In keeping with our commitment to making research findings available to all and our obligations under the Equality Act, we will ensure that our website is accessible to people who have visual, hearing, motor or cognitive impairments.

As a standard, we employ all the following methods to ensure our site is accessible to as many people as possible:

  • All pages are structured so that they can be read aloud using screen readers.
  • All pictures have an alternative text description.
  • We use contrasting colours on all our data visualisations and provide the data in tabulated form alongside all graphs and charts.
  • Our stylesheets allow for text resizing using your browser settings.
  • Our stylesheets allow you to change the site colour scheme using your browser settings, ensuring it can be used by visitors who find the existing colour scheme hard to read.
  • We are committed to Plain English in all our written content.
  • Our site has been designed without the use of tables except where we need to represent normally tabulated content.
  • The website can be navigated without the use of a mouse.
  • A non-serif font is used for easier readability.
  • We do not use all-capitals for emphasis.
  • We use a hierarchy of heading markups i.e an h1 tag for main headings, h2 for secondary headings etc. which makes it easier for screen readers to work out the structure of a page.
  • Our site can be viewed in a logical order when all styling is turned off.


Helping you make your computer easier to use

To find out more about making your computer more accessible and easy to use, have a look at AbilityNet’s website. They have a range of tips and suggestions relating to accessibility issues.