Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to understand how you use our website. This data is anonymised and used to help us improve our online services. Cookies also help us to make the website work properly for you and enable you to make use of the secure online services that we provide. These cookies are placed on your device either by us or by the third parties whose services we use as part of the website. Some cookies are retained in your browser for only as long as you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

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This website creates the following cookie:

  • Name: crf_admin_live
  • Data: A unique alphanumeric string.
  • Expiry Date: This cookie will be deleted when you close your browser (or all browsers depending on the browser type).

Description: This is a session cookie. Without a session cookie you would be unable to access this website. The purpose of the cookie this website creates is to enhance the security of your interaction with the website. It does not contain any information about you personally.

We furthermore make us of the services offered by Google Analytics.

  • Cookie name(s): __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz
  • Data stored: A random unique number or string of letters and numbers to identify your browser, the times and dates that you interacted with the site recently and the marketing materials or referring pages that led you to the site.
  • Expiry: The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.
  • Description: Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyse how frequently the same people revisit the Edinburgh CRF website, how the website is found (from advertising or referring websites), and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.

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Source: University of Edinburgh cookies page

How to block cookies

You can restrict or block cookies which are set during your use of the website by changing your browser’s settings. Some pages may not work if you completely disable cookies, but many third party cookies can be safely blocked. There are several websites and services that provide information on cookies and how to block them. For a comprehensive guide see

Also see the University of Edinburgh cookies page for further information.