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Cookies on this Website

Services provided by the RCUK website 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. You can chose to not accept certain cookies on this website (as indicated by the banner at the top of each page) but this will limit some of the websites functionality.

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 - what they are and how to manage them here.

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

RCUK use of cookies

First-party cookies

Cookies for user analytics

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage:

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Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years
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Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes
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Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser
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Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google website. Please note that a Google Analytics cookie will always be set in your browser when visiting this website, this is for analytical data required to maintain the RCUK website.

Third-party cookies

We use a number of suppliers who may also set cookies on their websites' on its behalf.

Cookies for improving service

Cookies for sharing links to our website

We use AddThis to make it easy to share links to our website with others. This third-party service places a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Their policy on use can be found on the following websites: Add This (Opt-out for AddThis).

Typical content: randomly generated text
Expires: when user exits browser
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Typical content: a unique id, your IP address and your browser information
Expires: 2 hours

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 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.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

For further information on RCUK's use of Cookies on any of our websites please contact the RCUK Web Manager.

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