Website accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Faraday Institution website.

This website is run by the Faraday Institution. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means we are taking steps towards ensuring users can:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% 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’re also continuing 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 know some parts of this website are not fully accessible. You can see a full list of any issues we currently know about in the non-accessible content section of this statement.


Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

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

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


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 contact us using the methods above. The Head of Communications will be responsible with dealing with reported issues.


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Faraday Institution is committed to making its website accessible and although not a Public Sector Body, has chosen to follow the principles of 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 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.


Non-accessible content

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

There are various carousels or auto-play videos across the website that cannot be pause or stopped. This fails WCAG 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide (A).

Some carousel content includes links or controls which are not accessible to keyboard users. This fails WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard (A).

Some carousel content uses aria assertive messages which will read text out to screen reader users every few seconds as the carousel moves, no matter where the user is on the page. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A) and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A).

Across the website in places such as carousels, a variety of event promotion images, staff images and technical graphics, images do not have appropriate alt text descriptions. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A) and 1.4.5 Images of Text (AA).

Focus indication is inconsistent across the website. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA).

At higher magnifications the navigation menu is significantly difficult to navigate. This fails WCAG 1.4.10 Reflow (AA).

Across the website there are various text and image links which do not describe their purposes clearly such as social media icons or text links which do not include clear link text. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A).

Across the website there are a number of text contrast failures. This fails WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast Minimum (AA).

On some pages the language of the page is not set. This fails WCAG 3.1.1 Language of Page (A).

Some pages do not contain a correct or any heading structure. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A).

Some collapsible content is not correctly identified to screen reader users. This fails WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A).

The contact form uses placeholder text as labels which causes the label to disappear when a user starts typing. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A).

News article tags are presented as a list including direct child elements not allowed within lists. This may cause readability issues. This fails WCAG 4.1.1 Parsing (A)

There are various validation issues across the website. This fails WCAG 4.1.1 Parsing (A).

We are doing the following to fix the issues listed above:

We are working with our accessibility consultants and web designer to define a programme of work that we anticipate would address the majority of the website functionality issues identified above before the end of 2022.

Members of the Faraday Institution that generate website content have been trained in good digital accessibility practices and will apply their learnings to new content. New images uploaded will have alt text applied and we will add alt text to legacy content as pages are reviewed.

We will reconsider our brand colours in 2022 to determine how to avoid the colour contrast issues identified.

If you find an issue that we have yet to identify, please contact us using one of the routes described in the ‘Reporting accessibility problems with this website’ section of this statement.


Disproportionate burden

At this time, we have made no claims of disproportionate burden.


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

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can respond to calls for new research projects, and forms published as Word documents.

Website content generators, three other members of staff, and an external designer of our reports, have been trained in the production of accessible digital documents and will be applying their learnings to new documents published. An audit of pdf documents on the website has been completed and accessibility issues will be rectified when they are next updated.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.


Video content

We have some existing pre-recorded video content that was published before and some after the 23rd September 2020. Content from before September 2020 is exempt from the regulations. All new video content we produce will have appropriate captions and audio descriptions. If you require captions on any archived video on the website where captions are not currently provided, please contact


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 7 September 2022.

This website was last tested on 06/06/2022. The test was carried out by All Able Ltd.

A representative sample of pages of the website were tested along with a sample of the documents from each area of the website.


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