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This page outlines how far the MPLS website complies with disability legislation and the steps we are taking to improve accessibility.


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. The University’s 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 University of Oxford, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Divisional Website (

Our Aims

This website is run by the MPLS Divisional Office Communications 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 also aim to make 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 is this website at the moment?

We are aware that some aspects of our website mean that parts of it are not fully accessible. These include the following issues:

  • Not all images have a meaningful text alternative
  • Some images have embedded text as part of the image and do not have a text transcript
  • Not all page titles are unique or clearly indicate the page’s topic or purpose
  • Some link text is not meaningful out of context, or is too long, or is duplicated
  • Adjacent links in a list of links are sometimes identical
  • Some links to external sites open in a new browser window and some open in the same browser window
  • Features such as underlined text or justified text may be present
  • Some video content may not have fully synchronised captions
  • Some video content may contain visual information that 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
  • When CSS styling is removed from some pages, the content may not be in logical order
  • Some pages use shape, size, colour, or location to communicate instructions or information
  • There are contrast issues with some features such as category tags
  • Older PDF and Word documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software

We are working to address areas where our accessibility needs improvement. See the ‘Known Issues’ page.

Feedback and Contact Information

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact the MPLS Divisional Office Communications Team using the contact details at the foot of this page. We will consider your request and aim to get back to you within 14 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems not listed on our ‘Known Issues’ page, or think our website is not meeting accessibility requirements in any way, contact the MPLS Divisional Office Communications Team using the contact details at the foot of this page.

Other accessibility resources

If you would like more information about accessibility and resources for staff and students in MPLS and at the University in general, please visit the MPLS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pages

If you are 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 are 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 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) 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. See the ‘Known Issues’ page.

Disproportionate burden

We do not consider any of the accessibility issues to be a disproportionate burden and aim to make the site fully compliant by September 2021.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 17 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 17 September 2020.

This website was last audited in September 2020. The audit was carried out by the MPLS Divisional Office Communications team using a representative sample of pages and content types. The CMS has been audited for accessibility by the website developers.

For more information about our audit and progress towards compliance, please contact the MPLS Divisional Office Communications Team:


Postal address: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, 9 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PD