Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement for Life Sciences in Scotland

This website is run by Scottish Enterprise. We want to make our services accessible to everyone who could benefit from them, irrespective of any disability they may have. 

We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non- compliances listed on this page. 

This statement was prepared and last reviewed on 23rd April 2021.

How we approach accessibility  

We regularly test our websites with disabled users to identify and address any issues. We have an in-house accessibility lab and testing team, who test new features and changes to the site for accessibility issues. This website was last tested in March 2021. The test was carried out by our internal test team. 

As well as aiming to build our website in a way that’s easy for all users to use and navigate, we’re also working towards making the language we use as simple as possible to understand by using plain English principles. 

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

Accessibility problems we’ve found 

During testing of our website, we’ve found the following problems, which we’ll aim to fix by 1st August 2021. Once we’ve fixed a problem, we’ll remove it from this list.

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • live video streams do not have captions
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • On the site navigation menu when selecting search icon, then closing the search field keyboard focus is not passed back to the main search icon anchor link.
  • Some font styles are not set in a way that they scale to the correct size on different screen sizes
  • Navigation needs to have a highlighted indicator status to help user know what page they are on if it is a top level page
  • Date filter options for switching month, year and previous are not keyboard accessible
  • When using the search function for articles on the Insights, News, Events and Capabilities pages, after executing a keyword search the results page does not take you to the point on the page that has the results. It starts from the top of the page rather than an anchor point to the main content.

Disproportionate burden

We‘ve assessed the cost of fixing the below issues around navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will review this again in 6 months.

Navigation and accessing information

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

Interactive tools and transactions

Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website.

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

PDFs and other documents.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

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

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website 

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

  • Email: lssilg@scotent.co.uk
  • Call: 0300 013 3385 (calls charged at local rates)
  • If you’re deaf or hearing impaired you can use your textphone to contact us through Relay UK, or you can search for Relay UK on the App Store for iPhone or iPad and at Google Play for Android 

Scottish Enterprise
Atrium Court
50 Waterloo Street
Glasgow
G2 6HQ

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

You can use the same contact details to report an accessibility problem on this website.  

If you’ve contacted us regarding accessibility and are still dissatisfied with our decision or the way we dealt with your complaint, you can ask the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) to look at it.  

The SPSO cannot normally look at: 

A complaint that has not completed our complaints procedure (so please make sure it has done so, before contacting the SPSO) 

Events that happened, or that you became aware of, more than a year ago 

A matter that has been or is being considered in court 

Contact the SPSO 

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).

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