Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement for Davidson Lab

This accessibility statement applies to the whole of the website.

This website is run by Donald J. Davidson, who is Professor of Host Defence and Inflammation Biology, as well as Academic Lead for Public Engagement, at the Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh.

Visit the Centre for Inflammation Research website

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 using extensions in your browser
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • toggle captions on pre-recorded video content
  • navigate all 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, NVDA and VoiceOver), including alt-text descriptions of images

We would recommend using the High Contrast extension for Google Chrome to alter colours on this website.

Download the High Contrast extension

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

AbilityNet and the University of Edinburgh has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Visit the AbilityNet website

Visit the University of Edinburgh ‘Customising our site’ page

How accessible this website is

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

  • some of the images, including linked images, don’t have a text description
  • parts of the colour scheme are low contrast
  • some text is overlaid on images which makes it difficult to read
  • some pages have headings which aren’t formatted for easy use with screen readers
  • some pages have duplicated links that are cumbersome to navigate using a keyboard or screen reader

Feedback and contact information

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


We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 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, contact:


Please state the URL address of the page in question as well as the problem or accessibility criterion, to help us rectify this as quickly as possible.

View the WCAG 2.1 list of accessibility criteria

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).

The UK Government website provides information on how to report accessibility problems on public sector websites.

Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

BSL users can contact us via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the on-line British Sign Language interpreting service.

Find out more on the contactSCOTLAND website

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions to the Centre.

The ‘AccessAble – UoE’ app is available on both Android and iOS and can be used to find out how accessible our buildings are.

Find out about AccessAble and campus access at the University of Edinburgh

The Centre for Inflammation Research is based on the first floor of the Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI) at the Edinburgh BioQuarter. There is a hearing loop at the reception desk on the ground floor, which has level access.

View accessibility details for the QMRI on AccessAble

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Davidson Lab 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 and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2023. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Some sections of the website skip heading sizes, making the logical structure of the webpage difficult to interpret for screen readers. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships) and WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.2 (meaningful sequence). We plan to update the heading style by September 2023. We will publish any new content using the correct heading styles.

Our colour scheme does not meet the contrast requirements laid out in WCAG success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast (minimum)). We plan to update the colour scheme by September 2023.

The site contains redundant or duplicated links which can make the site difficult to navigate using a keyboard or screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose (in context)). We plan to remove redundant links by September 2023, and will not insert them in future content.

The Search function on the Publications page has not been labelled using markup languages, meaning that it cannot be accessed using speech recognition software. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.3.5 (identify input purpose) and WCAG success criterion 3.3.2 (labels or instructions). We will add a label to this user interface component by September 2023, and label any other such components which may be added to the site in the future.

Some images contain text in an image format which conveys information about the image. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.5 (images of text). Where image-based text conveys important information and is not purely decorative, we will add alt-text to describe it by September 2023.

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

Our full-text publications are accessed via third-party publication websites that are not funded, developed by or under the control of the Davidson Lab.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22/09/2020. It was last reviewed and edited on 12/09/2022.

This website was last tested on 11/09/2020. The test was carried out by Lana Woolford at Cloud Chamber Studios on behalf of Donald J. Davidson.

The entire website was tested.