The University of Oxford is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives members of the public and members of the University community full access to University information, courses and activities offered publicly through the web. Our Equality Policy outlines our commitment to a culture which ‘maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected’.
In order to ensure that all of our visitors can use our website, these pages aim to meet Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.1. This includes elements such as:
- Alt text for all images and providing non-visual alternatives where appropriate
- All essential audiovisual information is captioned, described as necessary or provided in alternative formats
- Content can be navigated with just a keyboard or speech recognition tools
- The website can be used with a screen reader
- Content is structured, ordered and labelled appropriately
Guidance is available for editors and moderators of this site to help them maintain accessibility standards.
How accessible this website is
We are aware that some parts of our website are not fully accessible. These include:
- Some older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
- Some form inputs don’t magnify or zoom appropriately
- Although all audio on videos is captioned, some multimedia content doesn’t yet have audio or text description
- You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
We are working to address areas where our accessibility needs improvement. Please see 'Technical information' below and our known issues page for more details.
Making changes to your device or system
AbilityNet has advice on making your devices easier to use if you have a disability. In addition, major operating systems produce the following guidance:
Information in alternative formats
The Accessible Resources Acquisition and Creation Unit (ARACU), who are part of the Bodleian Libraries, offer alternative formats for pages on this website for students referred by the Disability Advisory Services. They produce materials in electronic text (RTF document fully structured and with XML tags for navigation) and DAISY 2.02 human voice audio. Both products can be sent out physically (DVD) or via file transfer. They can also produce Braille documents. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
Reporting issues with website accessibility
If you have any other questions or concerns about this statement or the accessibility of any of our webpages, please contact the webmaster at email@example.com.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Other accessibility resources
If you’d like more information about accessibility and resources for students, staff and visitors in Oxford more generally, please visit our Equality and Diversity pages.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The University of Oxford is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. As part of this commitment, we are required to publish known issues with our website.
The websites we cover (see ‘How we tested this website’) are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed on our known issues page.
How we tested this website
This website was last tested over a number of months leading up to 30 August 2019. The test was carried out internally, using a quality assurance tool across all pages as well as a manual check of a substantial and carefully chosen sample of pages and content types. We continue to review the site on a monthly basis to check new content.
- our main website, available at www.ox.ac.uk
- campaign microsites managed by the Public Affairs Directorate, available at www.research.ox.ac.uk, www.schwarzmancentre.ox.ac.uk
Other sites within our domain
The University of Oxford’s web estate consists of many related sub-sites with the ox.ac.uk domain, including various divisions and departments, museums and libraries, administrative sites and more. Accessibility statements for such sub-sites will be found locally on each site.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We want our website to offer the best experience possible for all of our users. In addition to our plan to fix known issues, we continue to work on website content and structure. We are working with our suppliers to fix issues and think about future developments. We are also updating the ways in which we provide training and best practice to those working on our website.
This statement was prepared on 20 September 2019. It was last updated on 20 September 2019.