Web accessibility policy

Rationale

The University of Bristol acknowledges that its website is its prime form of communication and source of information for its complex and diverse range of stakeholders, which includes: prospective UK and international students; the research community; parents and carers; current students and staff; alumni and friends; business and industry; the media etc.

The University wishes to be as inclusive as possible and not discriminate against anyone on the ground of disability.

In addition, not discriminating against disabled people is a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010, and Section 3 of the QAA's Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education specifically covers what is expected of HE institution in their dealings with disabled students.

Policy statement

The University of Bristol is committed to making all its web-based information and services as accessible as possible to all people, including those with disabilities and regardless of their access requirements. The University recognises the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 as the standard against which accessibility should be assessed, and requires that:

We will continuously review this policy in the light of any future changes to the W3C's accessibility guidelines.

Implementation

To facilitate the implementation of the web accessibility guidelines, the University provides web page templates for faculties, schools, centres and services. These templates conform to the W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA standard and are deployed through the University’s web Content Management System (CMS).

In addition, accessibility has been incorporated into the University’s programme of web training courses and Web standards and best practice guide for content publishers (restricted access).

Guidelines and support

For users of the University website and web services
If you have difficulty accessing a service or information on any page on the University of Bristol website, please contact the page or service owner (usually through the feedback link in the page footer), or contact web-editor@bristol.ac.uk explaining your requirements. Wherever possible, we will endeavour to provide assistance and support.

You may also find that making changes to your operating system or browser settings resolves your access difficulties. The BBC’s My web my way (www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility) provides advice and help on making the most of the accessibility features and assistive technologies available for your computer.

For University web publishers and developers
It is the responsibility of each University faculty, school, centre and service to ensure that its website complies with this policy. All web publishers should attend the Writing effective and accessible web content course and familiarise themselves with the guidelines for creating effective and accessible web content (restricted access).

Any third party contracted to develop a website or supply a system for the University is required to comply with this policy. Please note: if you are considering using an external web design agency, you should first contact the Web Editor team in the Public Relations Office (web-editor@bristol.ac.uk).

Further help
If you have any enquiries regarding web accessibility at the University, please contact web-editor@bristol.ac.uk.