Our Policy regarding the Use of Cookies

What are Cookies & why do I need them?

Thank you for visiting our website. Under EU law we are required to inform you about cookies we may have transferred to your computer. A Cookie is a text file that a website places onto a your computer and which stores information specfic to your visit. Cookies are used to make the site easier to use, and if you choose to refuse Cookies it may affect the functionality of the website.

When someone visits this website we collect details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the website. We collect this information in a way that does not identify anyone and we do not make any attempt to find out your identity. If we want to collect personally identifiable information we will inform you about it and make it clear what use will be made of it.

Effective 1st April 2012

How does this website use Cookies?

When we provide internet services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device (e.g. computer or mobile phone). These small files known as cookies 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 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 our services so we can make them better

Cookies for measuring website usage

So that we can measure the popularity of pages, where people come from and other general statistics, we use Google Analytics to track new and repeat visitors. We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting your needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Please see the Google Privacy Policy if you want to know more.

Google Analytics cookies: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz

  • Purpose: To record how many people are using the Grant Aid website and how they move around the site once they've arrived:
    • _utma tracks how many times (if any) you have visited the Grant Aid website before.
    • _utmb and _utmc are connected, and track how long you stay on the site.
    • _utmz tracks identifies where you've come from e.g. from a search engine or from another website.
  • Benefit: So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors.
  • Data stored by cookies: No personal information about you, just information about your computer and your browser.
  • Duration of cookies:
    • _utma: Expires 2 years after your last visit to this site.
    • _utmb: Expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity.
    • _utmc: Expires when you close your browser.
    • _utmz: Expires 6 months after it was last set.

ShareThis cookies: _stid,_uset, _unam

  • Purpose: Many of our pages include a ShareThis button, which allows you to share our content via email, Twitter, Facebook etc. These cookies enable that service to work smoothly:
    • _stid is a random unique identifier and is used to associated users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share.
    • _uset is used to indicate when a user has been cookied so that the task is not repeated in the next 8 hours.
    • _unam counts number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. ShareThis's privacy policy.
  • Data stored by cookies:
    • _stid is a random indentifier number.
    • _uset contains 'Yes' or 'No' depending on whether you have enabled sharing. 
    • _unam only personally identifies you if you have already independently signed up with ShareThis and have given your consent.
  • Duration of cookies:
    • _stid: Unknown
    • _uset: Expires after 8 hours. 
    • _unam: Unknown

Temporary and Session Only Cookies

The Content Management System (CMS) software that runs this website may transfer temporary cookie(s) or persistent cookie(s) with randomly generated names to keep track of your visit. They are deleted when your browser session expires.

We use a cookie named cookieAccpetanceCookie that lets us know that you have accepted the use of cookies on the Grant Aid website. This cookie remains on your device so that each time you visit our site you will no longer get the message to accept our cookies. If at anytime you wish to decline acceptance please delete this cookie (see below).

We use some functionality based cookies to help the site function properly. Refusing these these might change the way our website looks and/or behaves.

JPaneSliders cookies (cookie names starting with the prefix 'JPaneSliders_') are session only cookies that offer the website visitor a more “personal” experience by controling the menus, animations and font sizes for better viewing. These cookies will change the way a website looks and/or behaves. They are deleted when your browser session expires.

More about Cookies and how to delete them

  • Cookies used on this site do not contain any personal information.
  • These cookies are NOT used for targeted advertising purposes.
  • Any information collected is anonymous and generalised.
  • Your privacy is respected at all times (see our privacy policy)

If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to the instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies or you may be able to delete cookies from your browser. Information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at AboutCookies.org. Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.

How To Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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