DART-Europe E-theses Portal accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to DART-Europe E-theses Portal.

The DART-Europe E-theses Portal (https://www.dart-europe.org) is run by University College London (UCL). It is designed in line with recognised good practice, and training in creating accessible content is provided to all site owners and editors. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website, which means that you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

There are a number of customisation options for your browser and device that could help you use this website and other websites more effectively. AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible. You can see a full list of issues we currently know about in the non-accessible content section of this statement.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF (Portable Document Format), large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact us.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 days.

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 contact us.

Read tips on contacting organisations about inaccessible websites.

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

University College London 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 2.2 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 the accessibility regulations

This section covers issues that we need to fix and are working to do so. 

The ‘search the portal’ search box in the left column of some pages does not have a corresponding label. This fails WCAG 2.4.6 Headings and Labels (AA). This will be fixed by 31 January 2024.

The ‘search the portal’ search box in the left column of some pages uses a field set without a corresponding legend. This fails WCAG 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions (A). This will be fixed by 31 January 2024.

The tooltip icon on the browse page is missing an alternative description. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A). This will be fixed by 31 January 2024.

There are some areas across the site where headings appear in non-consecutive order or skip heading levels. This fails WCAG 2.4.6 Headings and Labels (AA). This will be fixed by 31 January 2024.

Checkboxes used for selecting records in results listings do not have a corresponding label. This fails WCAG 2.4.6 Headings and Labels (AA). This will be fixed by 31 January 2024.

The hyperlinks for facets used to filter your search results use styled underlined text. This will be fixed by 31 January 2024.

For hyperlinks to an original thesis that is in PDF format, we do not currently state that this hyperlink goes to a PDF. This will be fixed by 31 January 2024.

When viewing a full record, there is an orphaned form label referring to the save to marked list functionality. This fails WCAG 2.4.6 Headings and Labels (AA). This will be fixed by 31st January 2024.

If you find an issue that we have yet to identify, please contact us using one of the routes described in the ‘Reporting accessibility problems with this website’ section of this statement.

Disproportionate burden

At this time, we have not made any disproportionate burden claims.

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

PDFs and other documents

DART-Europe does not directly provide any theses for download. All theses are provided as a hyperlink to the original online repository, usually in the form of a PDF file. For accessibility issues with PDFs please contact the awarding institution directly.

Third-party content

Our websites contain third-party content. We do not have control over and are not responsible for the accessibility of this content, but we make best endeavours to work with the third-party to improve its accessibility. This may include:

  • links to non-UCL websites
  • content/functionality on our website
  • content hosted on other websites, such as social media sites
  • documents which are sent to us and uploaded, or comments left on pages by members of the public

To help accessibility compliance across the sector, University College London supports searchBOX, a centralised, independent directory of third-party accessibility information. 

searchBOX catalogues the contact information and accessibility statements of third-party suppliers, enables the sharing of community-generated accessibility statements, and allows users to map their supplier ecosystem. 

Users can access third-party accessibility statements using the free searchBOX Finder service

UCL encourages all our partners and suppliers to support this effort by ensuring that their accessibility information is included in the searchBOX directory. 

Our testing processes

We selected a prioritised sample of UCL websites based on their usage, criticality to the student experience and how representative they were of other pages using similar templates or covering related processes. 

For third-party applications we have sourced accessibility statements from suppliers directly (wherever possible) and added these to searchBOX (a centralised, independent directory of third-party accessibility information) and documented this in our accessibility statements.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

UCL has created a Digital Accessibility Policy to help us embed accessible by design approaches to our own development as well as externally procured digital systems and we are actively engaged in processes to assess and prioritise remediation of existing systems.

In addition, accessibility is at the heart of our new Design System that will underpin all future digital system development. 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 23 November 2023. It was last reviewed on 23 November 2023. This website was last tested on 20 October 2022. The test was carried out by UCL.