Cookie Policy

  1. Introduction
    When you visit any of our websites (www.stemnet.org.uk and its microsites, db.stemnet.org.uk, www.stemclubs.net, www.stemchallenges.net) we want to make it an easy, useful and reliable user experience. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. Note: A ‘User’ in this context would be the person sat at a computer or using a mobile device to browse the internet.
  2. What is a cookie?
    Cookies do lots of different jobs, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site, for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page, it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.
  3. What is in a cookie?
    A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by websites that you visit. Only that website’s server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser.
  4. Types of cookies
    A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers. There are three difference types of cookies:

    • Session cookies
    • Persistent cookies
    • First and Third Party cookies
  5. About our cookies
    Our websites use the cookies detailed below. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our sites.
    The ‘analytical’ cookies we use allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily.

 

Name of cookie Type of cookie Expiry period Reason for use of cookie Description
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Persistent Analytics 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 visit.
PHPSESSID Session cookie End of browser session This cookie is set by STEM Learning but is kept empty and contains no user information. This cookie is only filled with user information when the content management system requires it and this is for the website administrator.
STEMCLUBSSESSID Session cookie End of browser session This cookie is set by STEM Learning but is kept empty and contains no user information. It is used to keep track of only authenticated users on the website. Where users are not logged in this session will contain no identifiable information on the user.
STEMCHALLENGESSESSID Session cookie End of browser session This cookie is set by STEM Learning but is kept empty and contains no user information. It is used to keep track of only authenticated users on this website. Where users are not logged in this session will contain no identifiable information on the user.
STEMNET E&E Database (db.stemnet.org.uk)
STEMNETDBSESSID Session cookie End of browser session Analytics This is set by STEM Learning in readiness to store essential login information on the database site and also to maintain a unique connection to the server. Without setting this cookie STEM Learning cannot log users in to the Enhancement and Enrichment database.
STEMNETCOOKIEOPTIN Persistent Cookie 3 years after it is set User tracking This is set when the user accepts the STEM Learning cookie policy. This is set so that the website does not keep asking the user every time they visit to accept the STEM Learning Cookie policy.

 

  1. YouTube cookies
    We occasionally embed YouTube videos on some of our sites. By clicking on play on a YouTube video YouTube will set a cookie, which may contain information from the visitors YouTube account.
    STEM Learning is currently working on a privacy enhanced embed feature, which although will set a cookie from YouTube will not store personally identifiable cookie information for playback of the video. Please refer to YouTube’s embedding videos information page http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=171780 for more information.
  2. Your consent
    By ticking the box on the initial STEM Ambassadors registration page of the website you are explicitly consenting to STEM Learning’s use of cookies as identified above and as may be changed from time to time.
    By submitting your personal information through this website, you shall be consenting to it being processed in the manner described above by STEM Learning. If you have submitted personal information through this website and wish us to cease using it for the purposes submitted, please contact info@stemnet.org.uk
  3. 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. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
    Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org/ which contains comprehensive information on how to restrict or block cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.
    Note:  Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.
  4. Links to other websites
    This cookies policy does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy and cookie statements on the other websites you visit.
  5. Changes to the STEM Learning cookie policy
    We keep our cookies policy under review,  It was last reviewed on 1 June 2012.