Accessibility

The University of Nottingham Accessibility Statement

This partial accessibility statement applies to the nottingham.ac.uk domain, specifically the following pages only:

  • Home
  • Undergraduate Study
  • Postgraduate Study
  • Accommodation
  • Study With Us
  • Student Services
  • Jobs
  • IT Services
  • Research
  • Sports   

This website is run by University of Nottingham. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. 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.

How accessible this website is

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

  • Some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using a screen reader and voice commands
  • Some website functions are inaccessible to keyboard users
  • Some of our forms do not contain descriptive labels
  • Banners contain no link text for screen reader users
  • Some images on the site do not contain alternative text
  • Some page elements do not conform to colour contrast requirements
  • The heading structure is not correct on several content pages

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll then consider your request and get back to you within 10 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please let us know by raising a request.

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

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Nottingham 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 not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the following issues listed below. 

The website contains no Skip to Content or Skip to Navigation links this fails WCAG 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks. We aim to resolve this by March 2023.

Some of the link text on the site contains non-descriptive link text, meaning screen readers will be presented with no additional context behind a link. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context). We aim to resolve this by March 2023.

Some images on some pages contain missing or incorrect alternative text. Some of these images are also links. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content and 1.4.5 Images of Text. We aim to resolve this by March 2023.

Video content on the site contains no captions or subtitles, this fails WCAG 1.2.2 Pre-recorded captions. We aim to resolve this by March 2023.

Content on the page occasionally contains empty headings. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships, 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks and 2.4.6 Headings and Labels. We aim to resolve this by March 2023.

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

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. We are fixing or replacing them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.  

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are continuously reviewing accessibility on our website and have categorised this as a top issue to fix to allow for users to access our website.   

We have had 10 pages audited and assessed for accessibility. This statement details the findings of this audit.

This website was last tested on Friday 4 September 2020. The test was carried out by HeX Productions across 10 individual content pages. Specifically:

  • Home
  • Undergraduate Study
  • Postgraduate Study
  • Accommodation
  • Study With Us
  • Student Services
  • Jobs
  • IT Services
  • ResearchSports

Issues that are present outside of these pages will not have been identified.
Testing was taken place by automated methods across the whole site along with manual testing using a range of assistive technologies through 25 defined user journeys.

In addition, we are actively reviewing and have introduced new working practices with a focus on user needs and providing inclusive content to our diverse audiences.

The University of Nottingham has invested in a Digital transformation programme which will enable us to be inclusive by design with a major website redevelopment project. This will start to be rolled out from December 2022.

We have invested in accessibility training for our Digital Marketing Officers.
We are improving our existing media assets where required. For example, retrospectively adding captioning to video content.

 

This statement was last updated on 30 November 2022.

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