Accessibility

Our aim is to make the website as usable and accessible as possible, so we hope you can find, access and use the material you're looking for.

Help with seeing our website

The website content is displayed using cascading style sheets (CSS) which means that you can resize the text within the web browser you are using and make it a size that you find easier to read. For more information on how to do this, please see:

The website uses responsive templates that re-arrange content according to the width of the screen you are using. This makes the content easier to read whether you are using a desktop PC, a tablet or a phone.

Help with hearing our website

Transcripts are available for most centrally produced videos.  If you need a transcript that is not currently available on the website please send a request to web-feedback@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Help with reading our website

We avoid the use of capitalisation and italics for emphasis in our page content as they can make text more difficult to read.

If you find our grey text on white background unsuitable then you can set your own colours to override this within your browser or within your operating system. For more information on how to do this, please visit:

The font style can also be overridden by the settings in the browser or in your operating system to make it easier for you to read.

Some of our pages use tabs or accordions (collapsable sections) that hide away content until clicked or selected. When using these pages with a screen reader, any tabs or accordions are announced. Keyboard-only users are able to scroll through tabs or accordions using arrow keys.

We offer help when you are searching or viewing an extendable list, such as a list of events. When you pick an option to 'show more', the focus will go to the first new result, so that keyboard-only users won't need to tab or search further to get there.

Help with navigating our website

All pages contain a link to the home page by clicking on the University of Birmingham logo and all pages include a search box: both are found in the header area at the top of the page. Breadcrumbs underneath the search box and above the page content can help users retrace steps through the site.

The site map can be found in the footer of every page. You can also use our feedback form to ask us about any content you are unable to find.

When using the mobile version of our pages, the abbreviated icons for the menu (the 'hamburger' icon) and search (the 'magnifying glass' icon) are described by screen-readers to help users know what they do.

Future plans

  • We are investigating closed captioning of videos on the site
  • We are working to remove text images and replace with text that can be resized larger if users require 
  • We will be implementing a Quality Assurance module in our Content Management System which warns website editors of accessibility issues on pages so they can be corrected before they are published to the live website

Contact

We continue to make accessibility improvements to our website in response to user feedback. If you experience an accessibility problem with this website please email your comments/questions to web-feedback@contacts.bham.ac.uk