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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’.

This accessibility statement applies to the University of Oxford, Oxford Stem Cell Institute (OsCi) website - https://www.stemcells.ox.ac.uk/.

Our Aims

This website is run by the Oxford Stem Cell Institute's Communication's Officer and the Nuffield Department of Medicine 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 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)

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.
  • Not all content structure that is communicated visually available to assistive technologies.
  • When styling is removed, the content is not always in a logic order.
  • Some images include text as part of the image.
  • Some images use colour to convey some information.
  • Some text is presented in image format.
  • The page content does not resize to a single column with no horizontal and vertical scrolling.
  • Not all important graphical objects, interface components, and states have a colour contrast of 3:1.
  • Line height, spacing between paragraphs and letter and word spacing can’t be changed without breaking anything.
  • Menus, links, buttons, and other controls be operated by keyboard partially (with iteration by Tab).
  • Blocks of links and other interactive elements can be partially bypassed by keyboard users (with iteration by Tab).
  • The website does not have search feature as a way of finding content.
  • Links have different actions i.e. some links to external sites open in a new browser window while other links open in the same browser window.
  • Older Word and 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 contact the Oxford Stem Cell Institute's Communications Officer:

Email: olga.perestenko@ludwig.ox.ac.uk

Post:

Olga Perestenko
University of Oxford
Old Road Campus Research Building
Old Road Campus
Headington
Oxford OX3 7DQ

We will consider your request and get back to you within 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, contact:

Olga Perestenko
University of Oxford
Old Road Campus Research Building
Old Road Campus
Headington
Oxford OX3 7DQ

olga.perestenko@ludwig.ox.ac.uk 

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

If you’re looking for information on building accessibility, please try the Access Guide or the University’s interactive map.

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 Stem Cell Institute, 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 section.

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’.

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
  • Train all content editors on accessibility
  • Check all new content on the Nuffield Department of Medicine site for accessibility
  • Carry out periodic accessibility checks

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 5 December 2020. It was last reviewed on 7 December 2020.

This website was last tested on 5 December 2020. The test was carried out by the Oxford Stem Cell Institute's Communications Officer using a carefully chosen sample of pages and content types. The CMS has been audited for accessibility by the suppliers and the Oxford Stem Cell Institute's Communications Officer.

This approach was used to determine the sample pages to be tested.

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.