This web site contains several accessibility features, including: structured layout, scalable font sizes, list based menus with 'skip links', other navigation aids and mostly valid XHTML using CSS for styling.

Please note that our usual site colour and layout changing system and automatic small device adaptation is coming in the second part of this release of the website.

How to increase or decrease our website font size

Any of the style views of this web site allow text re-sizing.

Several web browsers allow you to increase or decrease the font size of a page by using either the menus or key presses. Please refer to your browser documentation. Here are some of the more common ones:

Internet Explorer 5+
Select 'View' from the menu. There is an item labeled 'Text Size', which opens a sub-menu. This sub-menu should have the items 'Largest', 'Larger', 'Medium', 'Smaller', and 'Smallest'.

CTL key and '+' (increase) or CTL key '-' (decrease). CTL '0' resets to the default size
On the mac use the "command" key (the one with the Apple logo on it) and '+', "command" "-" or "command" '0.

Select 'View' from the menu. There is an item labeled 'Zoom'. Choose the percentage of +/- zoom you require. Note this is a 'Zoom' not a font-resize.

Apple key and '+' (increase) or Apple key '-' (decrease).

How to use our website navigation

Learn about the different types on navigation on this site

Main Navigation
Our website is split into sections. Each section is an item on the main menu at the top of the page, This effectively let you move between sections.

Search and Sitemap
We also have a search box at the top of each page and a sitemap at the top of this page, to help you locate the information you require. If you still cannot find what you are looking for then please contact us.

Breadcrumb Link Navigation
This website has a 'breadcrumbs' link list on some pages. This enables you to see where you are within a section of the website, with click-able links back up that section's hierarchy.

Page Turn Navigation
In the footer of each page is a further set of navigation links. The 'Previous' and 'Next' links take you back or forward through the web site respectively. There is also a 'Top' link which jumps you to the top of the current page. The 'Previous' page, Next' page and 'Home' page navigational information is also contained within internal navigation (rel) links, which some browsers are able to utilise.

Other Navigation
You can also click on the website logo, situated at the top of all pages, to jump to the home page.

How well does this website validate?

Learn about how well this website validates.

Much of this website validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict. Currently only a few pages are known to fail this validation: Any 'Map' pages because of some 'Google Map VML' elements we had to include for Internet Explorer and some of the pages with forms on. Some 'form' pages fail, which is due to a minor glitch with the forms layout caused by a small problem with the CMS (Content Management System). Bug reports have been logged and we hope this will be rectified soon. You can see if a page validates by clicking on the 'XHTML 1.0 Strict' option in the footer.

Most of the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) validate, where they do not validate it is because the choice was to put functionality and usability above validation. You can see which pages CSS validates and which does not by clicking on the 'CSS' option in the footer. (Most often the CSS fails to validate because of the CSS rounded corners from CSS3, which the CSS2 validator cannot validate, and their corresponding proprietary extensions for Firefox and Safari.)

Almost every page of this web site should pass at least the W3C WCAG WAI-A machine tests and complies, we believe, with most, if not all of the obligatory subjective qualifications. We also believe that most pages comply with at least all the priority 1 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This is a minimum level of compliance, with the exception of those pages which fail XHTML validation indicated above, we would expect all, but those pages listed below, to achieve 'AAA' or Priority 1, 2 and 3 in the automated accessibility tests. Other accessibility validators used were 'Cynthia ' and the 'Functional Accessibility Evaluator ' from the University of Illinois.
Whilst we appreciate the difference between passing automatic tests and real-life accessibility, we have made considerable efforts in that direction and hope we have a site which is accessible to most people.

If you feel that there are other pages on this web site which do not comply or if your feel there are things we can do to improve accessibility further then please contact us.

Privacy Policy & Cookie Information

Our Promise

We will never give out or sell your contact details to any third parties, nor will we use it to contact you, except in direct response to a request from you. We despise spam too!

Our use of cookies

We now have to advise you that our website stores session cookies on your device which store information to enable our CMS to work. They contain no user identifiable information and are destroyed when you close your browser, end your session or clear your cookies.

Data Protection

We operate this site strictly in accordance with applicable data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and legislation implementing and putting into effect permitted derogations from the GDPR. We minimise any collection of personal data, and to the extent any is collected in the process of operating the website we securely delete it once our legitimate reasons for holding it have expired.

Where you consent to giving us your contact details, we use those only for the purposes for which those have been given. You may, by email to, ask us to delete your contact details at any time.

Reduce external tracking

Do Not Track: First off, if your browsers supports it then set the ‘Do Not Track’ options in your browser preferences. Many websites honour this option including Twitter and show you how to set it.

There are also independent browser plug-ins that aim to block wider attempts to track you. Abine’s Do Not Track Plus is a leading free example. Alternatives include Ghostery and TrackerBlock.

You can test out your ‘Do Not Track’ settings by visiting the ’Do Not Track’ website.

Private Browsing: If you want to go a stage further and your browser supports it then set the ‘Private Browsing’ option in your browser preferences. (You should note that this option will remove the cookie we set to say you have read our ‘cookie advisory’ so you will get it again… sorry it is not our fault.)

Opt out of Google Analytics: Lastly you could also install a plugin for your browser from Google to opt out of Google’s Analytics tracking.

If you can avoid social networking that will probably also greatly increase your privacy!

If your browser does not support these options then we suggest you get a better browser like Firefox.

If you any further concerns regarding our privacy policy then please contact us.

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