Privacy and cookies

Privacy Notice

NERC is one of nine councils within UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), an organisation that brings together the UK's seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Our Privacy Notice - external link - describes how NERC and the other UKRI councils handle personal data.

Further information on our processing of personal data can be found in the NERC information notice.


Cookies policy

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example your computer or mobile phone. These small files are known as cookies. They 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.

You can use your web browser's settings to manage these small files yourself.

Our use of cookies

We use analytics cookies provided by Google to monitor the smooth running of our site and to improve the service we offer, based on the usage and popularity of different content. More details on these cookies and how to manage them can be found on the Google Technologies & Principles - external link - pages.

We also use our own cookies in order to comply with EU legislation on cookies and to allow selection of an alternative high-contrast colour scheme for users who have trouble reading our standard site (this is selectable from the accessibility page).

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The help function within your browser should tell you how.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone, you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third parties' collection of data during your visit to our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

Further information

If you have any queries about privacy or cookies, please contact:

The Web Team