What are cookies?
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system. We and our business partners collect information about your use of our website through cookies. Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer, tablet or smartphone that help websites remember who you are and information about your visit. Cookies are essential for the effective operation of our website and help us display the information on a website in a way that matches your interests.
How are cookies managed?
The cookies stored on your computer or other devices when you access our website are used by OES and third parties who participate with us in marketing and support programmes.
What cookies are used on this website?
For technical purposes for effective operation of our website so that we can provide you with a service you have requested e.g. site navigation or completing a form. Our website might not function properly for you without cookies. It also helps us improve the speed and security of our website and share pages with social networks.
We use analytics cookies to help us understand how you engage with our website e.g. counting the number of different visitors on a page. Without this cookie, if you visited the website once a week for three weeks we would count you as three separate users. This means we would find it difficult to monitor the success of campaigns or understand how our website is performing to make improvements.
- User cookies
- Third party function cookies
We use third party cookies to allow you to share content directly on the social networking/sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube e.g. if you wanted to “like” or “tweet” about us. It also allows us to embed YouTube videos and Google maps, as well as those that help us improve our website visually and from a user perspective.
More about third party cookies
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Here’s some more information about some of the main individual cookies we use and the purposes we use them:
We use Google to better understand our users’ needs so that we can improve our visitor experience, as well as signpost potential visitors to our website. We also use it to show you a map of our location.
Google uses analytics cookies, user cookies (to help protect your privacy and ensure your browsing activities remain safe) and those that serve the ads that it displays on the websites of its partners, such as websites displaying Google ads or participating in Google certified ad networks. When users visit a Google partner’s website, a cookie may be dropped on that end user’s browser.
Our website may embed videos or include links from YouTube. When visiting any of our pages with content from YouTube these cookies may be presented. Expiration of these cookies depends on the cookies used (generally, between 6 months – 2 years). Learn more about YouTube.
Twitter provides real time updates from across the globe on the latest trending stories, ideas and opinions from the Twitter accounts or hashtags that you choose to follow. We make it easier for you to share our website content over Twitter as well as update you with our own news on Twitter. Learn more about Twitter.
- Facebook and Instagram
Facebook helps you stay in touch with your network through your website/mobile application. Because we include a link for you to view our Facebook profiles through our website, Facebook includes an advertising cookie on the website. These cookies expire after two months. Instagram was acquired by Facebook in September 2012 and they share information with each other. We use Instagram to show photos and allow you to share that content. Learn more about Facebook and Instagram.
The LinkedIn insight tag allows us to perform campaign reporting and unlock valuable insights about website visitors that may come via the campaigns we run on LinkedIn. We also provide you with the ability to share our website content over LinkedIn as well as update you with our own news. Learn more about LinkedIn.
How do I disable cookies?
If you want to disable cookies, you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies. How you do this will depend on the browser you use. If you do not wish cookies to be stored on your machine, you can do the following:
For Microsoft Internet Explorer:
- Choose the menu “Tools” then “Internet options”
- Click on the “Privacy” tab
- Select the setting the appropriate setting.
For Google Chrome:
- Choose Settings> Advanced
- Under “Privacy and security,” click “Content settings”.
- Click “Cookies”.
- Choose Preferences > Privacy
- Click on “Remove all website data”.
For Mozilla firefox:
- Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
- Click on the icon “Privacy”
- Find the menu “Cookie” and select the relevant options.
For Opera 6.0 and further:
- Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”
- Click on the icon “Privacy” and select the relevant options.
For more information on how to delete or disable cookies from your browser please use the “Help” function within your browser.
What happens if I disable cookies?
This depends on which cookies you disable but you may find that our website may not operate as expected.
We may update this policy from time to time so you may want to check it each time you visit our website. This policy was updated on 12 February 2021.