BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Accessibility statement

    This website is run by Birkbeck, University of London. 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 (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 Birkbeck Institutional Research Online are not fully accessible:

    • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
    • Some images (including linked images) do not have alternative text descriptions
    • some pages are missing headings, which may make them diffiult to navigate with assistive technology

    More details about areas of Birkbeck Institutional Research Online that are not fully accessible can be found below in the 'Non compliance with the accessibility regulations' section of this statement.

    What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

    If you can’t access parts of our websites, want to report accessibility problems, or need information in a different format:

    We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 7 days.

    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 [responsible person/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 complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

    Contacting us by phone

    Information about contacting the team can be found at on the contact us page.

    Technical information about this website’s accessibility

    Birkbeck, University of London 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 not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-accessible sections are listed below.

    Non accessible content

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

    Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some pages do not have heading structures.
  • Some form controls do not have associated names.
  • Some links are duplicated.
  • Some pages contain layout tables.
  • Some pages are missing the first heading level.
  • Some images (including linked images) do not have associated alternative text and may have a title attribute.
  • Some select elements may not have an associated label.
  • Some pages contain underlined text
  • Some ARIA references have no target set.
  • Some links may contain extraneous text or be difficult to understand out of context.
  • Some table captions may not be correctly declared.
  • Some pages contain javascript jump menus.
  • Some pages contain very small text.
  • These issues will be resolved in a planned upgrade to this repository.

    Disproportionate burden

    None of the issues listed above present a disproportionate burden to fix. They will all be resolved as part of a planned upgrade.

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

    PDFs and other documents

    As Birkbeck Institutional Research Online is an open access research repository, the principal content made available to users are research outputs such as articles, papers, posters and reports, many of which are PDF documents. Many PDF documents, especially older ones, are not fully accessible to screen reader software and do not contain other common accessibility features. In particular:

    • many documents, especially older ones, do not conform to the PDF/A archiving format.
    • many lack bookmarks or document titles, therefore failing to meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.5 and 2.4.2.
    • many discuss scientific or scholarly concepts which may be abbreviated with no mechanism for discovering the meaning of the abbreviations, or unusual words arising from scholarly discourse without definitions. These issues each fail WCAG 2.1 criteria 3.1.4 and 3.1.1 respectively.
    • there may be some documents that fail to specify their human language, thereby failing WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1.
    • many documents may not reflow satisfactorily. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10.

    What we’re doing to improve accessibility

    Our Accessibility Roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

    Preparation of this accessibility statement

    This statement was prepared on 21/08/2020. It was last updated on 25/09/2020.

    This website was last tested on 25/09/2020 The test was carried out by CoSector, University of London.

    We used this method to decide on a sample of pages to test.