Privacy policy


The Discover Materials Website is administrated by staff at The University of Birmingham and The Henry Royce Institute.

Discover Materials is committed to looking after any information that you make available when you visit our website in accordance with data protection and privacy laws. This policy outlines what categories of information we retain and how we use it for: users of the Discover Materials website:;

Like our website, this notice will update over time. When we change the notice, you will be able to see the updates on this page.


You have the right to request access to, rectification of, and restriction of processing of your data. If you wish to exercise these rights please email 

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office


The information that we request, at the time of submission or subscription, is required for the purpose of communication with you. Data may be used in anonymous, aggregated form to allow us to monitor the use and effectiveness of the Discover Materials website, and in the same anonymous aggregated form to third parties for the same purpose. No personal information will be provided by us to any third party.

Under the Data Protection Act, we have a duty to protect any information we collect from you. Personal data is information that identifies an individual (you).

Provision of personal data will be acknowledged as your acceptance of this statement and agreement to our collecting and using that personal data only as described in this statement. If you do not agree to this statement, please do not provide personal data to us.

If you have made an enquiry with us via email or through our website we will store this information and ask that you make us aware if you would like to remove it from our database.  Note that we will not send you marketing campaigns without you opting in to our mailing list.


Links on the Discover Materials website may lead to other websites. We are not responsible for the content of any linked site. Listing and linking should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind and we accept no liability in respect of the content. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and have no control over the availability of linked pages.


Our website use ’cookies’ which are text files placed on your computer when you visit a site which help us understand how you use our website. Cookies don’t collect personal data from your computer, only the data created by your browsing. Some cookies remain on your computer after you leave the website; these are called ‘persistent’ cookies. Others are deleted automatically when you close your browser and others simply expire. We use the following cookies on our websites:

Analytics cookies and advertising cookies set by Google Analytics

We collect non-personally-identifiable information relating to your use of our sites via Google Analytics technology. This may include: which pages you see; how long you stay; what you click on our pages; if you visit the website again; which country and city you are browsing from; etc. This data is collected for the purpose of monitoring and understanding the effectiveness of our website.  This data is used in aggregated form to help improve the site and Discover Materials’ marketing efforts.

To specifically opt out of Google Analytics cookies visit to install an opt-out browser add-on.

Social Cookies

We use social features on this site to allow you to like and share content with your social networks.

Tracking cookies (social media)

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Tracking cookies (media)


You can choose not to accept cookies by changing your browser settings or deleting existing cookies installed on your computer. Visit for information on how to do this.