Help with using this website

  • Policy and standards
  • How you can change the appearance of pages on this website.
  • A usability statement which details the levels of standards compliance achieved to date and our plans for improving the usability of this website.
  • Information about copyright and using materials you find on this website created by us or funded by us.
  • Privacy.
  • The technical infrastructure used to build and manage this website.

We are always pleased to receive any comments on this website, either by emailing or by calling 0191 222 5888. Thanks to the Plain English Campaign for allowing us to use their website. We have based our information in this section on their site.

Policy and standards

MEDEV is committed to making it's website user friendly and accessible to all. We have consulted with our various communities and undertaken usability studies in order to meet the requirements of our different user groups. We take steps to ensure our website conforms to web best practice guidelines and standards, such as the guidelines provided by web accessibility initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Standards compliance

  1. All pages on this site comply with priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We have reviewed all the guidelines and believe to the best of our knowledge that these pages are in compliance to AA standard.
  2. We will continue to work towards further compliance with WCAG nad other accessibility guidelines.
  3. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict. We use programs which can determine with 100% accuracy whether a page is valid HTML to check this.
  4. This website has been validated for CSS2 (cascading stylesheets). We use programs which can determine with 100% accuracy whether a page is valid CSS to check this.
  5. Because we aim to comply with the XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS2 web standards, pages will currently only display fully under Internet Explorer 5.2 or above, Opera, Safari, later Mozilla builds, and Netscape 6 and above. You should be able to see content in any browser.
  6. We randomly test a number of pages on this site to check our standards compliance statements on a monthly basis.

Copyright on this site

The copyright in all of the material on this website belongs to MEDEV.

You are welcome to download any of the material for your own use on these terms:

  • You accept all risks from downloading, installing or using the material.
  • MEDEV will not be responsible for damage (including damage caused by viruses) to your computer or software or any losses suffered by you as a result of downloading, installing or using the material.

We agree in principle with the work being done by Creative Commons ( on open licencing, and will use UK versions of these licences wherever possible, usually cc-by-nc-sa. Where you can't see this licence, and if you would like to reproduce, redistribute or modify any of the material on this website please contact the to obtain our permission (its rare we say no!).


We do not keep a database of people who send e-mails to us, and we do not pass these details to other people.

We do run a mailing list which you can register for by emailing us at . We only use this to send out occasional announcements and a monthly newsletter, and we do not pass on any of the e-mail addresses. In addition we can, if you ask us to, add you to another list so that you can get printed copies of our newsletter and special reports. You can ask for this by email or by phoning 0191 222 5888.


A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer while they are visiting a particular website. It contains simple information about the user's identity but no personal information. This website does use cookies.

Technical infrastructure

The site is built using the Django web publishing environment, with MySQL databases.

MEDEV, School of Medical Sciences Education Development,
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, NE2 4HH