Privacy and Terms of use

Explorify is moving

On 21st September 2021, Explorify will become part of STEM Learning. Review the new Privacy Policy and 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 For any reuse or distribution, you must make these license terms clear to others.

Privacy Statement

Wellcome is committed to safeguarding your personal information in accordance with data protection law.

The Wellcome Privacy Statement explains how, and on what legal basis, we collect, store, and use personal information about you.

Information about you we may collect and use specific to Explorify

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 on Explorify

We use the information you give us to:

  • send you the resources and updates that you have subscribed to
  • identify where Explorify can have the greatest impact in UK schools
  • administer any user accounts we set up for you
  • conduct surveys and process your response to any survey you participate in for research, evaluation and statistical purposes
  • ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you

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.

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

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

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 _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 _gid

Purpose Used to distinguish users.

Duration 24 hours




Purpose The user's session - contains a reference to their session on the server which links their session to their account by email address


Long life


Purpose Allows the user to be logged into their account automatically if they selected the option to "remember me" on login

Duration 1 year


Name cookieSeen

Purpose Stored so that the user doesn't see the cookie message repeatedly

Duration 28 days


Name verificationPromptSeen

Purpose Stored so that user doesn't see the verification message repeatedly

Duration 28 days


Third party:

Name _hjIncludedInSample

Purpose Temporarily on site when we study usability of site 


Social networking 

Name personalization_id

Purpose Used by Twitter for personalisation across devices.

Duration Stored cookie


Name fr

Purpose Used by Facebook.

Duration Stored cookie


User preferences


Purpose Stores user preferences for Google.

Duration Session cookie