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Website Accessibility Statement

This statement applies to the Department of Statistics primary website at www.stats.ox.ac.uk.  

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’.

Our aims

In order to ensure that all of our visitors can use our website, these pages aim to meet Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.1. This includes elements such as: 

  • Alt text for all images and providing non-visual alternatives where appropriate 
  • All essential audiovisual 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 

Guidance is available for editors and moderators of this site to help them maintain accessibility standards.

How accessible this website is

We are aware that some parts of our website are not fully accessible. These include: 

  • Some older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software 
  • Some form inputs don’t magnify or zoom appropriately 
  • Multimedia content doesn’t yet have audio or text description 
  • You cannot always modify the line height or spacing of text 
  • Some images do not have alt text 
  • Pages are not fully navigable by keyboard 
  • The layout of some pages cause difficulty for screenreaders 
  • Not all elements of the website are appropriately labelled 

We are working to address areas where our accessibility needs improvement.

Mathematical Documents and Videos

Documents containing mathematical content (such as lecture notes, worksheets, working papers or reading group materials) are usually provided as PDF output, which has been created from a LaTeX source code.  Making mathematical PDF documents suitable for a screen reader is problematic, so where appropriate we provide the LaTeX source code to individual staff and students, if that will better address their needs. 

Provision of closed-captioning for video material (e.g. lecture capture content) in advance is not done due to the disproportionate cost, however discussions are had where there is a need for our students or staff and appropriate arrangements and adjustments agreed. 

More information about some of the challenges and approaches to creating accessible mathematical documents are available on this LMS Mathematics and Accessibility page.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you encounter accessibility issues and would prefer to receive content in an alternative format, please contact webmaster@stats.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 or the University’s interactive map. 

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 training and best practice to those working on our website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 23 September 2020.