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Accessibility statement for Academic Skills modules

This accessibility statement applies to the following Leeds Beckett study skills modules: Academic Integrity; International Students' Academic Introduction module; Study Ready; Study Smart; Second Year Study Smart, Final Year Study Smart and Study On. Most of the modules are delivered through our virtual learning environment MyBeckett. Separate information about the accessibility of MyBeckett can be found in the Library Services accessibility statement and on the Accessibility in Blackboard Learn page.

The modules are run by Leeds Beckett University. We want as many people as possible to be able to use them. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • navigate most of the content using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the content using a screen reader 

We’ve also made the text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

The Library’s software page provides information on assistive software which may help in using our systems and websites.

How accessible the study skills modules are

We know some parts of the modules are not fully accessible:

  • there is an instance where the text contrast against the background colour is too low
  • there is an instance where link text could be more descriptive
  • there are some images which should be marked as decorative
  • there is a PowerPoint which contains two slides with the same title
  • there are some tutorials which contain drag and drop activities. Accessible alternative versions of these tutorials have been provided. 

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on the content of our systems and websites in a different format (for example accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille) please email libraryaltformats@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. We'll consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our systems and websites. If you find any problems or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact h.loughran@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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

The Library supports the use of The Next Generation Text Service. Alternatively you can email us or contact us by online chat.

You can find out all the ways you can get in touch with us on the Library website Contact Us page.

Technical information about these modules' accessibility

Leeds Beckett University is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

The study skills modules are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.2 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

There are some images which should be marked as decorative to support screen reader navigation. This fails WCAG 2.2 success criterion 1.1.1: Non-text Content.

There is an area where the text contrast against the background colour is too low which can make it difficult to read, particularly for people with low vision. This fails WCAG 2.2 success criterion 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum).

There is a PowerPoint which contains two slides with the same title. This fails WCAG 2.2 success criterion (2.4.2: Page Titled).

There are some tutorials which contain drag and drop activities. Accessible text alternative versions of these tutorials have been provided, however there is no single pointer alternative available. This fails WCAG 2.2 success criterion 2.5.7 (Dragging Movements). 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

The issues detailed in the Non-accessible content section above will be addressed when the modules are next updated. We are currently reviewing and updating our internal accessibility guidance, and when we publish new content we'll aim to make sure it meets accessibility standards. We continue to check new and updated content for accessibility.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 11 December 2023. It was last reviewed on 11 December 2023.

The modules were last tested between June 2022 and August 2023. The testing was carried out by Leeds Beckett University Library staff.