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’.

The AfOx website was established to achieve AfOx’s aim to facilitate equitable research collaborations between researchers based in African institutions and the University of Oxford. The website hosts information about AfOx programmes such as Fellowships and Travel Grant schemes, hosts a researcher database, and research stories.

This accessibility statement applies to the University of Oxford, Africa Oxford Initiative website – http://www.afox.ox.ac.uk/.

This website is run by the Africa Oxford Initiative 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:

  • Navigation focus
  • Links and text in highlighted boxes do not have enough contrast against the background colour.
  • Not all images have a meaningful text alternative.
  • Some images include text as part of the image.
  • Some images behave differently with some enlarging when clicked on while others do not.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The audio content is not accompanied by an audio description or text alternative
  • Video content does not have fully synchronised captions
  • Some video or animation content may contain content that flashes more than three times a second
  • Some video content that contains visual information is not accompanied by audio description or text alternative
  • When CSS styling is removed from some pages, the content may not be in logical order
  • When CSS styling is removed from some pages, dynamic content may lose some of the functionality
  • Some pages use shape, size, colour, or location to communicate instructions or information
  • Older Word and PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

We are in the process of developing a new website that will meet the robust accessibility criteria. 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 us:

Email: afox@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Post: Africa Oxford Initiative, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Peter Medawar Building, South Parks Road, Oxford Ox1 3SY

We will consider your request and get back to you within 14 days.

If you cannot view the map on our home page, call or email us for directions.

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:

Email:afox@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Post: Africa Oxford Initiative, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Peter Medawar Building, South Parks Road, Oxford Ox1 3SY

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 Africa Oxford Initiative, 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’.

Known Issues

Issues with video, images and audio

Video:

  • Not all video content has a transcript, making the content inaccessible to users who cannot see. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1. 
  • Not all video content has captions that are synchronised to the audio content of the video, making them inaccessible to people who cannot hear. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.2.  
  • Not all video content has audio descriptions of important visual information that doesn’t have audio, making this inaccessible to people who can’t see. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5.
  • Some video or animation content may contain content that flashes more than three times a second. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.3.1. 

Images:

  • Some images do not have a meaningful text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1. 
  • Some images include text as part of the image, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.5. 

Audio: 

  • The audio only files do not have a transcript, making the content inaccessible to website users who cannot hear. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1. 

Issue with navigation, structure, links and keyboard operability 

Navigation: 

  • Not all page titles are unique and indicate the page’s topic or purpose, which can result in people with cognitive disabilities being unable to quickly orientate themselves within the site and identify the purpose of the page without interpreting its entire contents. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2. 
  • Tables do not have a table header row, making them less accessible to people using assistive technology. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1. 
  • Not all forms have labels indicating the purpose of the field that they relate to, which can result in people with reading difficulties having problems understanding the purpose of the content and users of screen readers being unable to easily navigate the form.  

Structure: 

  • Not all headings are hierarchical, making the site more difficult for users of assistive technology such as screen readers to access. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1.  
  • Heading have on occasion been used to highlight information rather than for headings, making the site more difficult for users of assistive technology to use. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 and 2.4.6. 

Links: 

  • Some links do not use text that is meaningful out of context, which can result in users of screen readers not being able to understand the link without reading the surrounding text and users of speech recognition software being less able to target links accurately using voice commands. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4. 
  • Some links to external sites open in a new browser window while some open in the same browser window making the site behaviour unpredictable, which 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. 
  • The colour of the link text does not meet the minimum contrast requirements against the background. This can limit the site’s accessibility for people with low vision, poor eyesight or colour blindness. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion on 1.4.3.

Keyboard operability: 

  • Carousels do not have obvious controls for users to stop the auto-rotate, which can cause people with cognitive disability that affect focus and concentration to be distracted making the site less accessible. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.2. 
  • Some menus, links, buttons, and other controls cannot be operated using the keyboard alone, which can cause problems for people who are blind, have low vision and/or hand tremors. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1. 

Issues with contrast, use of colour and visual characteristics  

  • Some elements have low contrast levels (e.g. links), which can result in text being difficult to read, especially for people with low vision, poor eyesight or colour blindness. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.3. 
  • Some pages use colour as the sole way to convey important information, which means that users who cannot see colour are unable to perceive the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.1. 
  • Some pages use visual characteristics (shape, size, colour or location) to communicate instructions, which means that users who are unable to see or recognise information communicated using sensory characteristics are unable to perceive that information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.3. 

Issues with language and content 

  • Where the language of all or part of a page isn’t English this isn’t defined in the html, which can result in screen readers being unable to correctly read the text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1 and 3.1.2. 
  • The line height, spacing between paragraphs and letter and word spacing cannot be changed without loss of content or functionality. This means that people with low vision, dyslexia or cognitive disabilities may struggle to read the text, or lose content or functionality if  
  • When using mobile or tablet devices, it may not be possible to dismiss or interact with some extra content (i.e. pop-up images) without moving focus, losing functionality, or it disappearing. This may cause problems for disabled or sight impaired users as pop-up content may be accidentally triggered or pop-up content may not stay on the screen. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.13. 

Issues with documents, including Word files, PowerPoints, PDFs 

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

Documents that are essential to the service we provide will be either converted to HTML pages or replaced with accessible versions by September 2021.  

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

AfOx is currently in the process of developing a new website that will be fully accessible and compliant with WCAG AA rules, with estimated date of completion: 31 January 2021.

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.

Content that’s 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 often create content which 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.

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By September 2021, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

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 is all internal announcements and external news stories published prior to 23 September 2018, but which have not since been updated.

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:

  • create a new website which will be checked for accessibility before it is launched
  • Train all content editors on accessibility
  • Carry out periodic accessibility checks

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020.

This website was last tested in August 2020. The test was carried out by AfOx Web team using a carefully chosen sample of pages and content types. The CMS has been audited for accessibility by the suppliers and the AfOx 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 uk’sWCAG 2.1 Primer Checklist.  
  • Viewed on a small screen

Checked using the WebAim’s Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

 

© 2018
The Africa Oxford Initiative
Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health
The Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3SY
United Kingdom

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