Accessibility Statement

Web Accessibility – using our Science Oxford website

This accessibility statement applies to our website

This website is run by The Oxford Trust. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. We’ve also made the text as simple as possible to understand and updated the colours, contrast levels and font sizes so they are easier to read.

You should be able to do things like:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible, but we are working with our web developers to improve this over time. In particular, we know that you may encounter:

  • the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • some PDF and office documents are not fully formatted to be accessible to screen reader software
  • some videos may not have closed captions or transcripts
  • some of our online forms and menus are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • there’s a limit to how far you can magnify some images
  • some images may not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format:

Email [email protected]

Call 01865 810000

If you cannot view the Google map on our ‘Visiting’ pages, call or email us for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: [email protected]. We will respond in no more than 10 working days but hope to do it more quickly in most cases.

Enforcement procedure

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Oxford Trust is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

Navigation and accessing information

  • there’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header
  • it’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content
  • it’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping

Interactive tools and transactions

  • some interactive forms may be difficult to navigate using a keyboard
  • some of our public visit ticketing pages are built and hosted through third party software in Eventbrite

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal.

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

  • working with our web developers to ensure all our websites are accessible
  • implementing accessibility training within the Communications team
  • raising general accessibility awareness across the organisation
  • investigating how we can fix our PDF documents and videos
  • we plan to add text alternatives for all images
  • creating an Accessibility Resources web page in partnership with local groups

Preparation of this accessibility statement

Our website was updated and this statement was prepared on 31st March 2021.