University of Oxford Development Office – Accessibility Statement

Last updated 18th March 2024


This accessibility statement applies to the University of Oxford’s Development Office website ( and the Oxford Alumni Online (OAO) website (

These websites are run by the University of Oxford Development Office (UODO). Whilst our target audiences are alumni, supporters, donors, and those interested in the university’s fundraising activities and how gifts are used, we want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

Parts of this statement also apply to the web content system used to provide the Oxford Alumni Online websites. UODO manages the system providing these websites, but is not responsible for the designs and content produced for those websites. A full list of these websites is available on the OAO Participants page.


Our aims

The University of Oxford aims to ensure that their websites meet Level-AA standard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Providing alt text for all images and non-visual alternatives where appropriate
  • All essential audio-visual information is captioned, described as necessary or provided in alternative formats
  • Content can be navigated with just a keyboard or speech recognition tools
  • The website can be used with a screen reader
  • Content is structured, ordered and labelled appropriately

Guidance is available from the university’s Public Affairs Directorate to help editors and moderators of this website maintain accessibility standards. We are working with our editors, moderators and developers to help them apply these standards to the Development Office’s websites, and new tools and methods used to update the website’s content and design will be checked to confirm that we are still able to meet Level-AA standard.


How accessible this website is

Whilst our websites aim to meet Level-AA standard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, we know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • You cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader or keyboard navigation
  • Names and labels are missing on some form and feature elements, such as search and mobile navigation
  • Some colours do not meet Level-AA contrast requirements
  • Some images are missing alt text, or do not have alt-text that suitably describes the image or photograph
  • Links do not have a context change when selected, and do not indicate that they open in a new window
  • Some videos do not provide suitable subtitles, captions, or audio descriptions

Please see our known accessibility issues page for further details.


Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us:


Enforcement procedure

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).


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Oxford is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. As part of this commitment, we are required to publish known issues with our website.


Compliance status

The websites covered by this statement (the University of Oxford’s Development Office website and the Oxford Alumni Online (OAO) website) are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed on our known accessibility issues page.


Non-accessible content

The known accessibility issues page lists content that is non-accessible and their reasons, as well as issues considered to be a disproportionate burden or content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations.


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 10th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 10th September 2020.

This website was last tested between July and September 2020. The test was carried out by the University of Oxford Development Office, using WebAIM WAVE and manual tests to find and assess accessibility faults and potential improvements.

We used the following approach to decide the sample of pages to test:

  • Test all core pages and section landing pages
  • Test functionality of form pages, such as our donation and payment forms
  • Where multiple pages in a section use the same template and have similar content, such as college giving pages, a sample of the most frequently visited pages were tested