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Cookies and Privacy

We fully respect your right to privacy when using our website. On this page you will find details relating to privacy and cookies.

What information do we collect?

When you use the Internet, you are assigned a unique address, known as an IP address. We use IP addresses to analyse trends, to administer the website, track users' movements through the website, and gather statistical information. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

We do not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information that you volunteer, either by emailing us or submitted through an online form e.g. event registration, course registration or newsletter sign up.

We make no attempt to identify individual users of this site, unless we suspect that unauthorised access to our systems is being attempted.

Any information you provide is used by us solely for the purpose of processing your information request.

How do we look after your information?

Log files are kept for all user activity on our website. We store these both in a secure database and within Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics to analyse these files regularly to monitor website usage and evaluate the effectiveness of our website. All log file information collected by us is kept secure. We do occasionally allow trusted partners and suppliers access to our Google Analytics. This information is not personally identifiable.

We reserve the right to attempt to identify and track any individual who is reasonably suspected of trying to gain unauthorised access to computer systems or resources. As a condition of using this site, all users give permission for NHS Research Scotland to use its access logs to attempt to track users who are reasonably suspected of gaining, or attempting to gain, unauthorised access.


A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to user needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.