Accessibility at USW

Accessibility statement for USW Website

This accessibility statement applies to https://www.southwales.ac.uk

This website is run by the University of South Wales. 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)

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

How accessible this website is.

Our website has many sections, which are delivered with different systems. We have collected issues we’ve found under the sections they relate to. We hope this will make it easier for you to access the information you need.

The Main recruitment website (starting at www.southwales.ac.uk) has the following issues

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

  • Some of the text on our website is not as easy to read as it could be due to poor contrast.
  • Some of our interactive elements such as forms and buttons do not have useful labels or text, making them harder to use.
  • Our page structure is sometimes not as clear as it should be making it harder to make sense of the information based on how it’s structured.
  • We have some slideshows and ‘carousels’ that are not easily used with a keyboard.
  • Our alternative text on images is sometimes confusing.

Our ‘Induction Timetables’ site has the following issues.

  • Some of the text on our website is not as easy to read as it could be due to poor contrast.
  • Our page structure is sometimes not as clear as it should be making it harder to make sense of the information based on how it’s structured.

Feedback and contact information

Please contact us if you have an accessibility query including:

  • If you are experiencing issues with accessing information or using the website
  • If you find an accessibility problem not listed on this statement
  • If you have positive feedback on the accessibility considerations made.

When contacting us, please provide:    

  • The web address of the page where you found the problem.    
  • A description of the problem (and whether this was mobile or desktop).  
  • The name and, if possible, version of the web browser being used.    
  • Details of any assistive technology being used (for example, a screen reader).    

Email [email protected]

Contact Us - https://www.southwales.ac.uk/contact-us/

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please Contact Us

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

Find out how to contact us https://www.southwales.ac.uk/contact-us/

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of South Wales is committed to making this 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 listed below.

Non-accessible content

We formally test the accessibility of our website on a regular basis against WCAG 2.1 AA standards

Some parts of the website may not work for everyone. Below are known issues that we either need to fix, cannot fix, or do not need to fix right now. If you find something that does not work that we missed, remember to contact us.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

This section covers issues that we need to fix and are working to do so.

We may need to work with 3rd party suppliers to fix some issues.

Main USW Website

https://www.southwales.ac.uk/

Contrast Issues

Some pages have elements with low contrast between the element and its background, particularly when under focus. This can cause text to be difficult to read, especially for those with low vision, poor eyesight, or colour blindness (WCAG: 1.4.3).

We plan to fix this.

Buttons without discernible text

Some of our buttons do not have accessible names. This means the button may be inaccessible for People using Screen Readers or other assistive devices (WCAG: 4.1.2)

Issues with HTML structure

Our HTML pages are sometimes lacking in structure. It does not conform to recommended practice. (WCAG: Best Practice)

We plan to correct this.

Text in Images, repeated in alt attributes

Alternative text on our site of images should not be repeated as text (WCAG: 2.4.7)

We will change the systems to allow us to fix this.

Induction Timetables

https://www.southwales.ac.uk/getting-started/timetables-induction/

Contrast Issues

Some pages have elements with low contrast between the element and its background, particularly when under focus. This can cause text to be difficult to read, especially for those with low vision, poor eyesight, or colour blindness (WCAG: 1.4.3)

We plan to correct this.

Issues with HTML structure

Our HTML pages are sometimes lacking in structure. It does not conform to recommended practice. (WCAG: Best Practice)

Partner Colleges Section

https://pcstudents.southwales.ac.uk/

Contrast Issues

Some pages have elements with low contrast between the element and its background, particularly when under focus. This can cause text to be difficult to read, especially for those with low vision, poor eyesight, or colour blindness (WCAG: 1.4.3)

Links do not have a discernible name

We use images to link to partner colleges and the links do not have clear text (WCAG: 2.4.4, 4.1.2)

We are looking to fix this.

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

https://celt.southwales.ac.uk/

This site is representative of other sections and uses the same underlying technology. Accessibility issues found here will likely be replicated (and fixed) across multiple sections

Social Media Icons

The way we have coded our social media icons could make them more difficult for screen readers to interact with. (WCAG: 4.1.2)

Contrast Issues on Link text used throughout this site.

Our link text has insufficient contrast. This can cause text to be difficult to read, especially for those with low vision, poor eyesight, or colour blindness (WCAG: 1.4.3)

We plan to fix this.

Issues with content we host on other Social Media Platforms

  • Zooming and scaling is disabled on some of the content we host on those platforms (WCAG: 1.4.4) 
  • Frames do not have title attribute (WCAG: 2.4.1, 4.1.2 )
  • Some images do not have alternative alt text (WCAG: 1.1.1)

Disproportionate burden

We are not claiming disproportionate burden for this site.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

This section covers issues that we do not need to fix right now. The law calls these exemptions.

This website links to content on third-party sites. We do not have control over and are not responsible for the accessibility of this content, but we may be able to help if you contact us.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

We automatically tested the following of pages to represent a typical journey through the site.

Main Recruitment pages tested.

https://www.southwales.ac.uk

https://myusw.southwales.ac.uk/events?level=UG&mode=FT

https://www.southwales.ac.uk/study/subjects/design/

Course Pages tested

https://www.southwales.ac.uk/study/subjects/design-degrees/

https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/bsc-hons-mathematics/

Induction Timetables

https://www.southwales.ac.uk/getting-started/timetables-induction/

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

https://celt.southwales.ac.uk/

Partner Colleges

https://pcstudents.southwales.ac.uk/

This statement was prepared on 4th January 2021. It was last reviewed on 4th January 2021 

This website was last tested on 10th September 2020. The test was carried out by IT Services in the University of South Wales.