Accessibility Statement for Newman University

Accessibility Statement for Newman University

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Last Updated: September 16th 2022

This accessibility statement applies to www.newman.ac.uk and www2.newman.ac.uk/blog.

This website is run by Newman University. 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
  • 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.

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

 

How accessible this website is

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

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader

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:

  • email: web@newman.ac.uk
  • call 0121 476 1181 ext. 2218 (ask for the Web Developer)

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

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us. View our contact details page 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: web@newman.ac.uk or phone 0121 476 1181 ext. 2218 and ask for the Web Developer.

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).

 

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Newman University 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:

  • non-compliances – this means the content in question is in scope of the regulations, but there’s an accessibility problem with it
  • an exemption – this means the inaccessible content is out of scope of the regulations, or it’d be a disproportionate burden for you to make it accessible

 

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have text alternatives for non-text content or do not correctly identify images as decorative. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We are aware that the slideshow images do not have alt tags.

We plan to fix this by end of September 2022.

Some of our PDFs and Word documents published since 2018, and older documents that are essential to providing our services, do not meet the required accessibility standards. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterions 1.3.1 (info and relationships), 1.3.2 (meaningful sequence), 1.4.3 (contrast minimum), 2.4.2 (page titled) and 3.1.1 (error identification).

We are working to resolve this in a priority-ranked order and through user training.

Some of our pages use the same link text for different destinations. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose).

We plan to resolve this by end of October 2023.

Some pages have headings that are incorrectly formatted. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

We plan to resolve this by end of October 2022.

Some pages have controls which do not change appearance when they are selected and can’t be activated. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (focus visible). The user cannot keyboard tab into the “In This Section” and the “More” menu (which appears in the footer). These issues will be fixed by end of September 2022.

The videos slider on course pages automatically updates and cannot be paused, stopped or hidden. This fails WCAG 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide. Video slider slides: focusable content should be disabled or be removed from the DOM this fails WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value.

These issues will be fixed by end of October 2022.

WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard is failed on the home page in the following areas:

  • There is no clearly visible tab focus indicator on the Course Search input in the banner image
  • The Upcoming events events receive tab focus twice each but it is only visible once.
  • Clearly visible tab focus is briefly lost when tabbing through the Latest news from Newman University, Birmingham carousel.

All pages:

  • Focus is lost for one tab between the last link of main page content (for example 'Read more' for the home page) and the Newman University logo in the footer.
  • While the user cannot keyboard tab to “More >” menu in the footer, the further options still receive tab focus; but they do not receive a visible focus indicator.
  • When the page is zoomed in at 200% or higher, the hamburger menu items receive tab focus even when the user has not expanded the menu. Visible focus is therefore lost on the links.
  • The search bar in the header does not receive a clearly visible focus indicator.

Contact us page: 

  •  Visible keyboard tab focus is briefly lost between the breadcrumb text and thefacebook icon/link.

These issues will be fixed by end of September 2022

Also there are issues when focusing by keyboard in the following area:

On knowledgebase / Help and Advice pages

  • Focus is not visible on the tab between Help & Advice
  • Focus is not clearly visible on the search button in the page banner.

Our accommodation options page: 

  • There is no clearly visible keyboard tab focus on the image carousel

These issues will be fixed by end of October 2022.

Course pages:

  • There is no visible tab focus on the “Overview” accordions. This is issue will be fixed by end of September 2022

WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (minimum): Elements must have sufficient colour contrast 

  • The “Back to…” link text fails on white on Help and Advice pages.

This issue will be fixed by end of October 2022

 

Third-party content

The site also contains a range of third-party content and functionality. This may direct you to a related service, or partner we work with. We are reviewing all such functionality and intend to work with suppliers to make that fully accessible or look for alternative solutions.

The ‘Discover Uni’ widget which appears on all course pages (we are obligated to publish these as part of our registration with the Office for Students) is not accessible due to insufficient contrast ratio and animation that cannot be paused. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterions 2.2.2 (pause, stop, hide) and 1.4.3 (contrast, minimum).

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents published before 23 September 2018

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents published before 23 September 2018 do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2.

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 will make sure that these, and any new documents we publish, will meet accessibility standards.

 

Live video

Our live video streams don’t have captions. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions – live).
We don’t plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. We will add captions to any live stream recordings that we subsequently publish online.

Online maps

We will try and ensure online maps are as accessible as possible, but online maps are currently exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are in the process of developing an accessibility roadmap. Once complete this will be published here. We will:

  • Continue to deliver training and support for all members of staff who publish/edit digital content.
  • Explore setting up a community to support colleagues leading in the accessibility area.
  • Continue to provide tools to all content editors which help them to identify and fix any accessibility issues.
  • Implement a central reporting mechanism to flag any areas of concern and direct resources to address identified issues.

 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are in the process of developing an accessibility roadmap. Once complete this will be published here. We will:

  • Continue to deliver training and support for all members of staff who publish/edit digital content.
  • Continue to provide tools to all content editors which help them to identify and fix any accessibility issues.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 2nd August 2022. It was last reviewed on 15th September 2022.

All web pages on this website are tested every month. The tests are carried out by SiteMorse.

 

 

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