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NIHR cookies policy

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Published: 17 July 2019

Version: 2.0 - January 2023

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What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto your device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) when you visit our website. It allows us to recognise your device and store some information about your visit or past actions.

Why do we ask to put cookies on your device?

By aggregating data from all our website visitors, we can better understand what content our visitors find useful and what content needs to be improved. By allowing cookies onto your device you are helping us continually improve the NIHR websites for everyone.

Do you collect and can you see my personal data?

No. We don’t collect, store, or process any personal data. We only see anonymised, aggregated data.

What types of cookie do we use?

  • Strictly Necessary (Functional) cookies - these are needed to make the website work.
  • Performance cookies - to give us insight into how people use our content and help us improve it.
  • Targeting cookies – for example when you interact with a Youtube video on our pages, Youtube places a number of cookies on your device. From time-to-time we track the performance of our social media campaigns and may place a cookie on your device to help do this.

Can I decline or customise which cookies I accept?

Yes. With the exception of strictly necessary, functional, cookies that make the site work, you can do this at any time using the cookie icon banner to change your choices. The cookie icon can be found on the bottom left of your screen.

Precisely which cookies do we use, what do they do and how long do they stay on my device?

We’ve listed below the cookies used on the main NIHR corporate website, the NIHR Funding & Awards and NIHR Journals Library websites.

We use a third-party specialist product developed by OneTrust Inc to audit our webpages for cookies. We use their scans to ensure that we are transparent about which cookies we use.

Which websites are covered by this policy?

The NIHR corporate website: www.nihr.ac.uk

Cookies on the NIHR.AC.UK website

Performance Cookies

Google

Cookie name: ga_2BGNRQYTPS

  • Cookie expiry: 729 days
  • Cookie type: first party, ac.uk, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: _ga

Cookie name: _ga

  • Cookie expiry: 729 days
  • Cookie type: first party, ac.uk, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish 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 site’s analytics reports. By default, it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

Cookie name: _gid

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: first party, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.

Cookie name: _gat_UA-nnnnnnn-nn

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: first party, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.

Hotjar

Cookie name: _hjTLDTest

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: first party, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: When the Hotjar script executes we try to determine the most generic cookie path we should use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, we try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed.

Cookie name: _hjSessionUser_2181208

  • Cookie expiry: 364 days
  • Cookie type: first party, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: This is a Hotjar cookie that is set when a user first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the Hotjar User ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behaviour in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.

Cookie name: _hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: first party
  • Cookie description: This cookie is used by HotJar to detect the first pageview session of a user. This is a True/False flag set by the cookie.

Cookie name: _hjIncludedInPageviewSample

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: first party, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site's pageview limit.

Cookie name: _hjSession_2181208

  • Cookie expiry: 364 days
  • Cookie type: first party, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: A cookie that holds the current session data. This ensures that subsequent requests within the session window will be attributed to the same Hotjar session.

Cookie name: _hjSession_2181208

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: first party, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: A cookie that holds the current session data. This ensures that subsequent requests within the session window will be attributed to the same Hotjar session.

Cookie name: _hjFirstSeen

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: first party, nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: Identifies a new user's first session on a website, indicating whether or not Hotjar's seeing this user for the first time.

Cookie name: _hjIncludedInSessionSample

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: first party, www.nihr.ac.uk
  • Cookie description: This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site's daily session limit.

Cookie name: _hjIncludedInSessionSample

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: third party, script.hotjar.com
  • Cookie description: Used when Hotjar has rejected the session from connecting to our WebSocket due to server overload. Applied in extremely rare situations to prevent severe performance issues.

Cookie name: _hjIncludedInPageviewSample

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: third party, script.hotjar.com
  • Cookie description: Used when Hotjar has rejected the session from connecting to our WebSocket due to server overload. Applied in extremely rare situations to prevent severe performance issues.

Targeting Cookies

Google

Cookie name: NID

  • Cookie expiry: 182 days
  • Cookie type: third party, google.com
  • Cookie description: This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.

Cookie name: CONSENT

  • Cookie expiry: 729 days
  • Cookie type: third party, google.com
  • Cookie description: This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.

Youtube

Cookie name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

  • Cookie expiry: 179 days
  • Cookie type: third party, youtube.com
  • Cookie description: This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos

Cookie name: CONSENT

  • Cookie expiry: 729 days
  • Cookie type: third party, youtube.com
  • Cookie description: YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

Cookie name: YSC

  • Cookie expiry: 0 days
  • Cookie type: third party, youtube.com
  • Cookie description: YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.