Application accessibility statement
This statement applies to content published on:
Other applications that also belong to The University of Manchester are managed locally and will publish separate statements with information relevant to them.
We want as many people as possible to be able to use our applications and we are continually working towards improving its accessibility. We follow general principles of usability and universal design, and endeavour to meet level 2 (AA) of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
This application will allow you to:
- zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the application using just a keyboard or speech recognition tools
- listen to most of the application using a screen reader
- view essential audio-visual information (captions or transcriptions are provided in most cases)
How accessible this application is
We know some parts of this application are not fully accessible.
Please see the Technical Information section below for more detailed information on known accessibility issues.
Making changes to your device
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
Also, the University’s Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) application offers up-to-date information for prospective students and staff with specific learning difficulties, disabilities, sensory impairments, mental health difficulties and medical conditions.
Reporting accessibility problems with this application
Please contact us via the ‘Library Help’ pages if you require information on this application in a different format, have an accessibility query (including about content not within the scope of the accessibility regulation), identify any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements:
Please provide the web address (URL) of the application in which you find the problem, a description of the issue and your name. We will consider your request and get back to you within ten working days.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Applications and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to a complaint about accessibility please let us know. If you remain unsatisfied, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this application’s accessibility
We are committed to making our application accessible, in accordance with the accessibility regulations. This application is partially compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard, due to the instances of non-compliance and exceptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
- Some text within the application is embedded within an image. This presents issues for users that rely on screen reading technology, or those that require the text in a particular font size, foreground and background colour, font family, line spacing or alignment. (WCAG: 1.4.9)
- Some buttons (eg. ‘Log in’ button) are not labelled in a way that makes their purpose clear for all users (WCAG: 2.4.4)
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some non-essential PDF documents that were published before 23 September 2018 may not be fully accessible. All subsequent PDF documents will comply with accessibility regulations.
Our application uses, and / or links to third-party content which the University does not design or control and therefore accessibility standards may vary.
How we tested this application
This statement was prepared on 29 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 29 September 2020.
This application was last tested on 15 September 2020. The test was carried out by The University of Manchester Library. The scan report highlights any content that is not compliant with WCAG 2.1.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We have an ongoing programme of work to address any accessibility issues that are highlighted by our weekly scans. We are continually working on our content and site structure and finding ways to make the site more intuitive and easier to navigate. We are developing guidelines on how to create accessible content to help those colleagues working on our applications.