Accessibility on site

This statement applies to content published on and all subdomains contained within the site.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Responsive design (meaning the display of all content is optimised for all screen sizes)
  • Text resizing
  • Colour contrasts
  • Any content types or features that have been optimised to meet accessibility such as accordions, slideshow/carousels, tables and tabs.]

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

How accessible the website is

Parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • some pages and document attachments are not clearly written
  • some tables do not have row headers
  • some pages have poor colour contrast
  • some heading elements are not consistent
  • some images do not have good alternative text
  • some buttons are not correctly identified
  • some error messages are not clearly associated with form controls
  • many older documents in PDF format are not fully accessible

What we do about known issues

We work to achieve and maintain WCAG 2.1 AA standards, but it is not always possible for all our content to be accessible. Where content is not accessible, we will state a reason, warn users and offer alternatives.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility 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 version 2.1 AA standard, due to the known issues listed below.

Non accessible content

The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:

  • Some of our link names are not accessible by screen readers and are not descriptive enough to tell our users where that link will take them.

(WCAG 2.4.4, WCAG 4.1.2)

  • Some of our pages have poor colour contrast. This may make it difficult to see the content properly.

(WCAG 1.4.3)

  • Our iframe for the form is not fully accessible and is missing descriptive, meaningful and unique titles. This may cause navigation issues to our screen reader users.

(WCAG 2.4.1, WCAG 4.1.2)

  • Some users with Assistive technologies may struggle to navigate on our pages, as we are aware of missing ARIA parent and child roles to perform accessibility functions and provide structural context to our users.
  • (WCAG 1.3.1)

Some documents and content are exempt from the regulations (such as live video content and PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services), so we do not currently have any plans to make them accessible. But if you need to access information in one of these document types, you can contact us and ask for an alternative format.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • No video captions, transcriptions or audio descriptions
  • Colour contrast issues
  • Website content not navigable using a keyboard
  • Content is not optimised to display on different screen sizes or orientation
  • No text alternatives for non-text content]

Some elements on our pages cannot be accessed via keyboard, as well as the focus is not always visible. This makes it difficult to identify which element is being selected. This also includes selecting the main menu. Known keyboard traps: View Course menu, selecting University’s switchboard number, Tweeter feed. This fails WCAG 2.1.1, WCAG 2.1.2, WCAG 2.4.7. We plan to fix this by March 2022.

Disproportionate burden

 Not applicable

Reporting accessibility issues

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille or if you find any accessibility issues not listed on this page then please contact

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 7 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’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

How we test this website

This website is currently being tested for accessibility compliance on May 2021, and these tests have been carried out internally.

Last updated

This statement was prepared on 19th May 2021. It was last updated on 19th May 2021