This website is run by University of the Arts London (UAL). This accessibility statement applies to this website. Other websites and browser based systems on the arts.ac.uk domain have their own accessibility statements.
We commit to ensuring this website is as accessible as possible and we want as many people as possible to be able to use it. This means that you should be able to:
- access the website regardless of the device and browser you are using
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).
We have also tried to make the website text as easy to understand as possible although we recognise we have more work to do on this.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
We use Recite Me on the website, which is a cloud based accessibility and machine translation tool. Recite Me allows you to customise our website content so that you can consume it ways that work for you. It includes:
- a screen reader
- a ruler
- a screen mask
- colour contrast options
- text re-sizing
- the option to download text as an audio MP3 file
- alternative font options including OpenDyslexic
- a language translation tool.
Recite Me works by placing cookies on your device. Information about these cookies is available on our Cookies page.
The Recite Me translation tool uses machine translation and text that is translated on the site may not be entirely accurate.
Recite Me doesn't remove the need for an accessible website and we want to make our website as accessible as possible so you can easily find and access the information you need.
We want you to have the best possible experience while navigating around our site and realise we have more to do to achieve this.
How accessible this website is
We know that some parts of the website are not fully accessible:
- While you should be able to navigate most of the site using a keyboard, in some cases the keyboard focus behaviour is not correct and some image caption controls are not accessible.
- Some images may not have alternative text descriptions while other decorative and spacer images may not have appropriate alternative text.
- In some cases, text has been styled to look like headings.
- Some information is presented in tables which are not accessible.
- Some links need more descriptive accessible names.
- Some of the text on the website is not written in Plain English.
- Some of our embedded forms may not be accessible.
- Some of our legacy videos embedded on the site do not have subtitles or closed captions.
- Some of our downloadable documents are not accessible to screen readers users.
- Embedded maps (such as Google Maps) and virtual tours may not be fully accessible.
- Social media content that is fed into the website may not always be accessible.
- We use World Pay as one of our payment processors for our Short Courses. Images that are displayed during the payment process don’t have alternative text, which may cause difficulties for screen reader users.
- We use instant messenger (IM) chat on some pages of the website, which allows you to contact us in real time. We use Salesforce to deliver our chat service and the Salesforce product is mostly compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard. Read the accessibility conformance report from Salesforce (PDF 1MB).
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in an alternative, more accessible format please contact our Digital Team at email@example.com.
Please include details of the content you need and the required format or the service you are trying to access. We will then work with the team who own the content or the service to get you what you need.
We aim to provide you with an initial response within two working days and will provide clear information about how we will deal with your request.
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, contact our Digital Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim to provide you with an initial response within two working days and will provide clear information about how we will deal with your enquiry or complaint.
If you feel we have not answered your enquiry or complaint satisfactorily, please contact us again. We will escalate your enquiry or complaint to the Assistant Head of Online Services who will work with the team who provides the service/content to get you a response.
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
For information about contacting us by phone or to arrange a visit to our offices please visit the Contact us page.
More information about accessing our buildings is available from AccessAble.
Our commitment and legal obligations
We commit to ensuring the communications we produce are clear and accessible to the widest range of people.
We recognise our obligations under The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 and the Equality Act 2010.
Technical information about this website's accessibility
UAL is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
- Linked images don’t have appropriate alt text while some decorative images have descriptive alt text. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A).
- Some of the images in our Stories and in Virtual Tours are missing alt text altogether. In addition, our tracking pixel images are missing alt attributes. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A).
- Social media links need more descriptive accessible names. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A).
- Course specification documents in PDF format are auto-generated and are not fully accessible due to issues with the reading order, bullet points and tables. These documents fail WCAG success criteria 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A) and 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
- Incorrect ARIA roles have been used in the header menu. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
- Some text is styled to look like headings but has not been coded as appropriately. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
- Some form fields on the site have not been labelled in an accessible way. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
- All gallery images are exposed to a screen reader even when gallery is closed. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
- The meaningful sequence of custom drop down menus is not logical. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.3.2 Meaningful Sequence (Level A).
- Some link text is not styled. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.1 Use of Colour (Level A).
