Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Systematic Review Facility (SyRF) website. 

This website (which we call SyRF) is run by the University of Edinburgh and is on the domain.  


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

-   change colours, contrast levels and fonts

-   zoom in up to 200% 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS (Job Access with Speech), NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) and VoiceOver)


We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

Find advice on AbilityNet  


How accessible this website is 

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible: 

-   some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers

-   you may not be able to access all content by using a keyboard alone

-   some text may not reflow into a single column when you change the size of the browser window and at certain levels of magnification

-   some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

-   some parts are not compatible with text highlighting software


Feedback and contact information 

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

Request our website in an alternative format 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working 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 let us know. 

Report an accessibility problem 

We will try and respond as quickly as possible but will be no more than 5 working days. 


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 details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) 


Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person 

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, our staff are working from home and we cannot provide additional contact details. We will update this information, including information on what accessibility services are available when contacting us, upon our return to the office. 


Technical information about this website’s accessibility 

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its website 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 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below. 


Non-accessible content 

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.  


Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations 

The following items do not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria 

-   Some logos are missing alternative text

    1.1.1 – Non-text content 

-   The colours red and green are used to distinguish inclusion and exclusion criteria in study screening 

    1.4.1 – Use of colour 

-   Some text has a contrast ratio between text and background of less than 4.5:1 

    1.4.3 – Contrast (minimum)

-   It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content 

    2.1 – Keyboard Accessible

-   Some text links lack context to determine their purpose

    2.4.4 – Link purpose (in content)

-   Some web pages do not have multiple ways of being accessed 

    2.4.5 – Multiple ways

-   The language of the web pages is not specified. The language of user-uploaded texts is not specified.

     3.1.1 – Language of page

     3.1.2 – Language of parts

-   Errors in input forms (e.g. contact forms) are identified but no suggestions for correct input are given.

     3.3.3 – Error suggestion

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix. 


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

PDFs and other documents 

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. We plan to rectify this as soon as possible. 

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. 

We are unable to guarantee the accessibility of PDFs published by third parties, such as academic journal publications. 


What we’re doing to improve accessibility 

We are redesigning our website and taking into account how we can better comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria. 


Preparation of this accessibility statement 

This statement was prepared on 18th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 18th September 2020. 

This website was last tested on August 2020. The test was carried out by members of the CAMARADES research group within the University of Edinburgh.