Terms of use


  1. Understanding these Terms of Use
  2. Creating and accessing a Knowledgescotland.org Account
  3. Your obligations
  4. Your data
  5. Our data
  6. Closing and suspending Knowledgescotland.org Accounts
  7. Disclaimer and your liability to us
  8. General legal matters

1. Understanding these Terms of Use

What we mean: To ensure that the meaning of these Terms of Use is clear, we have listed below some of the words which we use which have specific meanings:

"Account" an online account which provides access to the Service.
the "Service" the 'knowledgescotland.org web portal' service provided by us via the password protected section of this website.
"we", "our" and "us"  the joint providers of the Service, being SRUC (a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in Scotland with registered number SC103046, having its registered office at SRUC, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG and registered as a charity in Scotland with registered number SC003712) and SAC Commercial Limited (a limited company incorporated in Scotland with registered number SC148684 and having its registered office at Peter Wilson Building, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.)
"you" you, the person who accesses and uses this website and/or the Service.
"Your Business" a sole trader, partnership or company which you own or otherwise work for.

2. Creating and accessing a knowledgescotland.org Account

How to apply: In order to access and become a registered user of knowledgescotland.org Account must first be created. The process for setting up a knowledgescotland.org account requires approval by a knowledgescotland.org administrator before the account can become available. You can apply for an account to be created by clicking on the “register” option on the website.

Refusal: We reserve the right, at our discretion, not to accept an application to create a knowledgescotland.org Account.

Accessibility: We support the Web Accessibility Initiative and are committed to making our site as accessible as possible to everyone. We welcome your comments and suggestions about how to make the Service and this website more accessible. If you are unable to access the information you require from this website, please contact us for assistance.

3. Your obligations

Restrictions on use: You must:

  • Own account: only access the knowledgescotland.org Account which has been allocated to you;

Prohibited conduct: You must not:

  • Disruption: do anything which could reasonably be expected to damage, disable, overburden, or materially impair the Service or our website generally or which is likely to interfere with any other party's use or enjoyment of the Service;
  • Unauthorised access: use the Service for the purpose of accessing any content which you should reasonably suspect you are not authorised to access; nor
  • Dispute IP: question or dispute our ownership of the intellectual property rights in the Service and this website.

Prohibited material: You are prohibited from submitting any material to us via the Service or otherwise which is or which links to or refers to any material which:

  • Objectionable: is threatening, abusive, malicious, defamatory, obscene, indecent, pornographic or otherwise sexually explicit, blasphemous, profane, intended or likely to incite racial or religious hatred, or is otherwise objectionable or offensive in any way in terms of standards prevailing from time to time in the United Kingdom;
  • Illegal: is unlawful or which encourages the commission of a criminal offence;
  • Infected: contains a virus, worm, trojan or other hostile computer program; or
  • Breaches rights: infringes any intellectual property rights or data protection rights of any third party.

Security: Your are ultimately responsible for administering and safeguarding any passwords created to control access to its Knowledgescotland.org Accounts: please keep any password issued to you secure.

4. Your data

Personal data: For information about use of personal information about you, please see our Privacy Policy.

5. Our data

Ownership of our data: All copyright, database rights, trade marks and other intellectual property rights in the Service and in this website generally are either owned by or licensed to us and nothing in these Terms of Use shall transfer any ownership rights to you.

Your right to use our data: You are permitted to retrieve and display content from this website on the device from which you initially accessed or downloaded it solely for the purpose of using the Service in accordance with these Terms of Use or for the purpose of assessing whether to obtain such services from us (and you may print copies of such content solely for these purposes.)

Restrictions on use of website content: You may not (and may not permit others to): 

  • Modification: modify any documents or related graphics obtained via this website in any way (unless we grant you written permission to do so);
  • Ownership notices: remove, obscure or otherwise disassociate any of our copyright or trade mark notices from any copies of this website's content; nor
  • Unauthorised: otherwise use any of the content from this website in any manner not expressly permitted by these Terms of Use (and for the avoidance of doubt, you must not distribute nor publicly display any content from his website for any purpose not connected with animal health planning).

Linking to this website: You may only create a link to our website homepage at https://www.knowledgescotland.org. You may not create any link to any other page of this website, nor frame it, without our prior written consent, nor may you restrict or inhibit the use or enjoyment of it by anyone else.

