Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for Grantham College Website

This accessibility statement applies to

 This website is run by Grantham College and University Centre. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, this 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
  • 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

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

  • Video content does not have captions.
  • Some older documents are not fully accessible to screen reading software.
  • Some functionality cannot be controlled via the keyboard, such as the virtual tours.
  • Some pages contain images of text that cannot be read using a screen reader.

Feedback and contact information

Tell us if you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, or call 01476 400200.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

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 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

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Grantham College and University Centre is committed to making its 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 and exemptions’ listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and other documents do not meet accessibility standards. We are working to review PDFs and other documents published after 23rd September 2018. In addition, we are working to identify and review older PDFs and other documents that are essential to providing our services. Once reviewed, we will either fix the issues, provide an alternative or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

Image descriptions

We have made improvements to our website and the majority of images now contain meaningful alternative text. However, some images remain that do not have a suitable text alternative, for example within older News and Blog pages. This means that people using a screen reader cannot access the information and fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content). We plan to ensure that all images have text alternatives by July 2021. When we publish new content, we will make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Images of text

We have tried to ensure that our website content does not include images of text, however some images may still include text content, for example within older News and Blog pages. This fails WCAG 2.1 1.4.5 (Images of Text). We are continuing to audit our content and aim to ensure our content does not include images of text by July 2021.

Page titles

Some documents may remain that do not have titles that describe the topic or purpose of the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.2 (Page Titled). We are reviewing this in our document audit.

Interactive elements

We have made improvements to ensure that most of our content and functionality is now accessible via a keyboard, however some issues remain. The virtual tours on the homepage and within the subjects pages cannot be accessed or controlled via a keyboard. To improve the experience for screen reader users, we have added screen reader only text to make them aware of this. We are currently exploring the possibility of creating virtual tours that are fully accessible.

Disproportionate burden

We have not identified anything that qualifies as disproportionate burden as of yet, but we are still evaluating our sit and may update this in future if we identify issues that would qualify as disproportionate burden.

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

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. As above, we are working to review the PDFs and other documents that are essential to providing our services. We will either fix these, provide an alternative or replace them with accessible HTML pages. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Pre-recorded video

The accessibility regulations do not require us to add captions and transcripts to pre-recorded video published before 23 September 2020. We do not plan to add captions to the pre-recorded videos on our website as they were all published before this date. We will make sure that any new videos we publish meet the accessibility standards.

Third part content

Our website contains third party content and functionality. We do not have control over the accessibility of this but will consider the accessibility of third party content and functionality when we make updates to our website in future.

The third party content and functionality includes:

  • Content from social media platforms
  • Videos hosted on YouTube – missing frame titles
  • Captcha tools – missing form labels
  • Google maps – not accessible via a keyboard and missing alternative text on controls
  • Virtual tours – controlled by a third party plugin that is not accessible via a keyboard

 Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 14th December 2020. It was last reviewed on 8th February 2021.

This website was last tested on 5th February 2021. We carried out the test ourselves and this involved the use of automated testing tools (WAVE) and manual testing following an accessibility checklist. A representative sample of pages was tested targeting key user journeys.

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