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How we use cookies, other internet analytics software and the choices you can make about whether we can put some types of cookies on your device

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that contains data, placed on your device by our website each time you visit it. The data contained within these tiny files are read each time your web browser requests a page from our web server and provides practical benefits to you by making access to our website a smoother experience than it otherwise would be.

We use cookies on our websites to help make your visits more effective and by accessing our websites, you're agreeing to our use of cookies (unless you choose to block them – see below for more information).

Cookies are used by all websites, and have several different functions.

At a basic level cookies will:

  • Allow the website to work properly
  • Help understand how people use the website

How we use cookies

We use cookies to collect information about your computer, including your operating system, browser type and IP address (where available). These help us to improve our websites and to deliver a better and more personalised service.

Please note: Other external websites to which our websites may be linked, may also make use of their own cookies.

How to manage and disable cookies

If you want to control the cookies we set in your browser, just open the Cookie Preferences panel from the link below

If you do not wish to receive cookies from this website you can also use your browser settings to accept or reject new cookies and also to delete existing cookies. For further instructions on how to do this within the majority of web browsers, visit:

If you do choose to disable some or all cookies, you may not be able to make full use of our websites.

Continuing to use our websites without adjusting your browser settings to disable cookies you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Other types of analytics

Pixel tagging and audience pixels

Certain parts of our website or HTML email communications we send may contain pixel tags (sometimes known as “Web Beacons”, “Tracking pixels”, “Pixel.gif” and more). These allow us to:

  • Collect information on our websites and HTML emails (such as how many people opened an email we sent and what links were clicked).
  • Provide relevant communications depending on your preferences.

The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should turn off automatic downloading of images from within your email client.

Further information about cookies

To read more, see:

More about your privacy

To find out more about how USS protects your privacy, see our terms and conditions and privacy notice pages.