Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Vitamin D Animal Laboratory (VitDAL), led by Professor Richard Mellanby and based in the Roslin Institute and the Queen’s Medical Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh, brings together expertise in clinical veterinary endocrionology and nutrition, proteomics and immunology with the overarching ambition of advancing understanding of vitamin D biology in all species.

We are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our visitors to our web site. In particular, we want you to know that VitDAL is not in the business of selling, renting or personal data with other companies and businesses for marketing purposes.

This Privacy Policy provides information on when and why we collect your personal information, how we use it and how we keep it secure.

We will never disclose your personal data with others.

Types of data we collect

Website Cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file downloaded on to your device when you access certain websites. Cookies allow sites to recognise your device when you make a return visit.

We use several types of cookies for a range of reasons across the website.

Some are essential, while others you can opt out of or block. Opting out or blocking some cookies may affect the functionality of the website.

When you leave our website or click on links that lead to external websites, we are unable to control what cookies are set in any way. You will need to set your cookie preferences for those sites as well.

Why and how we use cookies

There are broadly four reasons why a cookie might be stored on your device when visiting the University website.

Cookies that make the website work properly for you and enable you to make use of the secure online services that we provide.

Cookies that collect data about your use of the website which is then anonymised and used to help us improve our online services.

Cookies that remember your preferences and make the site easier for you to use.

Cookies that are placed by third party services we make use of to enhance the information we present online. We have no control over these third party cookies.

These cookies are placed on your device either by the University or by the third parties whose services we use as part of the website.

Some cookies are retained in your browser for only as long as you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

How to block cookies

You can restrict or block cookies which are set during your use of the website by changing your browser’s settings. Some pages may not work if you completely disable cookies, but many third party cookies can be safely blocked.

Check information in your browser’s help section for specific instructions on how to manage cookies. Alternatively, websites such as “All About Cookies” provide comprehensive guidance.

Guide to managing cookies

Types of Cookies

Guide to the types of cookies we use on this website


When someone visits this web site we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Data sent via our contact form

The contact form on this web site has been created to provide you with a convenient means of sending us an email, without having to log in to your own mail client. Your details are not stored on this web site, they are not shared, they are held confidence, just as an email message email message would be in the recipient’s mail box. If you prefer not to use the form and contact us by another means, these will be listed on the contact page.

Access to your personal information

You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. Email your request to the University of Edinburgh’s data protection officer

The Records Management Section
Policy and Planning
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Changes to this Privacy Notice

To ensure that we continue to comply with data protection and privacy regulation we may review this information from time to time.

Last updated: September 2020.