Accessibility

Find out how to navigate the University of Sussex website and see our accessibility statement.

Finding your way around

There are a variety of techniques you can use to navigate around the site.

You can use the top-level drop-down navigation and the site search, both of which give you access across our website and resources contained within. On most sections of the site you can use the page navigation (which appears to the left of this content) and the breadcrumb trail (which appears just above this content).

Most modern browsers support some form of built-in text resizing or page zooming. Changing the text size or zoom varies depending on the browser you are using.

Text resizing and page zooming

Resizing a page depends on the browser you are using:

PC / Internet Explorer 11

From the 'Tools' cog icon in the top right corner, select 'Zoom' and then choose your setting

PC / other browsers

Hold down the CTRL key and press + to increase the text/zoom
Hold down the CTRL key and press - to decrease the text/zoom

Mac / all browsers

Hold down the Command key and press + to increase the text/zoom
Hold down the Command key and press - to decrease the text/zoom

Known browser support for the site

Our site supports:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and above
  • Firefox – latest version
  • Safari – latest version
  • Chrome – latest version

Get advice

Refer to the AbilityNet guidance for advice on how to adjust your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings.

Contact

If you are having trouble accessing content on this site please contact us: web-accessibility@sussex.ac.uk.

Accessibility statement

This website is run by the University of Sussex. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

That means you should be able to:

  • zoom most pages 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’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. Within our content management system (CMS), we have a built in readability score tool. This generates a score which tells us if our content is easy to read.

How accessible is this website?

The website has been developed following guidelines which are aimed at achieving a good level of accessibility – we endeavour to meet with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

We have taken the following accessibility and usability guidelines into consideration when developing the site:

  • providing simple, consistent site navigation
  • providing easy to understand content
  • using style sheets for visual layout, the content can still be read with style sheets turned off or with a different style applied by your own browser set-up
  • using an easy-to-read font type
  • endeavouring to provide suitable foreground and background colour contrast
  • providing text equivalents for images, where appropriate
  • ensuring javascript degrades gracefully, so content is accessible without javascript wherever possible
  • using accessible alternatives where necessary - such as with the modified html version of the virtual campus tour.

Some known areas where we need to improve

Some areas of the website which were developed before September 2018 may not meet the AA accessibility standard, such as:

  • some images do not have alt tags
  • some pdf and other files may not be optimised for screen readers
  • some template and page components may not meet colour contrast standards
  • some video embeds do not have captions
  • live video streams don't have captions
  • some pages do not have a skip to content
  • the campus map is a pdf file and is not screen reader friendly - we do have an alternative with AccessAble and a page on how to travel to the University.

There may be other areas we have yet to pick up on as we continue to audit the site. The University is in the process of improving it's core web templates to meet AA standards. It has set up an accessibility working group and will be running workshops with devolved editors to promote the importance of accessibility and to make sure standards are adhered to.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

We endeavour to make the content on the website accessible to all. If you are having trouble accessing content on the website let us know and we will do our best to provide the information in another format:

Email: web-accessibility@sussex.ac.uk

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

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: web-accessibility@sussex.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).

How we tested this website

This website is continually tested and we have recently carried out tests on sample pages within our components library. We also crawl the site regularly  to find issues such as where images without alt tags are located. Tests are carried out internally but we are also looking into using a third party to add extra resource into this process.

The pages the components library cover and the ones we have tested are:

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have set up an accessibility working group which will oversee digital accessibility improvements. The group will form part of wider accessibility group within the University. 

An action plan will be published shortly with details of timings and the actions of the group.

This statement was prepared on 20 September 2019. It was last updated on 23 September 2019 and will be updated regularly as we move forward with our actions and research.