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Brunel is committed to developing websites that are fully inclusive and are actively making every effort to ensure that all pages on the site comply with web accessibility guidelines.

Due to the size and complexity of the University's web presence this is an ongoing process. If you have any questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you experience any difficulty using it, please email web@brunel.ac.uk.

The following features improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text-only browsers, as well as any viewers who have trouble reading content as originally presented.

Fully customisable web accessibility tool

Recite is a web accessibility solution that will enable our visitors to customise brunel.ac.uk the way they need it to work for them. 

It works across all devces and includes:

  • Text to speech functionality
  • Dyslexia software
  • An interactive dictionary
  • A translation tool with over 100 languages and many other features as demonstrated on the below image.


Click the Accessibility icon in the top right corner (next to 'Student Intranet'). The Recite menu will appear and you can select any of the icons to try the features out.

Images, font sizes and colours

HTML heading tags are used to convey the correct document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, and so on in descending order.


The website content management system ensures that all images have descriptive alternate text.

Font sizes

You may change the font size of the website text to your preference through your browser:

  • In Internet Explorer, select View, then Text Size, and then your preferred size
  • In Firefox, select View, then Text Size, and then increase or decrease as required
  • In Netscape, select View, then Text Zoom, and then your preferred size
  • In Google Chrome on a PC, click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar, then select Options and click the Under the Hood tab. In the Web Content section, click Change Fonts and Language Settings to open the Fonts and Languages dialogue, then click the Fonts and Encoding tab and select your preferred settings
  • In Google Chrome on a Mac, click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar or click Chrome on the menu bar, then select Preferences. Click the Under the Hood tab, then inthe Web Content section click Change Font Settings and select your preferred font size
  • In Safari, select the View menu, the select either Make Text Bigger, Make Text Normal Size or Make Text Smaller


If you wish to override the site's colours, you can import your own style sheet within your browser preferences.

Style sheets

This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the use of style sheets ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.


JavaScript is used on the website to improve usability. However it is possible to browse the website without JavaScript.


Text links should make sense out of context, for example 'Council Minutes 2010 word doc', instead of 'click here'.

Comprehensive web accessibility information can be found on the BBC website:



Software to assist browsing:

ReadPlease (www.readplease.com)
ReadPlease is a free to download program that will read out any text that is pasted into the ReadPlease window

Natural Voice Reader (www.naturalreaders.com/download.htm)
Provides a free Professional Version that reads text directly from the browser window

iZoom 1.1 (www.issist.com/index.asp?page=iZoom)
A free magnifier to enlarge screen elements beyond the size that can be achieved through the browser setting

MyWebMyWay: BBC guidelines (www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/)
Helps with making your computer 'talk'