This website is run by Oriel College. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- zoom in up to 300% 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 JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- the vitual tour is not useble with keyboard only navigation, and the movement cannot be paused
- slidehows on some pages cannot be paused, and the thumbnails do not have alt text
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format please contact our Website and Communications Officer:
Call: 01865 276555
We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 7 working days.
If you cannot view the map in the footer, call or email us (see the contact us page: https://www.oriel.ox.ac.uk/contact-us) for directions.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website, and a website redevelopment project is planned, which is due to be completed towards the middle of 2021. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the Website and Communications Officer by email or telephone:
Call: 01865 276555
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).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
Some areas in College have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we may be able to arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, although we cannot guarantee this.
Find out how to contact us.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Oriel College 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, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Additionally, some images on the alumni site are hidden from screen readers, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
We are reviewing the options available to fix this, however when the site is redeveloped in the summer of 2021 we will ensure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
Some slideshows on the site cannot be paused, which can make it hard for some people to engage with the content on the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.2 (pause, stop, hide).
Additionally the thumbnail images do not have text alternatives.
We are reviewing the options available to fix this, however when the site is redeveloped in the summer of 2021 we will ensure our use of slideshows meets accessibility standards.
The embedded viewer on the 2026 Campaign on the alumni site causes a keyboard trap for keyboard-only users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.2 (no keyboard trap) .
By April 2021 we endeavour to have this fixed.
There is a virtual tour of Oriel College, which allows people to explore the college grounds if they are unable to visit.
We are unable to fix this at this time, and ask anyone having difficulty accessing it to get in touch. We will explore options to fix this, and will aim for it to be fully accessible when we re-develop the website in the summer of 2021.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
The accessibility regulations do not 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.
Some of our videos are not audio described. This makes it difficult for people who are visually impaired to access all the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5 (Audio description (Prerecorded).
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix Prerecorded time-based media published before Septemeber 2020. However, we will endeavour to provide transcripts of some of the key videos on the site.
Any new videos we publish will meet accessibility standards.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
Issues with text, including hyperlinks, descriptions, labels, web pages
Some link text doesn’t make sense when read on its own (for example, ‘Read more’) (WCAG 2.1 2.4.4 and 2.4.9)
Third party platforms
We often create content which is hosted on third party platforms. This includes:
- content we create for social media
- video which we host on YouTube, SoundCloud or Vimeo
- Publications on Issuu
We are responsible for ensuring the content we supply meets accessibility requirements; however, we are not responsible for the accessibility of the platform itself.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 14/08/2020. It was last reviewed on 13/10/2020.
This website was last tested on 28/08/2020. The test was carried out by Agile Collective.
We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test as per the guidance on gov.uk .