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 of Oxford'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’.

The following accessibility statement applies to University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations website – www.politics.ox.ac.uk.

Our aims

In order to ensure that all of our visitors can use our website, we aim to meet Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.1.

Our current website, which uses the Joomla! CMS, limits our ability to deliver this web accessibility standard, therefore we are currently investing in and developing a new website, which we plan to launch no later than April 2021. We are committed to making sure that this new website delivers Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.1, which includes elements such as:

  • Alt text for all images and providing non-visual alternatives where appropriate
  • All essential audio-visual information is captioned, described as necessary or provided in alternative formats
  • Content can be navigated with just a keyboard or speech recognition tools
  • The website can be used with a screen reader
  • Content is structured, ordered and labelled appropriately

Making changes to your device or system

AbilityNet has advice on making your devices easier to use if you have a disability. In addition, major operating systems produce the following guidance:

How accessible this website is

We are aware that substantial elements of our website are not fully accessible. These include:

  • Descriptive alt text is unavailable for images
  • Some older videos do not have subtitles available
  • When older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software, web accessible versions of the text may not always be available 
  • Some web links are not adequately descriptive or specific
  • Text could be improved for readability 

We are working to address areas where our accessibility needs improvement, and are currently investing in and developing a new website, which we plan to launch no later than April 2021. We are committed to making sure that this new website delivers Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.1

Feedback and Contact Information

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact comms@politics.ox.ac.uk. We will consider your request and get back to you within 14 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our current website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact comms@politics.ox.ac.uk.

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 for Manor Road Building (where the Department is based) 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 Department of Politics and International Relations, 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. You can read more about our known issues below.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We want our website to offer the best experience possible for all of our users. In addition to our plan to fix known issues, we continue to work on website content and structure. We are working with our suppliers to fix issues and think about future developments. We are also updating the ways in which we provide web editor web accessibility training.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was updated on 14 October 2020.

100 essential pages of our website were externally audited in July 2020 and we continue to apply the recommendations to the wider site, as far as our current CMS allows. We continue to review the site and our website accessibility training for website editors.

Accessibility Known Issues

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

Issue with navigation, structure, links and keyboard operability

Navigation:

  • Not all input forms have labels indicating the purpose of the field that they relate to, and not all forms labels are correctly associated with a form control, 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.

We are building a new website over the coming months, which will solve these issues.

Issues with documents, including Word files, PowerPoints, PDFs

  • Many of the documents (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 be converted to HTML pages or replaced with accessible versions when we launch our new website.

Issues with Content Management System (CMS)

The Joomla! CMS code is at end-of-life and we are investing in a new Drupal website, which will be developed with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard in mind.

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:

  • Vimeo and YouTube videos
  • Sound Cloud audio files
  • Google maps
  • Mailchimp forms

We will provide an accessible alternative to any third-party content that isn’t compliant.

Third party platforms
We often create content which is hosted on third party platforms. This includes:

  • content we create for social media
  • audio/video content 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 & PDF)

This site has a number of Word and PDF documents which were published before September 2018. These aren’t essential to the service we provide and won’t be replaced. If you experience any difficulties accessing these documents, please email comms@politics.ox.ac.uk

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:

  • Continue to make link text descriptive and specific, on the existing website
  • Continue to revise and edit web text to improve readability for screenreaders
  • Check all new content for accessibility
  • Train all content editors on accessibility
  • Carry out periodic quality control accessibility checks
  • Ensure that our new CMS and website is developed with web accessibility in mind, and that the new website reaches Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.