Cookie Policy

Updated: 14/07/2021

Your privacy – how cookies are used on our Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGTC), Advanced Therapies Apprenticeship Community (ATAC), Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network (ATSTN) and Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres (ATTC) websites. Google Analytics on our CGTC website are set and controlled by Innovate UK and we have access to this data (please refer to the Innovate UK Cookie Policy for information on how they manage cookies, this can be found on their website). Other cookies of the CGTC website are set and controlled by Cell Therapy Catapult Ltd. trading as Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult only. All cookies, including Google Analytics set on our other websites are set and controlled by Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult.

Our websites use small amounts of data stored on your computer called ‘cookies’ to collect information about how visitors use our websites. You can control what cookies, if any, are stored on your computer. Find out more about cookies below.

Details of how to request personal information under the Data Protection Act (2018) can be found within our Privacy Policy.

A cookie is a small text file placed on your device when you visit one of our websites. It often includes a unique identifier and is stored on your device’s hard drive. We do not use cookies to collect information that can be used to identify you.

Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it. Your browser is the computer program you use to access the internet. By default, your browser will only allow a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, and not the cookies sent to you by any other website. This is to protect your privacy.

Types of cookies

There are effectively four different variants of cookies that websites create:

  • Session cookies – These types of cookies are only valid when the user browses a site and are expired when the user leaves a website.
  • Persistent cookies – Persistent cookies are not cleared when a user closes their browser. They are used to remember if the user has visited the site before, whether they ticked a ‘remember me’ type checkbox when logging into the site or where the user visited the website from.
  • First party cookies – First party cookies are examples that are only used within one particular website. Data from the cookie isn’t accessible to other websites.
  • Third party cookies – These cookies are set by external companies.

What type of data do cookies collect?

The type of data cookies collect depends on which cookies are being used and their purpose. The following list contains some examples of the kind of information our cookies may collect. This list is not exhaustive.

  • the type of device you are using (laptop, phone etc)
  • your browsing history
  • pages you have visited
  • the date you visited our website
  • a unique id
  • a session Id
  • username
  • your preferences
  • your IP address

Controlling what cookies are stored on your computer and how this may affect functionality.

You can block all cookies from our websites by adjusting your browser settings. However, if you do this our websites may not be fully functional.

If you want to restrict or block the cookies on our websites you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ menu in your browser should explain how you can do this, as well as how to delete cookies from your computer. For more information, the following links provide information on how to disable cookies user your browser settings:

Rejecting cookies – Mobile devices

For information about how to reject cookies on mobile devices, please see your device manual.

Third party cookies on our websites

Google Analytics Cookies

Google Analytics are a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. which are used on out websites. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of our sites.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How to reject or delete this cookie:<

Full list of cookies on our websites

The following are names of cookies that are currently witnessed on our websites. Each cookie includes a short description of what the cookie does and what type of variant the cookie falls into. As mentioned, the Google Analytics cookies on the CGTC website are open to Innovate UK, on our other websites these cookies are managed by CGTC.





Session cookie, First party cookie

General purpose session cookie. Used to remember if the user is currently navigating the website. This cookie contains the user’s session ID and the cookie will expire at the end of the session (when you close your browser).

_ck Session cookie

First party cookie

Content Management System generated and is currently not utilized or saving any data.


Persistent cookie, First party cookie

Used on some websites to remember if the user is still logged into the site despite closing the browser (the cookie is valid for 30 minutes from the point of creation).


Persistent cookie, Third party cookie

This cookie (which is part of Google analytics) keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site pertaining to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.


Persistent cookie, Third party cookie

Used to create a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site. This cookie is part of Google analytics in conjunction with the _utmc cookie.


Persistent cookie, Third party cookie

Used to create a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site. This cookie is part of Google analytics in conjunction with the _utmb cookie.


Persistent cookie, Third party cookie

_utmz keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine the visitor used, what link the visitor clicked on, what keyword the visitor used, and where they were in the world when the user accessed the website. This cookie is part of Google analytics.


Persistent cookie, Third party cookie

Used by the ClickTale module to analyse where users click/browse through a website


Persistent cookie, Third party cookie

Used by the ClickTale module to disable user experience monitoring.

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