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’.
On this page
This accessibility statement applies to University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Division website – www.medsci.ox.ac.uk.
This website is run by Medical Sciences Divisional Office Communications and Web team. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 200% 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)
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We are aware that some parts of our website are not fully accessible. These include:
- Not all images have a meaningful text alternative
- Some images include text as part of the image
- Some text and images have low contrast levels
- Not all page titles are unique or clearly indicate the page’s topic or purpose
- Some link text isn’t meaningful out of context
- Some links to external sites open in a new browser window and some open in the same browser window
- Some audio content is not accompanied by audio description or text alternative
- Some video content does not have fully synchronised captions
- Some video content that contains visual information is not accompanied by audio description or text alternative
- Some video or animation content may contain content that flashes more than three times a second
- You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
- When CSS styling is removed from some page, the content may not be in logical order
- There are instances of headings being used incorrectly, disrupting page hierarchy
- Some pages use shape, size, colour, or location to communicate instructions or information
- Older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
We are working to address areas where our accessibility needs improvement. Please see our 'Known issues' page for more details.
Feedback and Contact Information
If you need information on this website in a different format, please email the Medical Sciences Divisional Office Communications and Web Team or write to us at:
Medical Sciences Office
Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital
We will consider your request and get back to you in 14 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 email the Medical Sciences Divisional Office Communications and Web Team or write to us at:Communications Team
Medical Sciences Office
Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital
Other accessibility resources
If you'd like more information about accessibility and resources for students, staff and visitors in Oxford more generally, please visit the University of Oxford's Equality and Diversity pages.
If you're looking for information on building accessibility, please try the Access Guide or the University's interactive map.
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 Medical Sciences Division, 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.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliance and exemptions listed on our 'Known Issues page'.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We want to provide the best possible experience for all our website visitors. To achieve this we will:
- Fix known issues
- Check all new features in the Haiku Content Management System (CMS), which is used to create this website, for accessibility before they are made available
- Check all new content for accessibility
- Train all content editors on accessibility
- Carry out periodic accessibility checks
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 17 August 2020. It was last reviewed on 21 September 2020.
This website was last tested in June 2020. The test was carried out by the Medical Sciences Divisional Office Communications & Web team using a carefully chosen sample of pages and content types. The CMS has been audited for accessibility by the suppliers and the Medical Sciences Division Web Team.
The pages were checked manually using a combination of the following methods:
- Checked against WCAG 2.1 guidelines, with a focus on the items in the Gov.uk’s WCAG 2.1 Primer Checklist.
- Viewed without style sheets
- Viewed on a small screen
- Checked using the WebAim’s Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool