Cookie Policy

Edinburgh Research and Innovation Ltd (“ERI”, “us” or “we”) is committed to preserving your privacy. Please read the following cookie policy to understand how we use and protect the information obtained from those visiting and using our website [www.research-innovation.ed.ac.uk] and any related websites (“ERI’s websites”).

For more information on our privacy policy, please read our Privacy Statement.

When you use the ERI website our web server automatically sends your computer small pieces of code (or 'cookies'). This collects information, where available, about your IP address, operating system and browser type, as well as data about users' browsing actions and patterns. It is used to inform improvements to the website, for system administration, and to report aggregate information to third parties.

Types of cookies we use

Some of the cookies we use are essential to the performance of the website, while others are not. We want to be open in the way we use cookies, and to help you make informed choices about the information you provide to us and third parties when you visit our website.

"A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device." 
From the Information Commissioner’s Office guidance on use of cookies

Why and how we use cookies

There are broadly three reasons why a cookie might be stored in your browser when visiting the ERI website:

  • Essential cookies that make the site work properly for you and enable you to make use of secure online services we provide.
  • Cookies monitoring website use that collect data about your use of the website which is then anonymised and used to help us improve our online services.
  • Cookies that are placed by third party services we make use of to enhance the information we present online. We have no control over these cookies.

These cookies are placed on your machine either by ERI or by the third parties whose services we use as part of the website.

Some cookies are retained in your browser for as long as you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified period.

Essential cookies

Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the ERI website delivers you information and services securely and optimally. You must accept these cookies to be able to make use of our online systems.

You can view a list of essential cookies we use and what they’re for at the foot of this page.

Cookies monitoring website use

We use a number of tools that monitor visitor behaviour on our website to help us improve our information and services. The tool we use most consistently is Google Analytics. Anonymous data about your visit is collected and amalgamated with that of other visitors to produce a set of Google Analytics reports.

These reports enable us to gain a better understanding how everyone uses our website and provides insight on what we can do to improve the website visitor’s experience.

You can view a list of cookies monitoring website use and what they’re for at the foot of this page.

Third party cookies

Some ERI pages utilise third party code or software to deliver interactive services, such as maps, online videos or social networking features. Many of these services may set cookies in your browser. You can block or remove these cookies yourself by altering the settings of your browser. Blocking these cookies is unlikely to impact on your experience of our website.

You can view a list of third party cookies we use and what they’re for at the foot of this page.

Opt-out options

Google Analytics Opt out

To provide website visitors more choice on how their data is collected, Google Analytics have developed the ‘Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on’. This plug-in communicates with the Google Analytics’ JavaScript on the website to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.

You can opt out of providing us with this information if you wish, with no impact on your experience of our website.

Blocking cookies

You can restrict or block cookies which are set during your use of the website by changing your browser’s settings. Some pages may not work if you completely disable cookies, but many third party cookies can be safely blocked.

Check information in your browser’s help section for specific instructions on how to manage cookies. Alternatively, websites such as All About Cookies provide comprehensive guidance.

List of cookies

Essential cookies

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored When does it expire? Description
Session ID JSESSIONID, PHPSESSIONID, ASPSESSIONID, etc A random unique number or string of letters and numbers. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser. A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor.

Cookies monitoring website use

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored When does it expire? Description
Google Analytics __utma A unique identifier that represents your browser, the date of your first visit to the website, the date of your two most recent visits to the website, and the total number of times you’ve visited the website in the past including today. This cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), to help us see how our website is used. The information stored in this cookie is used to identify how frequently the same people revisit the website and to detect how long people take between each visit. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually.
Google Analytics __utmb, __utmc __utmb stores the exact time you started your current website visit,
__utmc stores the last time you interacted with the website
__utmb is deleted when you close your browser window,
__utmc is deleted 30 minutes after your last visit to the website.
These cookies are used to detect how long users have spent on the website on this particular visit. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually.
Google Analytics __utmv, __utmz A unique identifier that represents your browser and information about the web pages or marketing materials that led you to this ERI website. __utmv is deleted 30 minutes after your last visit, and __utmz is deleted 6 months after your last visit to the website. These cookies are used to detect which traffic sources are driving visits to the website. Traffic sources can include printed or online marketing materials, or simply other websites. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually.

Third party cookies

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored When does it expire? Description
Google Maps SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.
The PREF cookie expires 18 months after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.
Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users.
The PREF cookie appears to store information about your preferences regarding the Google Maps service. In doing so, information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States.
YouTube SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a YouTube video, although some expire sooner.
 
Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a YouTube video. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of YouTube users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google account if you are signed in to one.
In viewing a page with a YouTube video, information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States.
Twitter PREF, _twitter_sess, guest_id, k, pid, original_referer Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service.
The PREF cookie also stores any settings related to the appearance of the feed.
_twitter_sess is deleted when you close your browser. K is deleted 7 days after, and the others are deleted 2 years after your last visit to a page containing a twitter widget. Twitter set a series of cookies on any page that includes a Twitter feed. While we have no control over the cookies set by Twitter, it appears that the cookie stores information about the feed you are viewing, where you accessed the feed and details of your twitter account (if you are logged in).
When you use a Twitter widget, information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Twitter and stored on servers in the United States.

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