Accessibility

Accessibility statement for this website

The accessibility statement on this page explains how accessible the Learning Innovation Unit’s website is.

We are actively working to make our web services accessible to all users.

As guiding principles, we:

  • seek to identify and follow best practice for web accessibility
  • aim to support current assistive technologies
  • aim to promote an awareness of web accessibility issues
  • set standards and targets for web resources produced and hosted by us.

Wherever possible, content and services are delivered using a standard set of elements and page templates which have been tested to support AA compliance as outlined in W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Manual inspections are also made to website content before it is published to support AA compliance.

We are currently reviewing W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 and will be adapting content where appropriate to meet the new AA success criteria.

We also periodically audit our web pages using third-party services to ensure they remain accessible and appropriate.

Using this website

This website is run by the Learning Innovation Unit in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at UWE Bristol. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and are committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Zoom in up to 500% without the text spilling off the screen.
  • Use skip links using tab on your keyboard to ‘Skip to main content’, skip to the main navigation and skip to the site map which lists all pages on the website.
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard and see the elements in focus highlighted with a red border.
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader.

How accessible is our website?

Although our goal is WCAG 2.1 Level AA conformance, we know some parts of this website don’t yet fully meet this standard:

  • Some of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be marked up so they are accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential for active administrative processes. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
  • Some of our older videos don’t yet have captions. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1 (audio-only and video-only pre-recorded), 1.2.2 (captions pre-recorded), 1.2.3 (audio description or media alternative pre-recorded) and 1.2.5 (audio description pre-recorded). The regulations do not apply to recorded videos published before 23 September 2020. However, while these videos are not subject to the legislation, we have carried out an audit of all our videos and have begun a process of updating captions and adding full transcripts. Any new videos we publish will have edited captions and transcripts.
  • The cookie consent bar has a button with no alt text. We are trying to find a solution to this.
  • There isn’t a skip link to skip past the tag cloud. We are working on a solution to this.

Tell us about an accessibility issue

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. Please contact us at fetliu@uwe.ac.uk if you:

  • Find any problems that are not listed on this page.
  • Think we are not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations.
  • We’ll consider your request and get back to you in two working days.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about our website’s accessibility

The Learning Innovation Unit is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 20 November 2019. The test was carried out using WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool which checks our content against the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have a rolling programme of updating content in accordance with the guidelines set out by the WCAG. This statement was prepared on 20 September, 2019. It was last updated on 20 November, 2019.