When you visit the NFER website, we may store or retrieve information on your browser; generally in small text files known as ‘cookies.’ This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make our site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience.

NFER uses some necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set some performance and targeting cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how it is used. Full details on the cookies, we use are provided below.    

We will not set performance and targeting cookies unless you enable them. We use a tool provided by OneTrust to manage this tool and it will set a cookie (OptanonConsent) on your device to remember your preferences.

You can change your cookie preferences at anytime by visiting our cookie preference centre (available by clicking on the ‘Cookie Settings’ button at the bottom left of every page).

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

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Cookies used by NFER
Cookies last for different lengths of time.  Some, session cookies, are deleted once you finish close your browser.  Others, persistant cookies, are saved on your computer so that when you close it down and start it up again, they can still be there.  They are set with an expiry date; details of which are below.

First-party cookies are stored by the domain (website) you are visiting directly. ... Third-party cookies are created by domains other than the one you are visiting directly, hence the name third-party. They are used for cross-site tracking, retargeting and ad-serving.