- Some colour combinations not not have a sufficient colour contrast ratio. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) (Level AA).
- Some content is cropped and it cannot be scrolled to at 320 pixel width. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.10 Reflow (Level A).
- Some caption controls are not keyboard accessible and neither are our virtual tours. This fails WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard Accessible (Level A).
- The Keyboard focus behaviour not correct for search filters nor is it correct for tab panels on our course pages. This fails WCAG success criterion 2.4.3 Focus Order (Level A).
- In some cases the keyboard focus outline is not visible or is cropped in places meaning not all four sides are visible. This fails WCAG success criteria 2.4.7 Headings and Labels (Level AA).
- The site has some code structure/parsing errors. Additionally, non-unique ID values are also present in the code. This fails WCAG success criterion 4.1.1 Parsing (Level A).
- Some iFrames are missing a title attribute. This includes tracking, YouTube, Google Maps and Virtual tour iFrames.
- Some caption controls have no accessible name nor do some buttons in Virtual Tours. This fails WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A).
- Some controls in the image galleries are unlabelled. This fails WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A).
- Search courses tab panels don’t have the correct semantics. This fails WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A).
- When you purchase one of our Short Courses you have the option to pay using World Pay. Images that are displayed during the World Pay payment process don’t have alternative text, which may cause difficulties for screen reader users. Unfortunately, it's out of our control to resolve the issue because World Pay is third party solution that we have no control over. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A).
Content that’s not within scope of the accessibility regulations
- Time-based media published before 23 September 2020 may not be fully accessible. This includes our video content published on platforms such YouTube or Vimeo and audio content published on platforms such as SoundCloud that is embedded on the website.
- Documents that were published on the website before 23 September 2018 that are not needed for active administrative processes relating to tasks performed by UAL.
- Embedded maps on the website may not be not be fully accessible. We aim to provide navigational information in an alternative format where relevant.
What we're doing to improve accessibility
We have implemented a new design system on the website and have released a number of new components for our editors to use. Components are the building blocks of our website, including buttons, cards and banners, which can be combined in various ways to create our webpages. These components were designed and built with accessibility in mind and every component has gone through or will go through further accessibility testing.
In some areas of the site, old components are still in use and these may not be accessible. We are in the process of updating all pages on the site so that they use our new components.
We recognise we have a lot more to do to ensure that all the documents on the website are accessible.
We have audited the website for PDFs and are working with our content editors to help them to fix the accessibility of our documents.
Course specification documents are available as PDF downloads. These documents are generated by a system called Akari Software and are partially compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA. The company that has developed this software is also called Akari Software and they are working towards improving their software so that the PDFs it generates are compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA.
Please contact us if you have difficulty with any of the documents on the site and we will work to provide you with the content in an alternative, more accessible format.
We plan to add audio description (AD) to the embedded videos (that UAL has produced) on our website. We have chosen a solution that provides AD by adding a player on top of videos that we embed from universal platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo.
We expect the process of auditing the videos on our website and adding AD to all of them to be complete by December 2022.
We regularly review the content on our website and work with our content editors to ensure that the content is meeting user needs and follows best practice.
Our website editors go through compulsory basic training which includes basic digital content and accessibility best practice. Our developers have also had technical accessibility training.
We are developing further accessibility training for UAL staff which includes accessible content and accessible documents training. There is also an accessibility information hub on our intranet that staff can refer to.
Prioritisation of issues
We are prioritising the accessibility issues above and we're aiming to fix the high priority issues first that have the biggest impact on our users.
Preparation of this statement
This statement was prepared on Monday 13 May 2019. It was last reviewed on 7 June 2022.
The website was last tested in September 2020. Testing was carried out by a third party supplier working on behalf of UAL.
The testing used the following automated accessibility tools, assistive technology and manual testing methods to test a sample of pages of our website. The pages we tested are listed below.
- Fashion design subject page
- BA Product and Furniture Design
- Study at UAL
- Undergraduate study
- Pricing and availability
- Library Services
- Student Advice Service
- Central Saint Martins
- Creative Computing Institute
- Contact us
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