Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help you navigate our pages efficiently and perform certain functions.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile device when you browse websites.

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How do we use cookies?

Some of the cookies we use are essential to enable core functionalities. The website cannot function properly without these cookies, and they can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.

Other cookies (e.g  analytical) help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on its usage. For example, they help us understand how many users visit our pages, how long they spend on a page, which content they look at, how they found our website and which actions they took. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form and in doing so they don’t store any personally identifiable information.

We use cookies to:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions


What cookies we use on our site?

Website function cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including allowing you to add comments to our site.

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Third party cookies on our website

RCA Service Design uses Google Analytics to compile statistics on how our website is being used, which can help us to improve our website and online services.

Our website also uses Google Analytics advertising features to enable us to better understand the interests of our audience and to tailor our communications to be more relevant to you.

If you do not wish to see these adverts, you can:

We use Facebook Pixels to analyse traffic to the site from our adverts. Weshare data from our websites first-party cookies with Facebook. This helps us deliver relevant ads to people who may be interested in our activity.

Third party cookies and our social media and web advertising

You may also see our advertising online and on some social media sites if you have supported us before, or if your use of these channels suggests that you would find our campaigns relevant.

We use cookies to ensure that any investments we make in online advertising are as cost-effective as possible, by tracking how well individual adverts perform. These cookies are issued by third party service providers that we have assessed as secure.


Site improvement cookies

Sometimes we test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website.


Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

Examples of cookie types set on this website:

adaptive_image - When you come to our site, this cookie stores your screen size (and nothing else). This is then used to scale images so they look good on your screen - so if you are viewing this site on a mobile phone, then you'll get scaled-down images compared to viewing it on a desktop computer. This information is kept throughout your "session" - that is, the length of time you are looking at this site.

Has_js - This cookie stores a digit (1 or 0) which is set by Drupal (the system used to create and maintain this website) depending if your browser uses JavaScript or not. JavaScript is a programming language used throughout the internet.

Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight - Just like Has_js, this is made by Drupal. This one stores user interface preferences and is just a single digit.

__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmc, ga, gat, gid - Google Analytics: we use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website. These cookies enable us to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session. These cookies are set only after the user has given consent to us to use cookies.

__atuvc, __atuvs - These cookies are used from AddThis social sharing widget in order to make sure you see the updated count when you share a page.

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE,  YSC, PREF -These cookies allow YouTube to collect usage information for YouTube hosted videos. Learn more at

optimizelyDomainTestCookie, optimizelyEndUserId - Used for site optimisation and split testing by Optimizely. Learn  more at

Granting us permission to use cookies

When you land on our website we give you the option of accepting cookies or not. If you choose to not take any action and keep browsing our website, we take this to mean that you accept the use of cookies.


Turning cookies off

You can switch cookies off when you land on our website or by adjusting your browser settings (learn how here).

Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our's and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you have concerns around cookies related to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.


Some of the cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh.