site, all of which contain anonymous data:
|__utma (and _ga)||contains a unique ID to record visits from the same user||2 years|
|__utmb||records the start of a session||30 minutes|
|__utmc||a session cookie which only lasts while you view the site||Browser close|
|__utmt||indicates the type of request||2 minutes|
|__utmv||only used if more custom, detailed statistics are required||2 years|
|__utmz||records where a visitor came from previously||6 months|
Some of our pages are used for online services (such as making payments and submitting applications), which use 'session' cookies to login or progress through application stages, and are only present within the session. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide the service that the user has requested.
In addition to the cookies above, some third-party services we use also store cookies.
Some of our pages contain a Facebook share button, which sets a number of cookies if you are already logged into your account. For more information please see Facebook's Policy on Cookies, Pixels & Similar Technologies.