Accessibility

Introduction

This website is published by the University of Lincoln, UK. We want as many people as possible to be able to access and use our website and the information it contains.

Disability should be no barrier to higher education. As a civic university for the 21st century, we believe our online resources should be inclusive and accessible.

We are committed to making our website accessible in accordance with the UK Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 and Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

We also recognise our obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

 

Scope

This Accessibility Statement applies to the website www.lincoln.ac.uk. It does not necessarily apply to other linked sub-domains or partner sites. Please see the respective statements for such sites.

 

Objectives

In developing our website, we aim to use modern web technologies and practices to ensure that our site is perceivable, operable, understandable and robust.

We are working to achieve the accessibility standard WCAG 2.1 AA (as at September 2019).

 

Making Our Website Accessible

We have considered the needs of different web users, including people with visual impairment, hearing loss or deafness, reduced mobility, cognitive impairment or epilepsy.

We use a modern content management system to publish content to our website with consistent and standardised structure and styling.

We try to use clear and logical navigation structure, such as our main and side navigation menus, and predictable user interface components, such as search bars and buttons.

The fonts and colours we use have been chosen for their legibility and to provide sufficient colour contrast for users with visual impairments or colour-blindness.

Users can use tools built into modern web browsers to increase text size.

As much as possible, we try to use language and sentence structures that are easy to comprehend.

We aim to structure our web pages so that they can be navigated by people using assistive technologies, such as screen readers, or with keyboard only input.

We recognise that multimedia content can be inaccessible for some web users and aim to provide suitable alternative text, captions or transcripts where possible.

We understand that forms and tables in particular need good structure to be accessible to users with different needs.

 

Inaccessible Content

We know there are some areas of the website where we will not meet the WCAG 2.1 AA standard in full.

There may be some decorative images or multimedia content which do not provide adequate alternative text, transcripts or captions.

Some functionality, like certain interactive elements of our Virtual Open Day, may not be accessible to all users.

We do not always provide a 'Skip to Main Content' function for users of screen readers or keyboard input to skip repeated navigation elements.

There are also legacy documents and other file types (such as PDFs, Word documents or Excel files) hosted on our website which may not be fully accessible.

 

Assessments and Enhancements

We have self-assessed our site using accessibility testing tools within our Content Management System, and those available from WebAIM and Lighthouse, and attempted to address issues where possible.

We commissioned a technical audit of our website in 2018/19 which informed enhancements beneficial to web accessibility.

We provide training and guidance for staff on web accessibility.

The University of Lincoln has a Web and Digital Accessibility Working Group and is developing an institutional Web Accessibility Policy.

 

Make a Request

You can request information on this website in an accessible format and we will attempt to provide it.

If part of this website is not accessible to you, or you believe improvements can be made, please contact the University Web Team in the first instance via email: webteam@lincoln.ac.uk or phone +44(0)1522 886644.

 

Further Assistance

If you want to discuss support available at the University of Lincoln for students with disabilities, please contact our Student Wellbeing Centre by email: studentwellbeing@lincoln.ac.uk