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Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the University of Exeter website ("the website") published on these domains:


It does not currently apply to project sites or blogs hosted at,, or

This website is run by the University of Exeter. 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 170% 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 JAWSNVDA and VoiceOver)

Help with navigating and changing the site’s appearance

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. You can also use our library’s Sensus Access tool to convert documents or webpages into audio files, braille, accessible PDFs and ebooks.

How accessible this website is

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

  • The colour contrast on some page elements is not sufficient to be easily discernible for all users
  • You can't zoom in up to 400% without text disappearing off the screen
  • Some of our oldest pages are not responsive, so you can’t zoom in without text spilling off the screen
  • You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • Some of our pages and online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • Some cookie banners are not accessible using a keyboard
  • Some older pages you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • Some pages, forms and search fields are difficult to access using a screen reader
  • Some links are missing alternative text
  • The purpose of some links cannot be determined from the link text or its context alone
  • Some pages are missing headings which makes them more difficult to navigate
  • Some subject websites, such as, don’t currently have site maps
  • Some video and audio content may not have captions, transcriptions, or audio descriptions
  • Some PDFs (Portable Document Formats) and other documents are not fully compatible with screen readers
  • WAI-ARIA tags are not used consistently throughout the site
  • On some pages, you can’t pause or hide animations

Feedback and contact information

If you:

  • experience problems whilst using assistive software to access our site,
  • need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF or Word document, audio recording or braille
  • have any other feedback

Please contact the digital team at

In your message, please include any of the following:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your email address and name
  • the format you need.

Our Contact page lists other departments you can call for information.

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 the digital team -

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 accessibility-related issue, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Find out how to contact us, visit us, or view access guides for key buildings.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Exeter is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible Content - non compliance with regulations

Images on some pages do not always have suitable image descriptions. Users of assistive technologies may not have access to information conveyed in images. (WCAG 1.1.1)

Some microsite homepages and gateway pages are missing headings, which makes them difficult to read. (WCAG 1.3.1)

Some tables are missing clearly defined headers so are inaccessible to people using a screen reader. (WCAG 1.3.1)

Some of our pages have poor colour contrast. This may make it difficult to see the content properly. (WCAG 1.4.1)

Link text in some parts of the site is identified only by colour, so may not be discernible for users with vision or cognitive disabilities. (WCAG 1.4.1)
Some of our oldest pages are not responsive, so users can’t zoom in without text disappearing off the screen, and column widths don’t adapt to fit the screen size. (WCAG 1.4.10)

On the ‘Research Ethics and Governance’ page it is not possible to navigate without using a mouse. (WCAG 2.1.1)

Some iframes are missing ‘title’ attributes and some of our scrolling image galleries are missing ‘role’ attributes. (WCAG 2.4.1)

On some of our funding award webpages there are no page titles. (WCAG 2.4.2)

Some buttons do not contain clear descriptive labels. (WCAG 2.4.2)

Some of our in-house forms contain checkboxes with empty <label> tags, or <label> tags that aren’t connected to an element. (WCAG 2.4.2)

Multiple inline frames on some webpages have the same text alternative. (WCAG 2.4.2)

Not all links have unique or descriptive names, the same link text in some cases used for multiple different destinations. Users may not be able to determine the purpose of each link from the link text. (WCAG 2.4.4)

Some link text that identifies the purpose of the link needs additional context. (WCAG 2.4.9)

Some pages do not have a valid language attribute. (WCAG 3.1.1)

There are HTML markup errors and duplicate IDs are used across the website. (WCAG 4.1.1)

Some pages had image sliders which interfered with the ability of screen readers to read out the text on the page. This meant that the content didn't make sense to people using screen readers. (WCAG 5.2.5)

Not all videos have an audio, text, captions or closed caption description of information that is only presented visually. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterions 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Pre-recorded), 1.2.2 Captions (Pre-recorded), 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Pre-recorded) and 1.2.5 Audio Description (Pre-recorded). We plan to resolve this by July 2023.

Disproportionate burden

At this current time, we have not made any disproportionate burden claims.

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

Archived websites

Our archived websites are those that are no longer being updated and do not contain information that is essential for accessing our services. These have not been included in our accessibility plans because they are exempt.


We do not plan to update content on our intranet server published before 23 September 2019 because this is exempt from meeting the regulations. If we make any major revisions to this content we will ensure these are accessible in line with our plans described in the Non-compliance section of this statement.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Online maps

We will try and ensure online maps are as accessible as possible, but online maps are currently exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

PDFs and other documents

We understand that the accessibility regulations don't 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.

