Use of Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or mobile phone when you are viewing a website. Cookies allow us to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our website.

Session or temporary cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.

Persistent or permanent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated.

First party cookies: these are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

Third party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies' internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

Which cookies we use and why?

The cookies used are based on the International Chamber of Commerce UK's guide for cookie categories.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies let you move around our website and use essential features like access to secure areas. Without these cookies, services such as maintaining your My Courses basket cannot be provided. These cookies don't gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

Strictly necessary cookies set

Cookie name ASP.NET_SessionId, SiteID
Purpose We use these cookies so that we know when visitors are actively using our website. They are necessary for the functionality of our website and help to provide you with an uninterrupted user experience. All user data is anonymous. These session cookies are not stored on your computer and will expire when you close your web browser session.
More information Find out more on Microsoft's website

Performance Cookies

These cookies collect information about how you use our website, for example which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors on the pages. All the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve how our website works and to understand what interests our users.

Performance cookies set by third parties

Provider Google Analytics
Cookie name __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz
Purpose Google Analytics cookies help us to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the user experience. All user data is anonymous.
More information Find out more about Google's position on privacy with regard to its analytics service

Targeting Cookies

Targeting cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as social network 'Like' and 'Share' buttons. When you visit a page with content embedded, for example a YouTube video, the service provider may set their own cookies on your web browser to anonymously track the success of their application or to customise their application for you.

We do not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

Targeting cookies set by third parties

Provider Cookie name Purpose More information
addthis.com __atuvc
These cookies are used by addthis.com on pages with 'share this' buttons so that visitors can easily share our content on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. AddThis Privacy Policy

AddThis Data Collection Opt-Out
twitter.com guest_id This cookie is used by Twitter to enable the Twitter feed on our website. Twitter Privacy Policy
youtube.com VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
We sometimes embed YouTube videos using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer when you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. Google Privacy Policy
google.com PREF
These cookies are used by Google to store user preferences and information when viewing pages with embedded Google Maps. Google Privacy Policy
These cookies are set by issuu.com when viewing online magazines on our website. issuu.com Privacy Policy

You can manage and/or delete cookies as you wish. Information about how to do this is provided in the How to manage cookies section.