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Accessibility statement for www.bradford.ac.uk

This statement was prepared on 10 September 2020. It was last updated on 10 September 2020.

Our accessibility ethos

Our users' experience is very important to us and ensuring website accessibility is a key priority. We’re committed to making our space on the web work for all.

As an institution, we embed a consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do. As such, the University is working to ensure its website is accessible and adheres to the guidance from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the UK Government Digital Service, and meets the expectations of our stakeholders.

You can find out more about these regulations by visiting the UK Government Digital Service guidance on understanding new accessibility requirements for public sector bodies.

About the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

As of 23 September 2018, all public sector websites are lawfully required to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard and publish an accompanying accessibility statement.

As an existing website (published before 23 September 2018) the deadline for the University of Bradford website to meet the latest regulations on accessibility standards and publish an accessibility statement is 23 September 2020.

How accessible is this website?

We recognise that some parts of the website are not accessible:

  • Not all PDF and Word documents have been adapted for assistive technologies
  • Not all images have alternative text
  • Not all link text is descriptive
  • Some content is difficult to navigate by keyboard
  • Users who may operate their keyboard to navigate certain webpages may find it difficult to see the focus indicator because it may not always be adequately visible

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Bradford 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.

Accessible content

Our website allows users to:

  • Navigate our website by keyboard
  • Adapt our website for mobile and tablet devices
  • Resize text up to 200% without loss of content
  • Resize webpages up to 200% without loss of website functionality

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

 The following content is non-accessible:

  • Most PDFs and Word documents have not been adapted with accessibility in mind. Assistive technologies may have difficulty in understanding them
  • Not all images have alternative text, or the alternative text may not accurately describe the content of the image
  • Not all links have unique or descriptive names. Some link text may be generic and not accurately represent the link destination
  • The ‘Skip to content’ link on course pages misses key information at the top of the page. Keyboard users will have to navigate the website backwards to access this content
  • The focus indicator may not be adequately visible to users with visual impairments

Disproportionate burden

Documents

Due to the number of PDFs and Word documents on the website, and present resource available at the University, we are unable to make all documents which are featured online fully accessible at this time. We are working to make these documents compliant and can give the assurance that all documents published from September 23 onwards will be accessibility compliant.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Third party content

Third party content such as FindaPhD, Unibuddy, and our Virtual Experience are exempt from meeting accessibility regulations, though we aim to work with the providers of these services to make them as accessibility compliant as possible.

Please note this list serves as examples and is not comprehensive.

Some code, which is hosted-by third-parties and used for specific operational requirements such as digital advertising, also does not fall within the University's scope. However, we remain conscientious of how this code may affect our users' experience on our website.

Video captions

Not all videos published on the website before 23 September 2020 have synchronised captions or a video transcript. Though this it outside the scope of the accessibility regulations, we aim to provide these at a later time.

Live video captions

Livestreams of on-campus events, such as graduation, will not have synchronised video captions.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

To ensure full accessibility of our website, we have undertaken a comprehensive review of accessibility on the University of Bradford website. This report was completed on 1 June 2020.

We are currently working through the resulting action plan to ensure we achieve full WCAG 2.1 AA compliance as soon as we can.

  • We are working to resolve all non-compliant accessibility issues
  • We are sharing best practice with the users of our content management
  • We are training all users of our content management system to be accessibility minded when editing the website

We have also recognised the importance of accessibility as a teachable moment for our organisation and have taken this opportunity to help embed key accessibility principles across the University.

How we test this website

We employ several tactics to help ensure our website is compliant for accessibility while not hindering our users' experience on the website:

  • All new webpages on the website are tested for accessibility before going live (see below for further details on how we do this)
  • We employ workflows at both a system and procedural level for webpages we work on
  • We proactively assess technologies and learn from our users' experience to improve our code and content

In addition to the above, we use the following tools and platforms to help us determine how we perform against website accessibility according to the W3C WCAG. We use these tools in combination with our expertise and understanding of WCAG and never in isolation.

Siteimprove

We subscribe to Siteimprove which offers a website quality assurance and auditing tool.

At time of publishing, Siteimprove gives our website a score of 95.8 out of 100 based on how well we meet WCAG 2 guidelines. It is important to note that this score is not fixed and adjusts as we improve and add to our website.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse is an open-source webpage quality and performance audit tool. When auditing a webpage for accessibility, it focuses on the technical aspects concerning code and structure of webpages.

As an indicator, Lighthouse scores us 100/100 for accessibility for our website homepage on desktop devices, and we aim to mirror this score across all pages on the website.

Reporting accessibility problems

We recognise that every change, no matter how small, can make a difference to some users.

If we can make our website more accessible to you, or you would like to raise an accessibility issue on behalf of others, you can contact us by emailing web-team@bradford.ac.uk.

We will acknowledge your email as soon as possible during the University's office hours. Though we may not be able to respond to your feedback straight away, we endeavour to keep you updated of any progress made.

Requesting information as an alternative format

If you require information from this website as an accessible PDF, Word document or other format, please email marketing@bradford.ac.uk.

You can expect to receive a response from us within approximately 7-10 working days.

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’).

Contacting the Equality Advisory and Support Service

If you feel our response to your email is inadequate, or the issue is unresolved, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) for assistance.

Printing our accessibility statement

If you are viewing this webpage as a printed version or a document that has been previously saved to your personal device, you may not be viewing the latest version. Visit www.bradford.ac.uk/web-accessibility to ensure an up-to-date version of our accessibility statement.