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Accessibility statement for the Scottish Funding Council

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This accessibility statement applies to the website https://www.sfc.ac.uk.

This website is run by the Scottish Funding Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use it and aim to comply with ‘AA’ level of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.

For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software.
  • Listen to most of the website content using a screen reader.
  • Zoom in and out to re-size text to suit your needs.

We also use Plain English to make the content easy to understand.

How accessible this website is

Overview

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

  • Banner carousel images on the home page.
  • Collapsible accordians as page content blocks.

Feedback and contact information

We are 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: webmaster@sfc.ac.uk.

If you need information on this website in a different format, such as large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, contact us at webmaster@sfc.ac.uk. We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our us page, call or email us for directions.

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 are 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 Scottish Funding Council 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 partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  1. WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value: ARIA hidden element must not be focusable or contain focusable elements This refers to the banner carousel at the top of the home page.
  2. WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible: Where collapsible accordians are used on pages, the focus moves through the links in the accordions even if these are not opened, meaning focus is hidden.
  3. WCAG 1.4.13 – Content on Hover or focus: along the top of a web page as when the mouse hovers over the menu, the menu covers content and cannot be easily dismissed.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Overview

We have now launched our new site and are currently reviewing all instances of non-compliance with the accessibility regulations reported. We will continue to monitor and test the new site’s accessibility in line with the accessibility regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 12 December 2022. It was last reviewed on 19 April 2024.

This website was last tested on 21 February 2024.

Accessibility testing of this website

We are working with the Government Digital Service (GDS) and our contracted web partner to test and review the accessibility of this website.

Our web partner uses the following tools to for accessibility testing:

Additional support using this website

PDF documents

This site contains a large number of downloadable PDF files which may present issues to users of earlier versions of JAWS screen reader with Adobe Reader. You should, if possible, use the latest versions of both applications.

Find out more about using the Read Out Loud feature with PDF files. This feature may only be available in Adobe PDF Reader so you should check for a similar tool if you use other PDF reading software.

Browser accessibility support

The Web Accessibility Initiatve (WAI) provides guidance on how to customise your particular browser and computer for better web browsing.

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