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Accessibility

University of Westminster Accessibility Statement for Image Library


Scope and ownership

This accessibility statement applies to the Image Library Website https://imagelibrary.westminster.ac.uk/. The Marketing team is responsible for the digital accessibility of this website.


Using the website

This website is run by the University of Westminster. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website, which means that you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts

  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen

  • navigate the website using just a keyboard

  • navigate the website using speech recognition software

  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (most well-known screen readers)

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

For more advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability, visit the AbilityNet website.


Accessibility of the website

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible and have listed the issues according to level of impact, from high to low:

Higher priority issues

  • Focus is not visible on certain components. Users who rely on keyboard may struggle to navigate and operate the content

  • There are problems with accessing the search bar and some other elements at 200% zoom

  • Some images and icons represent unique information on the page. Due to the lack of appropriate alternative text, users might miss this information   

  • Some elements have missing or inappropriate labels or instructions

  • Some pages lack appropriate page level instructions

  • There are problems with accessing the content across the site at 400% zoom

Lower priority issues

  • Some pages lack a heading structure, as heading semantics are not provided. Users cannot use the headings to understand the page structure

  • Text cannot be resized to 200% using the browser settings

  • Certain user interface components have insufficient colour contrast. Users with low vision or colour blindness may struggle to perceive the content

  • Users cannot skip repetitive content on the page, as skip links are not provided

  • Some landmark regions are not defined for assistive technology users

  • Some images contain nested links

  • There are problems accessing the cookie button when text spacing is applied


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, please visit our digital accessibility contact us webpage for information on how to request this.


Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We have tested a sample of pages on the website. If you find an issue we have not yet identified, you can report it to us. We’ll pass this information to the website owner who will review the issue, make sure it is included in our plan to fix issues and add it into the accessibility statement when it is next updated.

Please visit our digital accessibility contact us webpage for information on how to report an accessibility problem.

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).


Ways to contact us

You can contact us by email or phone. If you prefer to visit us in person, get in touch and we’ll advise on which teams are available to meet with you.

Information on how to contact us is available on our digital accessibility contact us webpage.


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Westminster is committed to making its websites 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 theWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 - AA standard, due to the non-compliances’ listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some informative icons lack alternative text. Some informative images have empty alt text or lack a descriptive alternative text (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1). 

  • Some pages have missing headings. Some pages are missing landmark tags or roles (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1). 

  • Some labels are not correctly associated with inputs (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1). 

  • The colour scheme on the website does not provide sufficient contrast for some user interface components (WCAG 2.1 criterion 1.4.3, 1.4.11).

  • There are problems with accessing some of the functionalities and some text elements do not resize at 200% zoom (WCAG success criterion 1.4.10).

  • There are problems with accessing the content across the site at 400% zoom (WCAG success criterion 1.4.10).

  • There are problems with accessing the cookie button when text spacing is applied (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.12).

  • There is no mechanism for bypassing blocks of repeated content (WCAG success criterion 2.4.1).

  • Some non-interactive elements are in focus order (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.3).

  • Some interactive elements on the site lack a visible focus indicator for users relying on keyboard (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7). 

  • Some elements have missing or inappropriate labels or instructions. Some pages lack appropriate page level instructions (WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2).

  • Some images have nested links (WCAG success criterion 4.1.1).

  • Some elements have incorrect roles. Some links are not labelled appropriately. (WCAG success criterion 4.1.2).

Disproportionate burden

N/A

Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulation

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.

We are working to review the PDFs and Word documents that are essential to providing our services. We’ll either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish after 23 September 2020 will meet accessibility standards.

Pre-recorded time-based media published before 23 September 2020

We do not plan to add captions to pre-recorded time-based media published before 23 September 2020 because these are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 08/09/2020. It was last reviewed on 08/09/2020.

This website was last tested on 16/07/2020. The test was carried out by AbilityNet, an external auditor who specialises in digital accessibility.

We took expert advice from AbilityNet to identify a sample of pages to test. AbilityNet selected a sample of webpages based on the potential challenges that inaccessible content would have on the core user-journey of the site.


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are working to address the issues identified in the ‘Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations’ section above. We will prioritise our efforts to address the issues with the highest impact on users. We are working to develop an accessibility roadmap to show how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

The University contracts with an external supplier iBase to provide this website. Therefore, some of these issues are not within our control to address. We will raise these issues with the supplier and work with them to find solutions, where possible.