NIHR is committed to making its websites and mobile applications accessible, in accordance with national legislation transposing Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council and in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This accessibility statement applies to the NIHR Imperial BRC website.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with WCAG 2.0/2.1AA, due to the non-compliance/exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed in the below sections is non-accessible for the following reason(s):

Some older 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). We plan to add text alternatives for all images published in the last three years by December 1st 2023. When we publish new content, we ensure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

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

The following non-accessible content is out of scope of the applicable legislation:

  • This website contains PDFs and Word documents that are essential to providing our service. For example, we have Word documents which researchers use to submit applications.
  • 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. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
  • Our site contains documentation such as PDFs or Word files and these have been checked for accessibility.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 16th June 2023. It was last reviewed on 20th June 2023. This website was last tested in May 2023. The test was conducted by the NIHR.

We used a third-party accessibility tool called Google Lighthouse to test the accessibility of this website. Lighthouse can identify many accessibility and Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) errors, but also facilitates human evaluation of web content. A full explanation of how this tool works can be found in Google’s Lighthouse Accessibility audit documentation.

Feedback and contact information

If you wish to report any accessibility challenges in using this website, or if you require any information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact:

+44 (0)20 7589 5111

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 30 days. If you do not receive a response, please contact the NIHR Service Desk at 0207 333 5060 (internal or external) or visit (internal only) for assistance.

Enforcement procedure

If you do not receive a response to the above request, please contact the NIHR Service Desk (details above) for further escalation.

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).