Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to https://www.birminghambrc.nihr.ac.uk/, which is run by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. This means that you should be able to:

  • zoom up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

We also aim to make the website text as simple as possible to understand. However, some of our content is technical, and contains scientific terms and language.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (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.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed in the below sections is non-accessible for the following reasons:

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

WAVE highlighted some accessibility issues, which are:

  • Some of our pages use the same link text for different destinations. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose).
  • Our ‘Research’ and ‘Our latest news and announcements’ page headings are incorrectly formatted. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).
  • The ‘Related news’ sections throughout the website’s research pages have skipped heading levels. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

This website is currently going through a redesign and we are working with our developers to address these issues as part of the project. We plan to resolve these by May 2024.

  • Two videos featured on our ‘Training and resources’ page for patients and members of the public only have automatically generated captions, which don’t correctly capture the dialogue in full. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.2 (captions – prerecorded However, these are third-party videos and we don’t have control over the quality of captioning.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 13 December 2023. It was last reviewed on 13 December 2023.

This website was last tested on 9 November 2023.

We used a third-party accessibility tool called WAVE to test the accessibility of this website. WAVE 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 on WAVE’s website.

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:

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 https://www.support.nihr.ac.uk/sp (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).