Accessibility information


Aids to operating this website

Menu systems

The menu systems of this site are designed to be highly accessible, and utilise clean structural code which provides context-sensitive navigation around the website. Each navigation area has a specific purpose and reflects a level of the website’s hierarchy.

Access keys

The first navigation area on this site contains access keys which you can use to navigate the site. To find these access keys simply hover over the respective links in the first menu system, or check the link titles using assistive technology.

Explore (website map)

Major pages within each section of the website can be found in the footer on each page. This will allow easy jumping to the major sections of the site. This site has a list of all pages that can be accessed by clicking on the word 'explore' on the footer of each page.


The search facility of this website provides an alternative route to finding information across the whole site. This searches all live content. The search results pages are designed to work well with assistive technology with additional information about each page (type of page and date last updated) being available when browsed using assistive devices.

Breadcrumb trail

The breadcrumb trail on this website will assist with orientation and navigation. You should use this to help find your way within the site; and may use it to navigate back to relevant higher-level pages once you are deeper within the site.

Text size

The initial text sizes of this site are designed to be clear and readable for a wide audience whilst making use of available screen space.  The text is scalable using the "text size" bar at the top of each page or alternatively use your browser controls to increase or decrease the font size.

Text only version of the site

You should find a "text only" link at the top of all pages. This allows you to view a high contrast and low-bandwidth version of the website optimised for assistive technology. Within text-only mode, you can change your preferred colours and font-sizes to suit your reading preferences.

Prominent contact information

We have provided prominent contact information on this site in order to make ourselves available to answer any questions. We are available to help you find the information you may be looking for.

Steps taken to ensure our site is accessible

Accessibility has been a clear requirement of this site from the outset.  This has been at the forefront of our minds in reviewing all design mock-ups, and we have taken guidance where appropriate on ensuring our design facilitates an accessible website.

The site has been thoroughly quality tested using a checklist which incorporates modern best-practice and current international technical guidelines on accessibility (under the Web Accessibility Initiative, of the World Wide Web Consortium).

Machine accessibility testing as well as real-life human accessibility testing has been performed on this site to ensure compliance.

If you have any questions regarding the accessibility, design and organisation of this site please contact the web team.

Last reviewed: 29/01/2010

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