Cookie Policy

Use of cookies on the University of Warwick Science Park web site


What is a cookie?

Most web sites use cookies to remember information about you and your preferences, either for the duration of your visit or for repeat visits. A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a web site, and that web site can then retrieve the contents of that cookie.

If we didn’t use cookies, our web site would think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site. For example, if you were to enter your login details and then move to another page, our site wouldn’t be able to remember that you’d previously signed in.

Cookies may be set by the web site you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or by other web sites which provide content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).


What cookies does The Science Park’s web site use?

Performance cookies

These cookies allow us to track the performance and usage of the Science Park web site with anonymised “statistics”. We use cookies to track your route around the Science Park web site and use the statistics that these create to tailor the web site’s performance.

Cookie Name Cookie Purpose Cookie Duration
_ga, _gat These cookies are used by Google Analytics software to distinguish users. The information we gather includes but is not limited to how are users interact with the Warwick Science Park web site, which pages are most frequently viewed, how frequently the users visit the web site, traffic source of user visit, demographics data (age and gender), location and device information (make and model). Any data collected is anonymous and used for statistical reporting only.

Other cookies created by Google Analytics include _gid, AMP_TOKEN and _gac_. These cookies store other randomly generated ids and campaign information about the user.

Up to two years after last web site visit.
_utm* These cookies allow us to gather analytics using Google Analytics Various; up to two years


We use the Akismet anti-spam service, provided by Automattic, Inc., 132 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA in order to separate out spam from regular user comments. Comment data will be sent to and processed by Akismet solely for this purpose. Akismet does not save the comment data permanently on its servers unless a comment was marked as false positiv, in which case akismet stores it long enough to use it to improve the service to avoid future false positives. For further information please refer to Akismet’s Privacy Policy:

We also sometimes embed photos and video content from third party web sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. As a result, when you visit one of our pages containing such content, you may be presented with cookies from these web sites. We don’t control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party’s web site for more information.

Some web sites also use cookies to help them target their advertising or marketing messages, based for example on your location or your browsing habits. We don’t use any cookies in that way.

We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).


What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

If you don’t want web sites to store cookies on your computer, tablet or phone, you can modify your browser so that it asks for your permission when a web site wants to set a cookie, or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, the site contains comprehensive information on how to remove cookies on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

For Google Analytics cookies, Google provide a Google Analytics opt-out tool  tool which allows you to specify that you don’t want to accept their cookies, not just for our site, but for all sites which use Google Analytics.

To find out more information and opt out of third party cookies, please visit the relevant privacy and cookie policy pages on third party web sites.