What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer or any other device used to visit a website (e.g. a mobile phone). Cookies are used by many websites to enable the website to work efficiently and to distinguish you from other users in order to improve your browsing experience. For example, cookies can remember your preferences so you do not have to input the same data each time you visit a website, record what you have put in your shopping basket, and count the number of people viewing a website to analyse whether the website is being used or whether the content needs to be updated.
- Cookies which are strictly necessary in order to enable you to use features you have requested on the website, eg to log-in to the members’ area of the website and to enable you to pay for courses through the website.
- Performance cookies which let us know how members and non-members use the website so that we can continue to improve the website, eg which pages are most popular and which areas of the website are less relevant to visitors. These cookies do not collect personal information so you cannot be identified by the information collected.
- Functionality cookies allow us to remember your choices and personalise your experience on the site, e.g. by knowing your name when you are logged in.