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Accessibility statement

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This accessibility statement applies to www.uclan.ac.uk

This website is partially compliant with the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1, level AA due to the non-compliance listed below.

There are customisation tools available via your browser or personal device that will improve your online experience if you have a disability. AbilityNet - How to use My Computer My Way has step-by-step advice on making your computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone easier to use. 

Our website is designed for as many people as possible in mind. We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to all users and one that provides a positive user experience. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

Browse access guides to University buildings:

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible because it is not compliant with WCAG 2.1, level AA.

Scroll or swipe on small screens to see all table columns

Accessibility problem Description WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria

Scrollable element is not keyboard accessible

These pages have a scrollable section that can't be operated by keyboard.

Example page: Health (DProf)

2.1.1: Keyboard

Hidden element has focusable content

A page element with the attribute aria-hidden="true" contains focusable elements (elements that can receive focus from a keyboard).

Example page: Nursing

1.3.1: Info and Relationships

4.1.2: Name, Role, Value

 Video player controls

When navigating with a keyboard it is possible to navigate away from the video with the focus still being on the video.

Example page: Applicants page

2.1: Keyboard Accessible

 Form accessibility

Some of our online forms have the following issues:

  • Form questions not read out by screen reader

  • Success message is not read out by screen reader 

Example page: Order a prospectus

1.3.5: Identify Input Purpose

Links and buttons

There are several instances of buttons which look like links, and links which look like buttons.

Example page: Home page

1.3.1 Info and relationships

Breadcrumb text has low contrast

On some pages, where the breadcrumb sits over light images, the contrast of the breadcrumb is too low.

Example page: Clearing

1.4.3 Contrast

Some menu options unavailable and scrolling required at 400% zoom

When viewed at 400% zoom or on a small screen the menu does not show all options and requires horizonal scrolling.

Example page: Home page

1.4.10 Reflow

Opening the main menu moves focus to top of page

When using a keyboard and selecting a navigation item you have to scroll through the top level navigation items again before you get to the sub-items.

Example page: Home page

2.4.3 Focus order

Drop down menus are not accessible by screen reader

Drop down filter menus can not be easily navigated using a screen reader.

Example page: News

2.4 Navigable

What we’re doing to address these issues

We carry out our own testing on a regular basis using screen reader software, colour contrast analyser and keyboard only. We also use the automated tool SiteImprove to flag up any issues and review these monthly.

We have a roadmap of development and aim to have the above issues fixed as soon as possible and no later than May 2023.

We also have an audit planned by an external company and the results of this will feed into the development roadmap.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Whilst we make every effort to ensure our website is accessible, there is some content that we are not fixing straightaway as a priority. This content is currently exempt under accessibility legislation.

If you require a more accessible format

If you need information on this website in a different format like an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 2 working days.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 3 May 2022 using information from a self-assessment carried out by the University of Central Lancashire and automated testing.

The statement was last reviewed on 7 December 2022.

Feedback and contact information

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, please contact the web team.

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, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).