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Accessibility statement for RaY (Research at York St John)

This accessibility statement applies to RaY (Research at York St John).

This statement was prepared on 29 October 2020. It was last reviewed on 29 October 2020.

The RaY website is run by York St John University.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

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

How accessible RaY is

We know some parts of RaY are not fully accessible:

  • Most older PDF and word documents are not fully accessible to screen readers
  • Some images do not have alternative text
  • Some form controls are missing labels
  • RaY runs on the open source software EPrints version 3.4.0 and has been customised for our own requirements and branding. The parts of EPrints which are not fully accessible prior to these customisations can be found in a list provided on the central EPrints Accessibility information webpage – How accessible EPrints is.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on RaY in a different format, please email RaY (ray@yorksj.ac.uk) and provide details of your preferred format. We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with RaY

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of RaY. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please email RaY (ray@yorksj.ac.uk) or the Head of Library and Learning Services (v.watt@yorksj.ac.uk).

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

You can contact us by email, phone or visiting us in person.

Library and Learning Services are based in the Fountains Learning Centre. If you intend to visit us in person, where possible, please contact us and book an appointment in advance. The Library Service Desk is fitted with an Induction Loop. Disabled car parking is available on campus, located adjacent to Fountains.

Find out how to contact us: Library contact details.

Technical information about RaY’s accessibility

York St John University is committed to making RaY accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

RaY is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information.

Some form controls are missing labels.

The parts of EPrints which are not fully compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA standards prior to our customisations can be found in a list provided on the EPrints Accessibility information page – Non accessible content.

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

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. Some of our PDFs that are not essential to providing our services were published before 23 September 2018.

We aim to ensure that new PDFs or documents we publish will meet accessibility standards wherever possible.

Third Party content and extensions

RaY contains some third-party content and extensions that we may be unable to influence.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

RaY runs on the open source software EPrints version 3.4.0 and has been customised for our own requirements and branding. The EPrints Accessibility information pages shows how and when EPrints plan to improve accessibility with their software releases – EPrints accessibility roadmap.

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