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Website Accessibility

This page contains information about the accessibility features of this site, including levels of conformance to industry standards, how to use this site, useful links and resources and the option to give feedback.

It is our intention to continue to make this site as accessible as possible and enable people to make the most of the website, whatever their ability or disability. 

Conformance to industry standards

Standards compliance is an integral part of creating functional and accessible websites. As a result, the pages on this site adhere to the following standards:
This site follows World Wide Web and it also complies as far possible with the recognised Web content Accessibility standards set by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and CAST. All pages are level AA compliant which means that no users should find it impossible to access their content.

Accessibility features

This site has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology (such as screenreaders) or accessibility features. Features employed in this site to make information more accessible are:

  • The site uses CSS for visual layout. For optimal viewing, it is recommended that you use a browser with CSS2 support. If your browser or browsing device does not support style-sheets, the content of each page will still be readable.
  • All pages use structured semantic markup. For example, H1 is used for main page headings, and H2 for subsequent section headings within each web page.
  • All text uses relative font sizes so text can be enlarged or reduced using the text size options available in visual browsers.
  • All content images used include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  • A breadcrumb trail has been provided across the site to show the section and page the user is on within the site.
  • All pages include a search box, and links to a more advanced search page as well as an A-Z index are also provided.
  • The website uses access keys (i.e. keyboard shortcuts that replace the need to use the mouse for navigation in browsers that support them). In Internet Explorer on Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key. Then press Enter to activate the link. The following access keys are available throughout the website:
    • "s" - Skip to content
    • "0" - Link to SOAS homepage
    • "1" - Link to "About SOAS"
    • "2" - Link to "Admissions"
    • "3" - Link to "Research"
    • "4" - Link to "Academics"
    • "5" - Link to "Alumni"
    • "6" - Link to "Visitors"
    • "7" - Link to "Business"
    • "8" - Link to "Admin"
  • Other navigational aids include in-page links on the right-hand side which highlight useful documents (e.g. application forms), web pages and external websites.

Changing your computer for better accessibility

Browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera etc.), operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, Linux etc.) and computers have features to make web pages more accessible. To make full use of these accessibility settings , we recommend you visit the BBC's and AbilityNet's My Web, My Way website, which explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.

Feedback and queries

Should you experience any difficulty in finding the information you require in the appropriate format, or if you have questions or problems with accessing the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) website, please email the Webmaster (webcontent@soas.ac.uk), or write to:

School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
c/o Webmaster
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG