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Edinburgh Research Explorer Web Accessibility

Accessibility statement for Edinburgh Research Explorer Website - https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/

Website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

The Edinburgh Research Explorer Website is hosted and owned by the University of Edinburgh.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, this means you should be able to:

  • Magnify content up to 200%
  • experience no time limits to content
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • There is no scrolling, flashing or moving text
  • No information is conveyed in colour or sound only
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

 

Customising the website

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

AbilityNet - My computer my way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of the University staff or a student you can use the free Sensus Access accessible document conversion service.

SenusAccess Information

 

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers
  • The font size is very small in places
  • It is not possible to use the browser settings to customise all background colours
  • sometimes it can be hard to tell where you have navigated to by keyboard
  • some colour contrasts do not meet recommended guidance
  • some non-text content does not have text alternatives
  • some links open new windows without warning the user
  • tooltips are not enabled for all icons

 

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille please contact the website team:

By emailing: 

pure@ed.ac.uk

Or by contacting the Information Services Helpline

By using their online contact form: IS Online Contact Form

Or by phoning

(44) 0131 651 5151

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

 

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 please let us know by contacting:

By emailing:

pure@ed.ac.uk

Or by contacting the Information Services Helpline

By using their online contact form:

IS Online Contact Form

Or by phoning:

(44) 0131 651 5151

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

 

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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly.

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:

Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

 

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

British Sign Language Scotland runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates from 8am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week. 

British Sign Language Scotland service details

 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

When an accessibility issue is identified with the website we will seek to resolve the issue as soon as possible. While investigation is underway, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no disabled user is disadvantaged

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:

 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1

Non accessible content

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

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

Unless specified otherwise, wherever possible a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place by January 2021 where the issues are within our control. We are planning a complete revision of the site including fixing accessibility issues before the end of 2020.

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix. 

Content that's not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

At this stage we have not identified any content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations.

 

How we tested this website

This website was last tested in July 2020. The website was tested by the University of Edinburgh’s Disability Information Officer on a PC using Internet Explorer (11.0.9600.19236) browser and also using the automated Webaim WAVE tool. Internet Explorer was chosen as the browser due to it being the most commonly used browser by disabled people as shown in the government survey: the Government Assistive Technology Browser Survey

Browsers Chrome and Edge were also used for testing

We tested:

  • Spellcheck functionality
  • Data validation
  • Scaling using different screen resolutions
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour etc.)
  • Keyboard navigation and how clear it was to see where you had navigated too
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only
  • Flashing, scrolling or moving text
  • Operability if Javascript is disabled
  • Use with screen reading software (eg. JAWS)
  • Assistive Software such as TextHelp Read and Write, and Zoomtext
  • Tooltips and text alternatives for any non-text content
  • Time limits

 

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to work with the website developers to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround and correct issues directly where they are under our control.

We will continue to monitor the website and carry out further accessibility testing if significant changes are made or if a service user raises an issue. To plan to resolve the issues that are within our control and which have been identified above by January 2021. We are planning a complete revision of the site including fixing accessibility issues before the end of 2020.

Whilst we attempt to resolve these issues, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged.

 

Information Services and accessibility

Information Services (IS) has further information on accessibility including assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users.

Assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users

 

This statement was prepared on 20th July 2020. It was last updated on 10th August  2020