This accessibility statement applies to 

This website is run by the UK Data Service. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and we are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our resources. 

For example, that means you should 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)

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

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

How accessible this website is

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

  • One page does not contain references to other parts of the same document.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format such as accessible PDFs, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please:

We’ll consider your request and endeavour to get back to you within seven working days.

If you cannot get through on the above phone number, please leave a voicemail – we are checking our voicemail regularly.

If you can’t view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions. 

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact: Fiona Lemon, Marketing and Communications Manager, on 01206 872001 or by email:

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, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person 

If you contact us before your visit we can arrange liaison with local agencies to provide sign language interpreters or lip speakers through Essex University's Disability Service, subject to cost and availability. We hope to provide audio induction loops in the future, once we have the required technology to host this service.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The UK Data Service 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 

  • The feedback page does not contain references to other parts of the same document which means that information and relationships implied by visual or auditory formatting may not be preserved when the presentation format changes (such as when content is read by a screen reader or when a user style sheet is substituted). This does not meet WCAG 2.1  success criterion 1.3.1: Info and Relationships. We will contact the third-party platform provider to request that they make a change to their platform when they carry out updates. 

  • The website does not have two or more ways of finding content throughout the entire site. The alphabetical index and search feature enable users to navigate the entire contents of the HASSET thesaurus in more than one way, which covers the bulk of the website. However, this search function does not include a limited number of 'other' pages on the HASSET website that sit outside the thesaurus. These pages include: 'Documentation', 'About', 'Help' and 'Feedback' which are linked to from the main navigation. We explored the option of installing a sitemap, however all the web content outside the main navigation is dynamic and driven by the vocabulary database, so it is not possible to link to such content from a sitemap.  We believe that the addition of a sitemap that only links to the main navigation pages would not aid navigation of this small number of pages in any meaningful way. The search function and alphabetical index should be sufficient for users to locate content from the thesaurus in a manner that best meets their needs as per success criterion 2.4.5: Multiple ways

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will  periodically run accessibility checks on this website to pick up any accessibility issues that arise.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 30 July 2021.

This website was last tested on 30 July 2021. The test was carried out by the UK Data Service Communications team who undertook accessibility testing using a combination of Total Validator, the Wave Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool and manual checks.