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This pages gives details of the accessibility issues we are aware of for the MPLS Divisional website (updated 03 November 2021).

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The content listed below is non-accessible for reasons that are explained at each point.

Content issues

The issues listed below can be fixed by MPLS Division’s website editors. To the best of our knowledge, all other content issues have been addressed, but please contact us if you find issues that have not been resolved.



  • Adjacent links in a list of links are still sometimes duplicated, leading to possible confusion for users of screen reader software. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4.

We are working to eliminate the remaining duplicate links.

  • Some links to external sites open in a new browser window and some open in the same browser window. This makes the site behaviour unpredictable and can result in the site being less accessible for people with some cognitive disabilities and people who use screen readers. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2.

We are working to ensure that all links to external websites open in the same browser window.


Issues with contrast, use of colour and visual characteristics

  • Underlined, justified or capitalised text may be present. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.8.

We are working to remove remaining instances of underlined and justified text.


Issues with documents, including Word files, PowerPoints and PDFs

  • Many of the documents (Word, PowerPoint and PDF) on this site do not meet accessibility standards, which could result in them not being fully accessible to users of screen readers.

Almost all the documents that are essential to the service we provide have now been converted to HTML pages or replaced with accessible versions. We are continuing to work to convert the few remaining documents.

CMS issues

Our website developers have been working to implement solutions to CMS issues that affect accessibility.

Please see the Haiku Knowledge Base page on accessibility for a list of issues that are resolved or still in progress. If you find any CMS issues not listed here, please contact us using the details at the end of this page.

Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Third party content

Our site includes third party content and functionality. This may direct you to a related service, link to another site or supporting documentation. We are not responsible for the accessibility of third-party content or to other sites we link to.

This includes:

  • YouTube videos
  • Sound Cloud audio files
  • Google maps


Third party platforms

We may create content that is hosted on third party platforms. This includes:

  • content we create for social media
  • video which we host on YouTube, SoundCloud or Vimeo
  • data we supply to national databases

We are responsible for ensuring the content we supply meets accessibility requirements; however, we are not responsible for the accessibility of the platform itself.


Documents (Word and PDF)

This site has a number of Word and PDF documents, including ones that were published before September 2018. We have made efforts to provide alternative webpage content for nearly all of these documents. If you experience any difficulties accessing any documents on our website, please contact us using the details at the end of this page.


Video and audio content

This site has pre-recorded audio and video content that was published before 23 September 2020, which is exempt from the accessibility regulations.


Archived content

This site contains archived content, which is exempt from the accessibility regulations. The archived content consists of all internal announcements, blog posts and external news stories published prior to 23 September 2018, but which have not since been updated.


If you wish to contact us about anything to do with website accessibility, please contact the MPLS Divisional Office Communications Team:


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