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Accessibility Statement for the Skills for Learning website

This accessibility statement applies to the Skills for Learning website at https://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/

This website is run by Leeds Beckett University. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in to at least 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • resize to a single column with no horizontal scrolling
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (we used JAWS 2018 as part of our accessibility testing)
  • find content using multiple methods (e.g. navigation menu and search feature)
  • navigate most of the website using just one finger on a mobile device
  • flip content horizontally and vertically on a mobile device
  • adjust line height for most text using a browser plug-in

We’ve also made the website 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 this website is

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

  • there is no inbuilt option to change the colours, font or text sizes
  • there is no inbuilt option to modify the line height or spacing of text
  • There is no ‘Skip to main content’ link on the Welcome page
  • there are some issues with the heading structure

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 this website’s 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

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 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 is no ‘Skip to main content’ link on the Welcome page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass Blocks). We are working on rectifying this. 

The heading structure could be improved to work better for screen readers. This relates to WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We are currently investigating further what improvements we can make, although we are limited by the technical constraints of the externally provided system used to host the Library website.

Some FAQs may also not have heading levels fully applied, so people using a screen reader cannot access headings within them via their software menu and use this to get to the content they need more quickly and easily. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). This is due to technical constraints of the externally provided system used to host the FAQs. We have reported the issue to the provider and we are awaiting a fix. Once this is in place we plan to apply heading levels correctly to all FAQs.

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

External content

We may link to external pages and other Leeds Beckett University pages which may not be accessible.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are currently investigating and working to fix the accessibility issues we have identified and detailed in the Non-accessible content section above.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 27 April 2021. It was last reviewed on 27 April 2021.

This website was tested during August 2020, when all pages and content on the site at the time were checked. Content which was found to have accessibility issues was re-tested in March 2021. All FAQs on the Skills for Learning site were also tested during March 2021. Testing was carried out by an individual member of Leeds Beckett University Library staff with advice and input from colleagues.

The pages were tested manually for conformance with WCAG 2.1 Level AA. The Gov.uk detailed checklist was used for testing, supported by guidance notes compiled from various sources including Understanding WCAG 2.1, and tools such as a screen reader (JAWS 2018), Colour Contrast Analyser, WAVE Evaluation Tool, ATbar and Line Height Adjuster. Testing was carried out using a Windows PC, Android mobile device or iPhone, as appropriate.