Terms of use


The material contained in this Wellcome Trust website is provided for general purposes only. Although we endeavour to ensure that the content is accurate and up to date, the Wellcome Trust accepts no responsibility for loss arising from reliance on information contained in this site or other sites that may be linked to from our site from time to time.

The content featured on this website is subject to copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The intellectual property rights in the content belong wholly to the original author or publisher of the content. You agree to be bound by licensing arrangements associated with use of such content.

You must not reproduce, distribute or communicate the content of this website, unless and to the extent that the same is specifically permitted under any license to which it is subject. If you wish to use any material which is not subject to a license, you must obtain prior written consent from the author or publisher. If reference to a copyright license is provided by us on this website then such license information should be used as guide only; please contact the owner if you wish to reuse the content.

If you share content that is permitted under license by copying, distributing and transmitting it, please attribute it to the website you sourced it from and Explorify, and provide a link to both websites (including https://explorify.welcome.ac.uk). For any reuse or distribution, you must make these license terms clear to others.

Privacy Statement

This statement explains how the Wellcome Trust Limited (as trustee of the Wellcome Trust) (“Wellcome”) uses the personal information we collect from you when you visit this website. By visiting this website you are consenting to our use of your information in this way. 

We may make changes to this statement so please check from time to time for any updates.

Information about you we may collect and use

You may give us your name, email address, school address and details of your role if you register on our website. Where you enrol on a teaching programme through this website, you may also give us feedback on various aspects of science teaching.

We may also receive information about you from third parties, for example from our service providers. When you visit our site, we use third party services to collect certain technical information from your device including standard internet log information i.e. Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, and page interaction information.

How we use your information

We use the information you give us to:

The technical information we collect when you visit our site is used for site administration and internal operations (i.e. troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes). This enables us to improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device, to allow you to participate in interactive features of our services when you choose to do so, and as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure.


When you visit this website we use cookies to automatically collect information about how you use the site. Please see our Cookies information (below).

Sharing your information

For the purposes described above: we may share your personal information with different parts of our organisation including Wellcome Library, Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust Conference Centre and Wellcome Genome Campus (Genome Research Limited).

We may also share your information with our service providers, suppliers, partners, associated organisations and agents, some of whom may be based outside the European Economic Area.

Looking after your personal information

We securely store all information you provide to us. Where you have chosen a password to access certain parts of the website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. As the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure, we cannot guarantee the security of your information transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk.

Once we have received your information, we will use appropriate procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Your rights

You have the right to access information held about you. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you. 

This site contains links to and from the websites of partners and third party affiliates. These sites have their own privacy policies which you are advised to read. We accept no responsibility or liability for such policies. 


For any queries or requests relating to this statement, write to Data Protection Compliance Officer, Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK, or email dataprotection@wellcome.ac.uk.

Cookies Policy

Like most websites, the Wellcome Trust uses cookies to capture information about our site’s users. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer if you agree.

Cookies allow us to recognise and count your visits, and to see how you move around the site while you are using it. This helps us to provide you with a good experience while you browse and to improve the way our site works, for example by making sure you can find what you need.

Cookies are also set when you click on social networking buttons in our pages, watch videos, register for services, and take part in surveys and other activities.

By continuing to use our site and by using video and social media functionality, you consent to the relevant cookies being set on your device.

For general information about cookies, and how to control and disable them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org

Cookies we use on our site by type

Across this site we may make use of Flash files, which present information, allow integration with third parties (such as YouTube) and can offer a richer online experience. We have strived to identify any Flash elements that are likely to set cookies but, at this point in time, we cannot guarantee the status of every Flash file. Adobe offers a tool to monitor and remove Flash cookies.


Name _ethnio_displayed

Purpose Set once a visitor sees an Ethnio screener. Used to make sure site visitors aren't annoyed by multiple screener invites.

Duration 30 days


Name _ga

Purpose Used to distinguish users.

Duration 2 years


Name _gat

Purpose Used to ensure that there are not too many people requesting a page or resource from Google Analytics at the same time.

Duration 10 minutes


Name _hjDoneTestersWidgets

Purpose Set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. Used to ensure that the same form does not reappear if it has already been filled in. This information is used by Hotjar. 

Duration 1 year


Name _utma

Purpose Collects data such as the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was and when their last visit occurred. This information is used by Google Analytics.

Duration 2 years


Name _utmb

Purpose Takes a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor enters the site. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the length of a website visit.

Duration 30 minutes


Name _utmb

Purpose Takes a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor leaves the site. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the length of a website visit.

Duration Session cookie


Name _utmc

Purpose Used in conjunction with other cookies to determine whether a user is in a new session or visit.

Duration End of browser session


Name _utmt

Purpose Used to ensure there are not too many people requesting a page or resource from Google Analytics at the same time.

Duration 10 minutes


Name _utmz

Purpose Used to find information about how visitors to a site are using a page.

Duration 2 years from set/update


Name _utmz

Purpose Collects data about where a visitor came from, what search engine they used, what link they clicked on, what keywords they used and from where in the world they accessed the site. Used by Google Analytics.

Duration 6 months

Browser/Javascript functionality 

Name ¬js

Purpose Checks whether a user’s browser supports JavaScript.

Duration Session cookie


Name wlauthdisp

Purpose Contains a user's display name (but not their username or other login details). It is made available for the client-side script to use, eg to display a welcome message.

Duration 2 years


Name wlredirect

Purpose Stores the address of the page a user is on when initiating the login process, so that the user can be returned to the same page once their login has been completed.

Duration Session cookie


Name explorify.wellcome.ac.uk

Purpose To maintain session state between requests

Duration Session cookie

Social networking 

Name lsd 

Purpose Contains a random value that is set when a Facebook user logs out, to prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks.

Duration Session cookie


Name noscript

Purpose Modifies the user interface to support browsers that do not support, or have deliberately disabled, JavaScript.

Duration Session cookie


Name reg_fb_gate

Purpose Contains the first Facebook page that a web browser visited. These cookies are used by Facebook to track registration effectiveness by recording how a user originally came to Facebook when they created their account.

Duration Session cookie

User preferences


Purpose Stores user preferences for Google.

Duration Session cookie


Name cookieconsent_lib

Purpose Remembers a user's cookie preference.

Duration 40 years


Name cookie-agreed-en

Purpose Remembers a user's cookie preference.

Duration 100 days


Name download¬_as_data_format

Purpose Remembers data download format preferences (.txt, .CSV etc.).

Duration Session cookie


Name wldata

Purpose Remembers toggle-a-tron setting.

Duration 2 years

Your visit

Name ASP.NET_Sessionld

Purpose Stores session data during a website visit, issued by Microsoft's ASP.NET application, a framework for building websites.

Duration Session cookie



Purpose Stores session data during a website visit, issued by Microsoft’s ASP.NET application.

Duration Session cookie