The Website (“Site”) is operated by eTIPS, a Jisc funded project run jointly by the University of the Highlands and Islands, Lews Castle College UHI and Edinburgh Napier University, (“eTIPS”, ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’). You can contact us by visiting the Contact Us page of this site.

Coverage of the privacy policy

This privacy policy is specific to the eTIPS companion website. This Privacy Policy covers our treatment of personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) that we gather when you register, access or use our site and the products, software and services (“Services”) available on the Site. This policy does not cover services accessed by linking through this site neither does it include links or services recommended by site members.

Collection of personal information

We receive and store any information you provide to us. For example, we collect Personal Information such as your email address in order to create an online account. We also receive and store information you provide us that is contained in user submissions, including without limitation, figures, datasets and media you submit to the Site. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to register with us or take advantage of some or all of the Services featured on the Site.

We collect certain aggregated and non-personal information when you visit our Site. Aggregated and non-personal information does not relate to a single, identifiable visitor. It tells us information such as how many users visited our website and which pages were accessed. By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor our Site to our visitors. We collect this information through a ‘cookie’.


In order to use this Site, you must have cookies enabled within your browser. We use Google Analytics which means that when you visit our Site, you receive a cookie which can be categorised as a ‘performance cookie’. Please note that no personal information is stored within the cookies used in this Site. If you choose to disable cookies, parts of the Site may not work in your browser.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. The cookies used on this website have been categorised as category 2 and 3 based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide.

Storage and security of your personal information

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that any personal information we hold is not subject to loss or misuse or unauthorised access, disclosure or alteration.

In order to help protect your personal information, please do not disclose your Username or Password to any person.

We may disclose information about you: (i) if we are required to do so by law or legal process; (ii) to law enforcement agencies following an appropriate request; or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

Access and correction

We will provide users with access to a copy of their Personal Information which they have provided through our Site, where such users are reasonably entitled to ask for this, (for which we may charge a small fee not exceeding the statutory maximum) and they will have the ability to review and correct it, as applicable.

Your choices

We may contact you by email to communicate with you about your use of the Service. Also, we may receive a confirmation when you open an email from us. This confirmation helps us make emails more interesting and improve our service.

Changes to this privacy statement

We may occasionally make adjustments to our privacy statement to reflect changes to the system and in response to customer feedback. As such we suggest you check the Privacy Statement each time you visit this site.

Third party websites

The Website may include third-party advertising and links to other websites. We do not provide any personally identifiable customer Personal Data to these advertisers or third-party websites.

These third-party websites and advertisers, or internet advertising companies working on their behalf, sometimes use technology to send (or ‘serve’) the advertisements that appear on the Website directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. They may also use cookies, JavaScript, web beacons (also known as action tags or single-pixel gifs), and other technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalise advertising content. We do not have access to or control over cookies or other features that they may use, and the information practices of these advertisers and third-party websites are not covered by this Privacy Policy. Please contact them directly for more information about their privacy practices. In addition, the Network Advertising Initiative offers useful information about internet advertising companies (also called ‘ad networks’ or ‘network advertisers’), including information about how to opt-out of their information collection.

We exclude all liability for loss that you may incur when using these third party websites.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us by going to the link on the Contact Us section of the Site.

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