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RDS website accessibility statement

Find out how we're making our website as accessible as possible.

Research Data Scotland (RDS) strives for inclusivity in all areas of our work, including our website. We are committed to applying the relevant accessibility standards and to continually improving our user experience to meet the needs of diverse users.  

To ensure digital accessibility for people with disabilities, we’ve made the website text as simple as possible to understand. You should also be able to: 

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts 
  • zoom in up to 300% 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, NVDA and VoiceOver 

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

Accessible formats

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

Reporting accessibility problems

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of our website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us

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)

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment. Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit, we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Research Data Scotland 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. We are working to resolve a number of issues which arose during accessibility testing in May 2023 to ensure we are fully compliant. These issues include:


  • A form control does not have a corresponding label
  • An empty heading occurs: the tag for the heading is present, but there is no text in the tag
  • A WAI-ARIA element contains a role, a state or property that is invalid or not allowed on this type of element
  • 'Back to Top' anchor doesn't move active state to the top so continues to tab in original location

Metadata Catalogue

  • The ID used for an element on the page is also used for another element on the page
  • Missing form label in filter: A form control does not have a corresponding label
  • Colour contract: There must be sufficient colour contrast between text elements and the background
  • Keyboard navigation: Selecting any of the filters returns focus to the top of the page
  • Keyboard navigation: Users must be able to navigate to all interactive components using a keyboard
  • An input field has no description

Download information

Some of the information on our website is in Portable Document Format (PDF). These documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have published reports in PDF format . All PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards, but will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free. 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to monitor how this website meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 AA standard and will update this page when we find and fix any accessibility issues. 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 February 2023. It was last reviewed on 5 July 2023. 

This website was last tested on 31 May 2023. The test was carried out by Nexer Digital