What is a cookie?

A cookie is information stored in a file placed on your computer’s hard disc through your web browser.  Your browser allows you to decide if you want to accept cookies or not.  There are two types: session cookies and persistent cookies.  Session cookies are temporary and are cleared out by your browser when it shuts down.  They are used to remember you as you interact with the site on a single visit.  Persistent cookies last for a longer period of time which depends on the lifetime of the cookie and is stored as part of the cookie file.  Typically they are used to remember information on a return visit.  Further explanation about cookies is available from

No cookie placed by Science Vale UK will contain personal information or card numbers and our cookies will not be used to collect such information from your computer.  Refusing to accept a cookie will not stop you visiting the Science Vale UK web site.  For explanations of why we are using each cookie and how long they remain valid, see below.
Last reviewed: (9th March 2017)

Types of cookies
We have provided a List of cookies on this site

Session cookies
Session cookies are needed by our online forms and by the Google maps integration we use for interactive maps.  If your browser does not accept these session cookies, the forms and the maps on our site will not work properly, and you will not be able to log on to the Business, Media and Relocation specialists password protected pages securely.  We also use session cookies to monitor website usage.

Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies are used by some of our web forms to allow you to save a partly filled in form so you can return and complete it at a later time.  If you do not accept this cookie you will not be able to use this facility.  If you delete the cookie from your computer you will lose access to the partly filled form.


Third party cookies

Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics to help analyse use of our web site.  These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site.  We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.  The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.  For further information see Google Analytics’ privacy statement.  This link will take you to an external website

How we use the information

The data collected may include IP address and browser type.  The information collected will not be used to identify you as a person.  The data is used to generate summary statistics and monitor the popularity of our site in general and the usage of individual pages.  We use the information to improve our site and service.
Last reviewed: (9th March 2017)


Cookies on this site

Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies
Our online forms, such as newsletter subscription, use a number of cookies required for the form to function.
Some examples of how these cookies are used:

  • When you are signing into the Science Vale website.
  • Remembering previous actions such as what text was entered into an application form when navigating back to the page during the same session.

The Science Vale web pages also use a session cookie.
These temporary cookies are essential for secure use of the Science Vale UK web pages.  It enables you to securely log on, subscribe to notification emails, and to submit information to the council.  These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.  These cookies are not used for any purpose other than securing your logon session.  For further information, visit the Microsoft website.

Category 2: Performance cookies
We use Google Analytics for website traffic analysis.  It uses cookies, for example to track the paths users take through the website.  This helps us to see which pages are popular and which are not, and direct updating and improving the website.

Category 3: Functionality cookies
These will be used to see if you have visited the website before so that any messages for new visitors are not displayed to you.

Category 4: Advertising cookies
We do not use any third party or advertising cookies on our site.
Last reviewed: (9th March 2017)