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Using this website

This accessibility statement covers the University of Chester corporate website hosted at chester.ac.uk. We have several websites and a mobile application each of which are being reviewed and have their own accessibility statement.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

 For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
  • Navigate most of our online forms using just a keyboard

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

How accessible this website is

Our website is based on a complex centralised Content Management System (CMS) launched before 23 September 2018. As such, some parts of our website are more accessible than others.

We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

  • some elements are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • some links and images do not have text alternatives
  • pages are missing a language attribute
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible
  • live video streams, and most older videos, don’t have captions
  • some elements do not have an adequate colour contrast

Feedback and contact information

Please contact us if you need information on this website in a different format by emailing webteam@chester.ac.uk, specifying the format you would like to request.

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

If you are unable to view the maps provided on contact or course pages email enquiries@chester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1244 511000 for directions.

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, contact webteam@chester.ac.uk with the details on the issues you have found and link to the page this refers to.

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 Chester 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.

Non-accessible content

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

Keyboard and focus

Some interface components aren’t navigable through keyboard use alone. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard). Not all components on the page have a visible indication when they have input focus. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visable). The keyboard and focus issues are currently being reviewed and we plan to correct these issues by May 2022.

Navigation and accessing information

It is not always possible to bypass repetitive content through our ‘skip to main content’ option. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass Blocks). We are reviewing the ‘skip to main content’ option and plan to correct this issue by July 2022.

Some elements of our site are not contained by landmarks. Some list items are also not wrapped inside the correct ul or ol parent elements. This Fails WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 (Information and Relationships). We are reviewing these issues and plan to correct these by July 2022.

Images, video and other multimedia

Not all our images have text alternatives, and some images are not coded as either meaningful or decorative. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). Not all pre-recorded video-only content is accompanied by an equivalent text or audio alternative. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.2.1 (Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded)). Not all our pre-recorded multimedia content has captions. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.2.2 (Captions (Prerecorded)). We are reviewing the images, video and other multimedia as an ongoing improvement and due to the size of the site, we plan to correct these by January 2023. When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Links

The purpose of a link is not always described by its link text alone, or by the link text together with the preceding page context. This fails WCAG success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose (In Context)). Some links on our site are not discernible by a screen-reader and have duplicate labels. This fails WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value). We are reviewing the links as an ongoing improvement and due to the size of the site, we plan to correct these by January 2023. When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of links meets accessibility standards.

Language

Our pages don’t currently have a default language. This fails WCAG success criterion WCAG 3.1.1 (Language of Page). We are reviewing the language of our pages and plan to correct this issue by May 2022.

Contrast

Some elements within our site don’t have sufficient colour contrast. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum)). We are reviewing the colour contrast issues of our pages and plan to correct these by July 2022.

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

PDFs and other documents

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

There are over 10,000 pages on this website which have been updated by a significant number of staff members since its creation. Making the website fully accessible will be a long process, however, we are committed to providing an online experience that is accessible to everyone.

In order to achieve this:

  • The University has formed an Accessibility Project group to define and execute our approach to accessibility across the organisation.
  • Web content editors will receive further training to ensure new content is fully accessible, and new pages will be vetted to ensure they meet accessibility guidelines.
  • We are looking at automated testing tools which include daily reports on accessibility performance changes so we can react quickly and address new or recurring issues.
  • Non- accessible content on priority pages (those with key university information, interactive elements and content that is currently in use) is being reviewed and addressed first to ensure that pages that are relevant to our visitors are accessible.
  • A new version of the website is being developed with accessibility at the forefront of its design and functionality. This is due to be launched in early 2023.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 1st March 2017. It was last reviewed 3rd May 2022. This website was last tested on 12th April 2022. The test was carried out by the University of Chester using automated testing tools and manual checks.

In order to decide on a sample of pages to test, we evaluated which pages were most valuable to our visitors using a combination of analysing page views and identifying pages with key actions and/or information about the university including:

  • Course pages
  • Booking events (ie open days)
  • Information about contacting/finding the university

The website will be tested again in February 2023 to review the above improvements. The next scheduled test will be performed on a new version of chester.ac.uk that is currently in development. The redeveloped website will also be tested during the design, prototype and build stages.