Accessibility

We aim to make this website as easy to use and understand as possible. We want visitors with disabilities to be able to gain the same benefit from using our website as those who are able-bodied.

Downloadable documents

We provide downloadable documents in a variety of formats. The most common are PDF and Word.

Most computers already have the software to open these document formats. If you cannot open PDF documents, download Acrobat Reader.

Saving documents to your computer

If you have a PC, right-click on the link to the document. If you use an Apple Mac, hold down the mouse button over the link. In both cases, a popup menu will then appear.

From the menu click on ‘Save target as’. You will then be asked to choose a folder on your computer where you can save the document.

Documents in a different format or language

If you have a learning disability or need any of the documents on this website in a different format or language, please contact us.

Changing the text size

You can do this through your browser browser settings. See the links below for help.

General browser accessibility

You can change your browser or computer settings to improve accessibility in general when you are viewing websites:

What we do to help you

  • The design of the website is consistent to help you find your way around. Every page has a top level navigation bar, search function and breadcrumb bar (under the top level navigation, to help you see where you are in relation to the homepage).
  • All of our images should contain alternative text (alt text), for people using screen readers or text-only browsers.
  • We try to make sure that our links make sense out of context. This is important for screen readers for example, where links can be displayed as a list.
  • We use headers and bullet points to help you to scan the information on our pages.
  • We try to make sure that all our information is easy to read.
  • We provide text versions of our videos.

Our compliance

The site aims to be compliant with W3C/WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, Conformance Level “Double-A”. We periodically review our pages to check this.

If you have problems using any part of our site please let us know so that we can investigate the problem.

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of data that are gathered from the device you use to visit our website, for example your computer or mobile phone. Cookies are created to improve your experience of websites, for example they are needed for shopping carts or if you visit a site where you need to log in.

Cookies can be classified into persistent or session and first party or third party, explained below.

  • Session cookies are created temporarily when you a visit a website, for example to remember your information entered in a form when navigating to different pages. They do not contain any personal information about you and are deleted when you leave the site.
  • Persistent cookies (also called a stored or permanent cookie) are used to collect information such as web surfing behaviour or preferences for a specific website. These cookies are not deleted when you leave the website, but expire after a set period.
  • First or third party cookies – these describe whether the cookies are issued by the website that you are currently visiting (first party) or by a different site (third party).

Our use of cookies

We do not use cookies to collect personal information about you or to identify individual users. Any cookies used by this website are either on a per session basis or to help us monitor our website, to improve it for future visitors.

Content management system cookie

WordPress uses a number of different cookies to help it display content and manage users.

Name: wordpress_logged_in_{hash}
Expires: 
when the user exits the browser
Type: Persistent, first party

Name: wordpress_{hash}
Expires: 
when the user exits the browser
Type: Persistent, first party

Name: wordpress_settings-1
Expires: 
when the user exits the browser
Type: Session, first party

Name: wordpress_settings-time-1
Expires: 
when the user exits the browser
Type: Persistent, first party

Name: wordpress_test_cookie
Expires: 
when the user exits the browser
Type: Persistent, first party

Google Analytics cookies

Google Analytics sets a number of cookies to help us evaluate the use of our website, for example the number of visitors we have and the pages visited. Full details are available from the Google Analytics website.

Name:  _ga
Use: 
Distinguish and Track Users
Expires: 2 Years
Type: Persistent, first party

Why is this important?

The EU privacy law came into effect on 26 May 2011 and the UK government gave website owners until 25 May 2012 to comply. This law means that we must let you know what cookies we use. The law aims to give you greater control over your online privacy. For more information, visit the The Information Commissioner’s website.

Controlling cookies

You can control whether to accept or refuse cookies and to delete cookies that have already been set.

If you choose not to accept or to disable our cookies, you may not be able to use some site features.

Changing your cookie settings in your browser

To control the way your device manages cookies, go to your browser settings. The links below are designed to help but are not exhaustive: