About us

Web accessibility

We aim to make our website and online resources accessible to everyone, no matter what their ability.

Our website aims to conform to these web and accessibility standards and guidelines:

How to get the most accessible browsing experience

Downloading documents

PDF and Word documents are used across the website to complement content when needed.

If you find a PDF document on this website that is not accessible and you need it in an accessible format, please email websupport@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk.

To view documents you may need to install additional software:

Images

All information-carrying images on our website are accompanied by brief alternative text which describes the image or its function. The alternative text (ALT text) is generally only visible when the browser's automatic image loading feature is turned off.

Links

We try to name all links clearly and descriptively so that they are comprehensible when read or listed out of context.

  • Links to pages within our website open in the window that you are using.
  • Links to documents open in a new window.
  • Links to other websites and documents open in a new window.

Videos

Our videos are hosted on YouTube and embedded in pages on this website.

The video player uses JavaScript to pull in videos from YouTube. If you do not have JavaScript or if you have JavaScript turned off you will not be able to watch our videos.

We will being providing transcripts of our videos shortly. In the meantime if you require a video transcript please contact us websupport@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk.

Text size

You can customise text size through your browser settings.

In Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  1. Choose "View" then "Text Size" (press the Alt key to temporarily display menu options if using Internet Explorer 8 or above) and select the size you require
  2. Press Ctrl and + to increase the zoom, or Ctrl and - to decrease it
  3. If you have a mouse or other pointing device with a scroll-wheel, hold down the Ctrl key and move the wheel away from you to increase zoom, or move it towards you to decrease it

In Firefox:

  1. Press the Alt key to temporarily display menu options
  2. Choose "View", then "Zoom" and select "Zoom Text Only"
  3. Press Ctrl and + to increase the zoom, or Ctrl and - to decrease it
  4. If you have a mouse or other pointing device with a scroll-wheel, hold down the Ctrl key and move the wheel away from you to increase zoom, or move it towards you to decrease it

In Chrome:

  1. Choose the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar, select "Settings", click "Show advanced settings", in the "Web Content" section, use "Font size" drop-down menu to make adjustments
  2. Press Ctrl and + to increase the zoom, or Ctrl and - to decrease it
  3. If you have a mouse or other pointing device with a scroll-wheel, hold down the Ctrl key and move the wheel away from you to increase zoom, or move it towards you to decrease it

In Safari:

  1. Press the Alt key to temporarily display menu options
  2. Choose "View" and select "Zoom Text Only"
  3. Press Ctrl and + to increase the zoom, or Ctrl and - to decrease it
  4. If you have a mouse or other pointing device with a scroll-wheel, hold down the Ctrl key and move the wheel away from you to increase zoom, or move it towards you to decrease it

In Opera:

  1. Press the Alt key to temporarily display menu options
  2. Choose "Page" then "Zoom" and then a percentage

Further information on increasing the text size can be found on the BBC's 'My Web My Way' website: How to make your text larger.

Changing colours

We have mainly used colours that are easy to read and distinguish. You can, however, change the website's background colour and the colour of body text in your browser or operating system. For instructions please visit the BBC's 'My Web My Way' pages on How to change text and background colours.

Colour contrast

We try to ensure that the colours used on our website meet the minimum contrast requirements in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

The contrast ratio for normal text is 7:1 and for larger text 4.5:1 in the WCAG AAA success criteria.

On our website colour is never used as the only visual means of conveying information or indicating an action.

Visual design

We use cascading stylesheets (CSS) for the visual layout of our website. If your browser or browsing device does not support CSS, or if you turn CSS off in your browser, you should still be able to read the content of each page.

Mobile devices

Our website displays in the most optimal way depending on the device you are using – whether it’s a desktop, tablet or phone.

Printing pages

Use your browser's print function to print any page on our site. The pages will print without the page navigation elements.

Older versions of our website

Our website is archived in its entirety by The National Archives. Previous versions are available via http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/*/http:/www.mrc.ac.uk.

If you need extra help

For more information and a comprehensible guide explaining the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible to you, please visit the BBC’s My Web My Waypages.

Let us know if you are having difficulties

If you have any difficulty viewing the content or are experiencing problems accessing areas of our website, please email websupport@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk.

We will make every effort to resolve any issues.