6. Closing and suspending knowledgescotland.org Accounts

Closure by us without cause: We reserve the right to close any knowledgescotland.org Account for any reason, by giving one weeks' notice. We may also discontinue any feature of the Service immediately without notice.

Suspension while breach is investigated: If we reasonably believe that your knowledgescotland.org Account is being used in any way which is not permitted by these Terms of Use, we reserve the right to suspend your access to the Service immediately, until the issue has been resolved to our reasonable satisfaction.

Closure on breach: If you (or any of Your Business' other personnel who have access to the Service) fail to abide by these Terms of Use, we reserve the right to immediately cancel Your Business' knowledgescotland.org Account(s) without notice.

7. Disclaimer and your liability to us

IMPORTANT: This section restricts the extent to which we are liable for any losses which may be suffered in connection with your use of the Service. It also requires Your Business to compensate us for any loss we suffer as a result of your failure to comply with these Terms of Use.

What you are liable for: You and Your Business shall be held jointly and severally liable for any reasonable costs and expenses incurred by us as a result of breach of these Terms of Use by you.

What we are liable for: We do not restrict our liability (if any) for:

  • personal injury or human deaths resulting from our negligence; 
  • fraud committed by us; nor 
  • any other matter which it would be illegal to limit or to attempt to restrict.

Exclusion of our liability: You use this website and the Service entirely at your own risk. We exclude all other liability and responsibility for any amount or kind of loss or damage arising in connection with the Service or the website generally (even if we have been advised of their possibility.) For the avoidance of doubt:

  • Errors: The information on this website is not intended to constitute professional advice. We exclude all liability for errors or omissions from information, materials or functions in or of the Service.
  • Service standard: The Service is provided "as is". We make no guarantee that the Service will be suitable for your intended use, neither do we guarantee that it will be error-free, timely, reliable, entirely secure, virus-free or available, especially since we are dependent on the reliability of the Internet and your use of your own computer to access the Service.
  • Disruptions: We will try to keep disruptions to a minimum but we may suspend the Service from time to time to carry out maintenance and support work and to investigate unauthorised use. We exclude all liability for business interruption resulting from the use or inaccessibility of the Service.
  • Third parties: We exclude liability relating to information provided by other users of the Service which you rely on or otherwise make use of. We exclude liability for misuse by third parties of information provided to other users of the Service. We also exclude liability relating to your collaboration with any third party as a result of using the Service or connected with any hyperlink on this website.
  • Indirect damage: In no event will we be liable to you for loss of profit, indirect or consequential damages.
  • Implied terms: We exclude liability for breach of any conditions implied by law (including without limitation any conditions of accuracy, security, completeness, satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose, non-infringement of proprietary rights outside the United Kingdom and the use of reasonable care and skill) which but for these Terms of Use might have effect in relation to the Service.

Time limit on claims: In the event that our liability cannot be excluded, where permitted, we shall not be liable for any claims which you fail to notify us of within 12 months of your first knowledgescotland.org Account being created.

8. General legal matters

Entire agreement: These Terms of Use describe the entire agreement between you, Your Business and us regarding the Service, and supersede any prior understandings or agreements. The headings are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction or interpretation of these Terms of Use.

Changes to this contract: We reserve the right to change these Terms of Use from time to time and therefore we may impose new or different Terms of Use on your use of the Service. These additional terms will be posted here on this website and will be effective immediately. Your continued use of the Service will be deemed to constitute acceptance by Your Business and you of all of the new terms. These Terms of Use may not otherwise be changed without our written consent.

Unsolicited email: You agree not to send unsolicited e-mails for the purposes of advertising or market research to the e-mail addresses provided on this website.

Transfer of rights & obligations: We shall be entitled to transfer our rights and/or obligations under these Terms of Use to another party. Neither you nor Your Business may transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms of Use without our written consent.

Waiver and severability: If either you or we ignore any breach of these Terms of Use, it doesn't mean that any further breach cannot be enforced. Similarly, if any part of these Terms of Use turn out to be invalid or unenforceable for some reason, then it will be replaced with a provision which, as far as possible, achieves the same purpose as the original, and the remainder of the agreement will still be binding.

Resolving disputes: These Terms of Use shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with Scots law. If any party wants to take court proceedings in relation to the Service, it must do so in Scotland. You are responsible for compliance with any applicable laws of the country from which you use or otherwise access the Service.
We recommend that you print out a copy of these Terms of Use for your future reference.