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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 University of Oxford Cardiovascular Science website -


our aims

This website is run by the Research Facilitators for the BHF Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the BHF Centre for Research Excellence.

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 200% 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 also endeavour to make 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 are aware that some parts of our website are not fully accessible. These include:

  • Not all images have a meaningful text alternative
  • Some images include text as part of the image
  • Not all page titles are unique or clearly indicate the page’s topic or purpose
  • Some link text isn’t meaningful out of context
  • Some links to external sites open in a new browser window and some open in the same browser window
  • Some video content does not have synchronised captions or subtitles
  • Some video content that contains visual information is not accompanied by audio description or text alternative
  • Some pages rely on visual formats such as graphs, flowcharts or videos only to communicate instructions or information
  • Older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • While content is fully usable and scaled correctly when text is enlarged up to 200%, some images appear lower resolution
  • Navigation is not always consistent, with certain pages displaying with or without a side navigation menu and/or are navigable from two separate or unrelated sections.

We are working to address areas where our accessibility needs improvement. Please see our ‘Known issues’ page for more details.

feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact the Research Facilitators for the Oxford Cardiovascular Science website:


BHF CRE Research Facilitator

Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Level 6, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU


BHF CRM Research Facilitator

Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics
Sherrington Building 
Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PT

For feedback sent via email, we will consider your request and get back to you within 14 days. Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the research facilitation team are working remotely, so responses to postal enquiries may take up to 21 days.

reporting accessibility problems with this wesite

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:

other accessibility resources

If you’d like more information about accessibility and resources for students, staff and visitors in Oxford more generally, please visit our Equality and Diversity pages. 

If you’re looking for information on building accessibility, please try the Access Guide or the University’s interactive map.

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).

technical information about this website's accessibility

The researcher facilitators for the BHF Centres at the University of Oxford are 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, due to the non-compliance and exemptions listed on our ‘Known Issues page’.

Disproportionate burden

We do not consider any of the accessibility issues to be a disproportionate burden and aim to make the site fully compliant by September 2021.

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

Third-party content

Our site includes third party content and functionality. This may direct you to a related service, link to another site or supporting documentation. We are not responsible for the accessibility of third-party content or to other sites we link to.

This includes:

  • YouTube videos
  • Audio podcasts on third party websites
  • Google maps

We will endeavour to provide an accessible alternative to any third-party content that isn’t compliant.

Third party platforms

We often create content which is hosted on third party platforms. This includes:

  • content we create for social media
  • audio and video which we host on SoundCloud or Vimeo

We are responsible for ensuring the content we supply meets accessibility requirements; however, we are not responsible for the accessibility of the platform itself.

Documents (Word & PDF)

This site has a number of Word and PDF documents which were published before September 2018. These aren’t essential to the service we provide and won’t be replaced. If you experience any difficulties accessing these documents, please email

Video and audio content

This site has pre-recorded audio and video content that was published before 23 September 2020, which is exempt from the accessibility regulations.

Archived content

This site contains archived content, which is exempt from the accessibility regulations. The archived content is mainly internal announcements, hidden webpages and sections that are not currently relevant but archived for potential future review, and external news stories published prior to 23 September 2018, but which have not since been updated.

What we’re 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
  • Check all new features in the Haiku Content Management System (CMS), which is used to create this website, for accessibility before they are made available
  • Check all new content for accessibility
  • Train all content editors on accessibility
  • Carry out periodic accessibility checks

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020.

The pages were checked manually against WCAG 2.1 guidelines, with a focus on the items in the’s WCAG 2.1 Primer Checklist.


Our site includes content pulled from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, Radcliffe Department of Medicine and Nuffield Department of Population Health websites. We are not responsible for the accessibility of this content, but these websites have also undergone accessibility audits and we expect their content to be made accessible where required to do so. We will endeavour to work with these departments to highlight any non-accessible material featured on our website where applicable. If you find an issue with one of our news articles, videos or researcher profile pages please contact the relevant Communications Officer:

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics:

Radcliffe Department of Medicine: 

Nuffield Department of Population Health: