About us

Privacy & cookies

Use of your data

We may collect personal information through web forms on our site or third party supplier sites for the following reasons:

  • To send you email alerts and newsletters. 
    • We use third party suppliers to send email alerts to communicate with you about topics you specify. You will be directed to an external website to enter your email address and select your email preferences. If you choose to set an optional password to manage your preferences this will be held securely, and is not accessible to anyone at either the MRC or our third party supplier.
  • To collect information for specific activities, for example Research Boards and Panel vacancy applications.

Further information on how your data will be used can be found on the relevant form.

In all cases the information you provide is only used for the transaction for which you granted permission. It will never be passed on or used for any other purpose.

Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. 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 during one task,
  • recognising that you have already given a username and password so you don't need to enter it for every web page requested,
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them from: AllAboutCookies.org.

Our use of cookies

The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by the Medical Research Council and the third-party services we use. If you have any queries about these cookies or would like more information about them, please get in touch.

General website cookies 

Google Analytics and SiteImprove set cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the website is available when you want it and to help us understand what you want to use.

Name

Typical Content

Expires

Purpose

JSESSIONID

randomly generated number and letter string

At end of session

Web content management system cookie

MOBILEFORMAT

true or false

At end of session

Displays mobile or desktop view of website

seen_cookie_message

1 or 0

28 days

Displays cookie message for first time visitors

ORIGINALURLTOKEN

randomly generated number and letter string 30 years Web content management system cookie
cfid randomly generated number and letter string 30 years Web content management system cookie
cftoken 0 30 years Web content management system cookie

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

Google Analytics and SiteImprove 

Google Analytics and SiteImprove set cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the website is available when you want it and to help us understand what you want to use.

Name

Typical Content

Expires

Purpose

_ga

randomly generated number

2 years

Distinguishes users

_gali

Name of page visited

30 seconds

Statistics on pages visited

_gat

1

10 minutes

Throttles request rate
nmstat randomly generated number 1001 days after your last visit Statistics on pages visited

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

 

Further information

If you have further questions about this policy, please contact: websupport@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk.