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Accessibility statement for Edge Hill University Figshare

Last updated 22.07.2021

This accessibility statement applies to

This website is run for Edge Hill University by Figshare. Edge Hill University maintains files and information such as metadata in the individual records. The website is designed to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without problems
  • navigate most of the public website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the public website using speech recognition software
  • use most of the public website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made 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 is this website? 

Some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • some research data and associated previews are inaccessible. Content in Edge Hill Figshare is created and uploaded by a large number of users (both staff and students); as such, levels of accessibility may vary
  • infographics or images may not have alternative text or may be inaccessible due to the nature of the format; in some cases we have been able to provide alternative text descriptions as additional files or a transcript in the description field
  • access-restricted parts of this website

If you would like the accessibility of a particular file or files to be improved, we will be happy to help.

Requesting alternative formats

Please email requests for enhanced accessibility for particular files to: We will aim to provide this within five working days.

If you require other information on this website in a different format like large print, easy read, audio recording, etc. please email: We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as we can.

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 email:

Enforcement procedure

If you are not happy with how Edge Hill University or Figshare respond to your complaint, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

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’).

Disproportionate burden

User generated content 

Some of the content on this website is generated and uploaded by individual users and as a result is not fully accessible. 

Each of these files would require individual assessment for accessibility and (where required) the application of certain measures to make the document accessible. Having assessed the issues present in a sample set of files from the website, we estimate that actioning this would take over 100 hours. 

Considering the benefits taking such measures, we acknowledge that there are over 14 million disabled people in the UK (Scope) and also that, “As of 2017, there are around 350,000 people on the registers of blind and partially sighted people in the UK” (RNIB).

Finally, there are no known requests to date for Edge Hill Figshare items to be made accessible.

Considering the above, we have concluded that the benefits of making all files in Edge Hill Figshare accessible would not justify the time-based cost to the University. We therefore claim it would not be reasonable to take these measures due to a disproportionate burden. 

We believe that reviewing and making sure each item of content is fully accessible would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

Technical information about the website’s accessibility

Edge Hill University 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 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 accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Some videos files do not include closed captions as they have been supplied by authors without subtitles present in the metadata. Additionally, the software supporting video previews does not support closed captions.

Microsoft Office file formats and PDFs
Some files have been supplied by authors in a non-accessible format.

Content that is not within the scope of accessibility regulations

Access-controlled parts:  Parts of this website are not available to the general public and are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Video files exempt from accessibility regulations
Many of the video files published on this website prior to 23 September 2020 were submitted as MP4 files, with no closed captions. These items are exempt from the accessibility regulations, but an accessible version can be provided on request.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Edge Hill University will regularly review the accessibility of this website and improve it where possible.

Starting August 2021, the accessibility status of all new or reviewed items in Edge Hill Figshare will be clearly labelled in the item’s metadata, stating whether it meets the WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

For further details, please email

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 28 August 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 July 2021.

This website was last tested on 20th September 2020. The test was carried out by internal teams at Figshare. 

Figshare have tested the whole public area of the platform along with the external widgets.

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