Accessibility Statement for Political Settlements Research Programme Website

Website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

This accessibility statement applies to www.politicalsettlements.org.

This website is run by Political Settlements Research Programme team in the School of Law on behalf of The University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this application. 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
  • experience no time limit upon use

Customising the website

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible:
AbilityNet – My Computer My Way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website using your browser settings to make it easier to read and navigate:
Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of University staff or a student, you can use the free SensusAccess accessible document conversion service:
Information on SensusAccess

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • It may be difficult to use this site with screen readers
  • Access to all content may not be possible by using the keyboard alone, with the point of navigation not immediately clear, and the main menu subheadings not navigable by keyboard
  • Not all PDF documents are fully accessible
  • Not all videos have transcripts or captions
  • Some interactive content is not fully accessible, including our interactive infographics
  • Not all colour contrasts meet the recommended Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard
  • Images on pages do not always have alternative text, although some are purely decorative
  • Some heading elements are inconsistent and out of order
  • Italics is used in referencing
  • Many links are set to open in new windows

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, including accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille, please contact the Political Settlements Research Programme:

We will consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are 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, please contact the Political Settlements Research Programme:

We will consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly:
Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:
Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service
contactSCOTLAND-BSL runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
contactSCOTLAND-BSL service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites and applications 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 (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items do not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

We aim to improve our website’s accessibility on a regular and continuous basis. See the section below (‘What we’re doing to improve accessibility’) on how we are improving our site accessibility.

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

At this time we do not believe there is any content that is not within the scope of the regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted. Where issues are within our direct control, we will work to provide a significant improvement by December 2020 and aim to resolve all issues by June 2021. We will prioritise the issues we have identified with the use of keyboard navigation, the use of screen readers, and PDF and video accessibility with the aim of resolving these as quickly as possible.

We have completed testing using automated tools and partial manual testing. This website is on a waiting list for full manual testing by December 2021, and we will update this statement accordingly with the results and aim to resolve issues as quickly as possible.

While we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues, or where we are unable, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged. As changes are made, we will continue to review accessibility and retest the accessibility of this website.

Improvements to date (September 2020):

  • We increased colour contrast between font and background colours throughout the site for text and hyperlinks. There are still a few areas where contrast does not meet minumum standards, but we are working to resolve this as soon as possible.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 16 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 30 September 2020.

This website was tested by the Political Settlements Research Programme in September 2020, primarily using Firefox and Chrome browsers. We carried out automated testing using WAVE WebAim as well as partial manual testing.

We tested a sample of pages that represent most of the various page formats found on this website, including Home, About, Publications Database, Infographics, News, and Covid-19.

We tested:

  • Scaling using different resolutions
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour)
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only
  • Use with assistive software e.g Read&Write
  • Text alternatives for any non-text content