Website accessibility statement

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Accessibility statement for the Scottish Educational Review (SER) website

This accessibility statement applies to the website.

This website is run by the University of Stirling. 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 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.

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:

  • some 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 like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please email We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems which aren't listed on this page, or think that we're not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations then please email to let us know.

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).

Contacting us by phone

We don't have a contact number for the SER team. You can contact them by email

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Stirling is committed to making this 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

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some PDF documents on this website are not fully accessible to screen reader software. We plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages by the end of December 2020.

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

PDFs and other documents

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.

How we test this website

We currently use automated testing to drive most of our improvements to accessibility on our site. Automated testing can't find everything that could be improved, but is rarely wrong about what it does find.

There are a number of accessibility features which we test manually, which include:

  • manual checks against the W3C validator
  • ensuring that page elements render correctly at all sizes, including when zoomed to 300%
  • reviewing ARIA labelling to ensure it is descriptive
  • checking the tab order on pages for keyboard navigation
  • colour contrast, which is normally done at design stage by using tools.

This website undergoes automated testing against the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines using the automated Siteimprove tool. This tool scans all our web pages every few days, and tests against all the criteria in the guidelines which are possible to automate.

The reports generated by Siteimprove are reviewed by the website content and development teams, with any actions taken and prioritised into our future work.

We also test a selection of the most visited pages on our website using the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool which facilitates human evaluation of web content.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will introduce more methods to test for accessibility beyond automated software, and ensure information and support for accessible content creation is communicated to everyone who contributes to

This will include:

  • training content contributors and CMS editors to ensure content is always created with accessiblity in mind
  • creating a accessible document guidelines
  • examining microdata markup and alt text using special tools
  • checking content in a text-only browser
  • testing using screen readers to read text aloud
  • testing using disability simulation tools to browse the website
  • testing with real assistive technology users.

Other sites within our domain

There are many different subsites and systems across our domain. Accessibility statements for such systems and subsites will be provided locally.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 18 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.