Cookies (privacy)

Websites in our remit:
https://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 webpage 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

These cookies are used to remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service.

Name Purpose Expires Sites
JSESSIONID Used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server. At end of session (when you close your browser) https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
MOBILEFORMAT Used to determine whether or not to show the mobile format of the website. At end of session (when you close your browser) https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
ORIGINALURLTOKEN Used to anonymously track sessions within the website. Never https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
cfid Used in conjunction with cftoken this cookie helps to uniquely identify a client device (browser) to enable the site to maintain user session variables. Never https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
cftoken Used in conjunction with cfid this cookie helps to uniquely identify a client device (browser) to enable the site to maintain user session variables. Never https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
csrftoken Used on comment forms to prevent software attacks. 1 year https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
__cfduid Used to speed up page load times where datatables are used. 1 year https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
cookiesDirective Used to remember that you have accepted the use of third party cookies on the page. 1 year https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
ASP.NET_SessionId Used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server. At end of session (when you close your browser) http://gow.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. Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, which is part of Google Analytics Advertising Features has also been enabled. This uses Google's third-party audience data to collect information about age, gender and interests. EPSRC will use this to provide demographic statistics as part of website usage reports. These cookies do not collect personally identifiable 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 Purpose Expires Sites
__utma Used to distinguish between users and sessions. 2 years All sites in our remit
__utmb Used to determine new sessions and visits. 30 minutes All sites in our remit
__utmc Used in combination with the __utmb to identify new sessions / visits for returning visitors. At end of session (when you close your browser) All sites in our remit
__utmz Used to identify the source of traffic to the site - so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. 6 months All sites in our remit
__utmt Used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. 10 minutes All sites in our remit

The EPSRC website also uses YouTube to embed videos into the site. This third-party service places cookies on your device to make their service function. Their policy on use can be found on their how Google uses cookies page.

Name Purpose Expires Sites
GEUP Used to track views of videos. 2 years https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
PREF Used to store your preferences, for example language or results per page. 8 months https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Used to estimate your bandwidth. 8 months https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
YSC Used to track views of videos. At end of session (when you close your browser) https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/

The EPSRC website also uses SmartSurvey to enable users to complete webforms. This third-party service places cookies on your device to make their service function. Their policy on use can be found on their how we use cookies page.

Name Purpose Expires Sites
ASPSESSIONIDxxxxxx Used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server. Session https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
ASP.NET_SessionId Used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server. Session https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
Sxxxxxx_xxxxxx Used to store preferences and prevent users completing the form multiple times. 1 day https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
__ga Google Analytics cookie used to distinguishes unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. 2 years https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
__gat Google Analytics cookie used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. 10 minutes https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/

The EPSRC website also uses Tiki-Toki to present interactive timelines. This third-party service places cookies on your device for their analytics service. Their policy on use can be found on their privacy policy page.

Name Purpose Expires Sites
__utma Used to distinguish between users and sessions. 2 years https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
__utmb Used to determine new sessions and visits. 30 minutes https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
__utmc Used in combination with the __utmb to identify new sessions / visits for returning visitors. At end of session (when you close your browser) https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
__utmz Used to identify the source of traffic to the site - so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. 6 months https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
__utmt Used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. 10 minutes https://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 https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/

You can read Issuu's privacy policy.

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