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The University of Oxford is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives members of the public and members of the University community full access to University information, courses and activities offered publicly through the web. Our Equality Policy outlines our commitment to a culture which ‘maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected’.

This accessibility statement applies to the website of the Refugee Studies Centre, within the Oxford Department of International Development –  

Our aims

This website is run by the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC). 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
  • Flip the content horizontally or vertically
  • Access the content using a keyboard
  • Understand the order of the page when using a keyboard
  • View headings that are descriptive
  • View pages where the contrast is clear 
  • Access pages with consistent navigation 

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible is this website?

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

  • Not all of our images have alternative text
  • Some text has low contrast levels
  • Some links are missing descriptive text
  • Audio files do not have transcripts
  • PDF documents are not fully accessible
  • Some links to external sites open in a new browser window and some open in the same browser window
  • When CSS styling is removed from some pages, the content may not be in logical order
  • You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • Some link text isn’t meaningful out of context

Work is ongoing to improve the website’s accessibility.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format such as an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, transcript or audio recording, please email us at We will consider your request and get back to you within 28 days.

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page, or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us on

Enforcement procedures

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The RSC 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. Non-compliance can be accessed in our developer’s latest accessibility report and on the Known Issues page.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

We want to provide the best possible experience for all our website visitors. To achieve this we will:

  • Fix known issues
  • Work with our developers so all new features meet accessibility criteria
  • Check all new content for accessibility
  • Carry out periodic accessibility checks

For new content, we will ensure:

  • Images will have appropriate alternative text
  • Links will be descriptive
  • PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
  • Videos will be hosted and captioned on YouTube which offers automatic transcripts
  • Transcripts of audio podcasts will be made available upon request

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was last reviewed on 22 September 2020. This website was last tested within the RSC in September 2020.  We tested a sample of key page types, including the home page, about us, study, event, research, publication, and people pages. The site has also been tested by our developers, Fry-IT.