However, if you need information in an alternative format, please contact us on:

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

T4 upgrade

In 2023, we are set to initiate a Web Transformation initiative as an integral component of the University's Digital Strategy. This endeavor involves substantial efforts to enhance the accessibility of our website, ensuring that any issues not promptly addressed are duly incorporated into the corresponding facets of program delivery.

The overarching goal of the project is to enhance user satisfaction by refining the clarity, simplicity, speed, and accessibility of our digital products and services.

Acting upon insights from SiteImprove

We use SiteImprove and Axe browser extension to monitor our website content and address issues as they arise. We are urgently working to fix any content which fails to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. We will update this page when issues are fixed.

Creating training and resources

We are developing training for university staff who edit the website on how to meet accessibility requirements. We have also created a new digital resource website to support staff, students and third parties with creating accessible digital content.

Scrutinising publication of PDFs

We do not publish without scrutiny any PDF published on the website. Instead, we consider first whether the content proposed in the PDF could be published as an HTML webpage, making it inherently more accessible.

If that is not possible, we ensure that the PDF is fully accessible. We have published information on our support site about creating accessible PDFs.

Third-party content

The site also contains a range of third-party content and functionality. This may direct you to a related service, or partner we work with. We are reviewing all such functionality and intend to work with suppliers to make that fully accessible or look for alternative solutions.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 11 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 13 November 2023. Next reivew 13 Decemeber 2023.

This website was last tested on 1 November 2023. The test was carried out using the SiteImprove web accessibility tool and the Axe browser extension. All pages at were included in the test.

All non-archived pages were included in the previous test on 1 November 2023.

Update: November 2023

We have made progress on most of the issues above since the last test in November 2023. Due to a requirement to migrate the website to a new content management system, we have had to change the projected completion dates for fully resolving some of the issues. We will continue to monitor progress and update this statement regularly in 2023 and 2024.

October 2023

Colour contrast does not meet minimum requirement

  • Fixed: Adjusted color contrast to meet minimum requirements.

Page missing a title

  • Fixed: Added a title to the page.

Element IDs are not unique

  • Fixed: Ensured unique IDs for all elements.

September 2023

Page language not recognized

  • Fixed: Identified and set the page language.

Page language has not been identified

  • Improved: Implemented language identification for the page.

Keyboard focus indicator is missing

  • Improved: Added a keyboard focus indicator for better accessibility.

Link missing a text alternative

  • Fixed: Added a text alternative to the link.

Role not inside the required context

  • Fixed: Ensured that roles are placed within the required context.

August 2023

Container element is empty

  • Fixed: Populated the container element.

Role with implied hidden content has keyboard focus

  • Improved: Addressed keyboard focus for roles with implied hidden content.

Image missing a text alternative

  • Fixed: Added a text alternative to the image.

Empty headings

  • Fixed: Removed or populated empty headings.

July 2023

Button missing a text alternative

  • Fixed: Provided a text alternative for the button.

Some roles are invalid

  • Fixed: Corrected invalid roles.

June 2023

Required ARIA attribute is missing

  • Fixed: Added the required ARIA attribute.

Links are not clearly identifiable

  • Improved: Enhanced link identification for clarity.

May 2023

Hidden element has focusable content

  • Fixed: Made hidden elements non-focusable or appropriately managed focus.

Form field missing a label

  • Fixed: Added labels to form fields.

Visible label and accessible name do not match

  • Improved: Ensured consistency between visible labels and accessible names.

April 2023

Decorative image is exposed to assistive technologies

  • Improved: Marked decorative images appropriately for assistive technologies.

Table header cell is missing a header role

  • Fixed: Added the header role to table header cells.

No data cells assigned to table header

  • Fixed: Assigned data cells to table headers.

March 2023

Table cell missing context

  • Fixed: Provided context for table cells.

Inline frame missing a text alternative

  • Fixed: Added a text alternative to inline frames.

Text is clipped when resized

  • Fixed: Resolved text clipping when the page is resized.

February 2023

Content language not recognized

  • Fixed: Identified and set the content language.

Multiple inline frames with the same text alternative

  • Fixed: Ensured unique text alternatives for inline frames.

Page language tags don't match

  • Fixed: Ensured consistency in page language tags.

January 2023

Scrollable element is not keyboard accessible

  • Improved: Enhanced keyboard accessibility for scrollable elements.

Table headers aren't referenced correctly

  • Fixed: Corrected references for table headers.

Page zoom is restricted

  • Improved: Removed restrictions on page zoom.

Image file name is not an appropriate text alternative

  • Improved: Used a more appropriate text alternative for the image file name.