Accessibility statement for ROS Theses Repository

Website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

ROS Theses Repository” - https://www.ros.hw.ac.uk/ is a website hosted by the University of Edinburgh Library on behalf of Heriot Watt University. It contains full-text copies of all Heriot-Watt University PhD theses awarded from 2009 onwards

We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website. For example this means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts.
  • experience no time limits to content
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • magnify up to 200%

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

Customising the website

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

AbilityNet - My computer my way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of the University staff or a student you can use the free Sensus Access accessible document conversion service.

SenusAccess Information

How accessible this website is

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

  • some non-text content does not have text alternatives
  • some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers
  • some colour contrasts do not meet recommended guidance
  • the default language of each page may not be identified
  • entering data or selecting a form control does not always have predictable effects

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille please contact the website team by contacting us:

By using the IS Helpline online contact form

IS Helpline contact form

Or phoning

+44 (0)131 651 5151

Or email

Information.systems@ed.ac.uk

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working 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 please let us know by contacting:

By using the IS Helpline online contact form

IS Helpline contact form

Or phoning

+44 (0)131 651 5151

Or email

Information.systems@ed.ac.uk

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly.

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:

Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

British Sign Language Scotland runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates from 8am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week.

British Sign Language Scotland service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites 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 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below

The full guidelines are available at

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1

Non accessible content

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

The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria

  • Entering data or selecting a form control does not always have predictable effects.

A complete solution or significant improvement will be in place by March 2021 where the issues are within our control.

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

Content that is not within the Scope of the Accessibility Regulations

At this time we are not claiming any material is out of scope.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to work with our in house developers to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround and correct issues directly where they are under our control.

We will continue to monitor accessibility and will carry out further accessibility testing if significant changes are made to the user interface or if a service user raises an issue. To plan to resolve the issues that are within our control by December 2021. We plan to manual review the accessibility of the site and make improvements and update this statement before December 2021.Where we are unable to resolve an issue or where an issue is out with our control we will ensure reasonable adjustments are put in place to ensure no user is disadvantaged

Information Services and accessibility

Information Services (IS) has further information on accessibility including assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users.

Assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 7th August 2020. It was last reviewed on 14th September 2020.

This website was last tested on 10th September 2020. The test was carried out by The University Library and University Collections Digital Library team using the automated LittleForest tool. The website is scheduled for manual testing by Dec 2021.

We did not use sample pages for testing - all pages were run through LittleForest.

Little Forrest claims it tests the following WCAG criteria either partially or wholly

WCAG 2.1

A

1.1.1

Non-text Content

WCAG 2.1

A

1.2.1

Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1

A

1.2.2

Captions (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1

A

1.2.3

Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1

A

1.3.1

Info and Relationships

WCAG 2.1

A

1.3.2

Meaningful Sequence

WCAG 2.1

A

1.3.3

Sensory Characteristics

WCAG 2.1

A

1.4.1

Use of Color

WCAG 2.1

A

1.4.2

Audio Control

WCAG 2.1

A

2.1.1

Keyboard

WCAG 2.1

A

2.1.2

No Keyboard Trap

WCAG 2.1

A

2.2.1

Timing Adjustable

WCAG 2.1

A

2.2.2

Pause, Stop, Hide

WCAG 2.1

A

2.3.1

Three Flashes or Below Threshold

WCAG 2.1

A

2.4.1

Bypass Blocks

WCAG 2.1

A

2.4.2

Page Titled

WCAG 2.1

A

2.4.3

Focus Order

WCAG 2.1

A

2.4.4

Link Purpose (In Context)

WCAG 2.1

A

3.1.1

Language of Page

WCAG 2.1

A

3.2.1

On Focus

WCAG 2.1

A

3.2.2

On Input

WCAG 2.1

A

3.3.1

Error Identification

WCAG 2.1

A

3.3.2

Labels or Instructions

WCAG 2.1

A

4.4.1

Parsing

WCAG 2.0

A

4.4.2

Name, Role, Value

WCAG 2.1

AA

1.2.4

Captions (Live)

WCAG 2.1

AA

1.2.5

Audio Description (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1

AA

1.4.3

Contrast (Minimum)

WCAG 2.1

AA

1.4.4

Resize Text

WCAG 2.1

AA

1.4.5

Images of Text

WCAG 2.1

AA

2.4.5

Multiple Ways

WCAG 2.1

AA

2.4.6

Headings and Labels

WCAG 2.1

AA

2.4.7

Focus Visible

WCAG 2.1

AA

3.1.2

Language of Parts

WCAG 2.1

AA

3.2.3

Consistent Navigation

WCAG 2.1

AA

3.2.4

Consistent Identification

WCAG 2.1

AA

3.3.3

Error Suggestion

WCAG 2.1

AA

3.3.4

Error Prevention (Legal, Financial, Data)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

1.2.6

Sign Language (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

1.2.7

Extended Audio Description (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

1.2.8

Media Alternative (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

1.2.9

Audio-only (Live)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

1.4.6

Contrast (Enhanced)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

1.4.7

Low or No Background Audio

WCAG 2.1

AAA

1.4.8

Visual Presentation

WCAG 2.1

AAA

1.4.9

Images of Text (No Exception)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

2.1.3

Keyboard (No Exception)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

2.2.3

No Timing

WCAG 2.1

AAA

2.2.4

Interruptions

WCAG 2.1

AAA

2.2.5

Re-authenticating

WCAG 2.1

AAA

2.3.2

Three Flashes

WCAG 2.1

AAA

2.4.8

Location

WCAG 2.1

AAA

2.4.9

Link Purpose (Link Only)

WCAG 2.1

AAA

2.4.10

Section Headings

WCAG 2.1

AAA

3.1.3

Unusual Words

WCAG 2.1

AAA

3.1.4

Abbreviations

WCAG 2.1

AAA

3.1.5

Reading

WCAG 2.1

AAA

3.1.6

Pronunciation

WCAG 2.1

AAA

3.2.5

Change on Request

WCAG 2.1

AAA

3.3.5

Help

WCAG 2.1

AAA

3.3.6

Error Prevention (All)

WCAG 2.1

AA

1.3.4

Orientation

WCAG 2.1

AA

1.3.5

Identify Input Purpose