This website is run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) which is a non-departmental public body (NDPB); one of the seven Research Councils in the UK.
This page states our intention to provide a website that is usable and accessible to all and details some of the measures taken. This website's objective on accessibility is to conform to the guidelines for UK Government Websites, which support the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (link opens in a new window) at Level AA. These are to ensure that we achieve and maintain an appropriate Web accessibility standard and that our web sites are inclusive.
This accessibility statement applies only to the Science and Technology Facilities Council websites and relates to all new and reviewed public facing websites, but does not apply to any other site, including:
- Legacy websites operated by or for STFC
- Other websites operated for STFC by partner organisations
- Other government departments, research councils and agencies
- Any site that is linked from one of our pages
Please note, some sections of this web site are controlled by third parties and so it has not been possible for the same standards of accessibility to be applied to them.
We are making every effort to make STFC's websites accessible, including layout, and easy to use for everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, and whether or not you have any disabilities.
STFC currently recruits through the i-recruitment Portal. We are aware that this recruitment site does not meet the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as required by the Disability Discrimination Act. This means that the site may be difficult to use for some people with certain disabilities.
Most complex Adobe® Acrobat® Portable Document Format (PDF) files on this site added after November 2008 are tagged to allow basic accessibility pre-existng PDFs will be tagged on request.
For more information and help about accessibility and changing your browser settings please visit the BBC's My Web, My Way (link opens in a new window) pages.
More information about PDF accessibility can be found on the Adobe website accessibility section (link opens in a new window).
To download a copy of Acrobat reader, please visit the acrobat download page (link opens in a new window) on the Adobe website.
If you require any further help and advice regarding assistive software and hardware, please contact the Shaw Trust (link opens in a new window).
STFC use a subset of the UK Government Access Keys standard.
- S - Skip navigation (go straight to content)
- 1 - Home page
- 2 - What's new / latest news
- 3 - Site map
- 4 - Search
- 6 - Help
- 7 - Complaints procedure
- 8 - Contacts
- 9 - Feedback
- 0 - Acesss key details
A list ofcommonly used acronyms
has been provided to help users follow the content more effectively.
Navigating using access keys differs from browser to browser.
How to use access keys in your browser, for:
- Internet Explorer 5+ - Hold down the Alt key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press the Enter key.
- Internet Explorer 4 - Hold down the Alt key and press the number of the access key
- Internet Explorer 5+ (Mac) - Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
- Firefox 2+ - Hold down the Shift and Alt keys then press the number of the access key
- Firefox 1 - 1.5.x, Mozilla, Seamonkey - Hold down the Alt key and press the number of the access key
- Firefox, Mozilla, Seamonkey (Mac) - Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
- Opera - Hold down the Shift key and press Escape, release both keys, then press the number of the accesskey
- Safari (Mac) - Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
The use of access keys is controversial. They can conflict with other software shortcuts and some accessibility experts advise against their use. We welcome feedback, particularly from disabled people, on your experience using access keys on this website.
Changing font size
Font size can be changed by setting your browser settings to your own preference - this option is usually available from the "view" option in your browser toolbar.
Some links, especially those before April 2007, have the url as part of the link text. We have kept these links as short as possible and are in the process of updating them.
STFC’s videos are hosted on YouTube and presented with captions.
To play a video, users can click the triangle button on the player or the image. Alternatively, keyboard-only and assistive software users can use the “[Video Autoplay]” link for this purpose.
When a video is playing, the users can use the following keys on the keyboard to control the video player:
- Spacebar: Play / Pause;
Right Arrow / Left Arrow: go forward / go backward;
Up Arrow / Down Arrow: Louder / Softer.
Mac users browsing with Safari can use CTRL with the above keys to fulfil the same operations.
Maintaining an accessible site is an ongoing process and we are continually working to offer a user friendly experience. However, if you have any problems using this web site please contact us by email email@example.com.