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Cookies (privacy)

Cookies

Websites in our remit:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies.

You can learn how to remove cookies set on your device.

EPSRC use of cookies

First-party cookies

This cookie is used to remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service.

Name Typical content Expires Sites
ASP.NET_SessionID randomly generated text At end of session (when you close your browser) All sites in our remit
 _jid randomly generated number At end of session (when you close your browser) All sites in our remit

The EPSRC website installs a cookie when the user first arrives at the website. This indicates the acceptance of third party cookies on the page. This cookie simply remembers the choice you make.

Name Typical content Expires Sites
cookieAccept 'true' or 'false' 1 year http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/

The EPSRC website installs a cookie when the user changes the font size using the controls at the top of the page. This cookie simply remembers the choice you make.

Name Typical content Expires Sites
fontsize small
medium
large
1 year http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/

Third-party cookies

The EPSRC website also uses Google Analytics. This installs cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. These cookies do not collect personal data about visitors to the EPSRC website.

For further details on the use of cookies by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.

Name Typical content Expires Sites
_utma randomly generated text 2 years All sites in our remit
_utmb randomly generated text 30 minutes All sites in our remit
_utmc randomly generated text At end of session (when you close your browser) All sites in our remit
_utmz randomly generated text 6 months All sites in our remit

The EPSRC website also uses Disqus to enable users to comment and discuss web content. This third-party service places cookies on your device to make their service easier to use. Their policy on use can be found on the following websites: Disqus.

Name Typical content Expires Sites
_utma randomly generated text 2 years http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
_utmb randomly generated text 30 minutes http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
_utmc randomly generated text At end of session (when you close your browser) http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
_utmz randomly generated text 6 months http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
_utmv randomly generated text 6 months http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
disqus_unique randomly generated text 1 year http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
testCookie randomly generated text At end of session (when you close your browser) http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
_qca randomly generated text 5 years http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

Flash cookies / Locally Stored Objects cookie

The EPSRC website makes use of a service called Issuu to display a virtual bookshelf for publications on some areas of the website. This service installs a Flash cookie (otherwise known as an LSO cookie) when you load a page that contains the bookshelf feature. This cookie is installed to provide a tailored experience for the user.

The Issuu bookshelf is only used on http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/

You can read Issuu's privacy policy.

You can also opt out of accepting Flash cookies entirely by using Macromedia's Flash Player Global Storage Settings panel.