Accessibility Statement

Our commitment and legal obligations

We commit to ensuring the communications we produce are clear and accessible to the widest range of people. We recognise our obligations under The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 and the Equality Act 2010.

Web standards and technologies

The website uses UAL’s MyBlogs platform which is a WordPress installation. WordPress has a WordPress Accessibility Statement. The website uses a version of the Responsive theme which is not a WordPress ‘accessibility-ready’ theme.

Some areas of the site have been tested with automated accessibility testing software such as the siteimprove accessibility checker browser extension.

The website uses HTML 5 (HyperText Mark-up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to render content. We have also used other technologies including JavaScript on certain areas of the website.

We’re working hard to make the website conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1). We recognise we have more work to do to achieve this.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-accessible sections are listed below.

Known Limitations

It has not been possible to ensure that the website meets WCAG 2.1 (AA) at the current time because:

  • Some images are missing alt text descriptions or ‘null’ alt text.
  • WAI-ARIA labels are missing descriptions and in some cases content is not included in ARIA landmarks.
  • The element IDs of the widgets are not unique.
  • In some cases HTML is used to format content rather than CSS.
  • On some pages some links are not unique. This includes ‘Read more’ & ‘No comments’ links.
  • We embed third-party videos (e.g. from YouTube) and this content may not be accessible. iFrames are used to embed video and in some cases the iFrames are missing the title attribute.
  • Some of our downloadable files are not accessible.
  • Headings are not always semantic due to the Responsive theme.
  • The site is not entirely navigable by keyboard. The tabbing order may not always be logical. There is no visual indicator of the tabbing location
  • Colour contrast between some text and the background may not be sufficient.

We are working to meet the compliance as specified in The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Some of the limitations cannot be addressed as they are caused by the Responsive theme which we cannot amend.

Contact us

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, please contact us.

Alternative versions

If you are not able to access a service or content on the website, contact Matt Lingard, Please include details of the content you need and the required format. We will then work with the LCC Teaching Hub Editors to get you what you need.

Issues and complaints

To report an issue with the website or to make a complaint, please contact
Matt Lingard, We aim to provide you with an initial response within 48-hours and will provide clear information about how we will deal with your enquiry.

If you feel we have not answered your complaint satisfactorily, please contact us again. We will escalate your complaint to Adrienne Tulley, who will work with the LCC Teaching Hub editors to get you a response.

This statement was prepared on Tuesday 26th November 2019. It was last updated on Tuesday 26th November 2019 .

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).