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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 (updated November 2021).

Introduction

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 (https://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/).

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 parts of our website may still not be fully accessible. These include the following issues:

  • 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
  • PDF and Word documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software

We are continuing to work 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 mostly 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.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 17 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 03 November 2021.

This website was last audited in October 2021. 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:

Email: communications@mpls.ox.ac.uk

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