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Solent University is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards.

Measures to support accessibility

Solent University takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of Solent University website:

  • Ensuring accessibility is built into all of our website design and development processes.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. Solent University website is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of Solent University website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on Solent University website:

  • Phone: 023 8201 3000
  • E-mail: webrequests@solent.ac.uk
  • Visitor address: Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN
  • Postal address: Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN

We try to respond to feedback within 3 working days.

Technical specifications

Accessibility of Solent University website relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

These technologies are relied upon for conformance with the accessibility standards used.

Limitations and alternatives

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of Solent University website, there may be some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations, and potential solutions. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for Solent University website:

  1. Colour contrasts is insufficient: In some areas of the website there may be colour contrast issues. We have identified that some of the brand colours we have used are not accessible. We are in the process of redesigning and redeveloping the entire website to ensure all areas are accessible. 
  2. Missing required WAI-ARIA states or properties: The WAI-ARIA element does not follow the specification in regards to which states and properties should be present for this type of element. This is a historic issue we have identified from the previous website redevelopment. We are in the process of redesigning and redeveloping the entire website to ensure all areas are accessible.
  3. Image with no alt attribute: The image does not have an 'alt' attribute (alt=""). Due to the way some images are configured in the CMS we are unable to add an alt image. We are in the process of redesigning and redeveloping the entire website to ensure all areas are accessible. 
  4. iFrame is missing a title: The iFrame has no 'title' attribute or the 'title' attribute is empty. Some iFrames have been added to the website without a title being added by the editor. We are in the process of redesigning and redeveloping the entire website to ensure all areas are accessible. 
  5. Element ID is not unique: The ID used for an element on the page is also used for another element on the page. This is a historic issue on the site that we are looking to address. We are in the process of redesigning and redeveloping the entire website to ensure all areas are accessible.

If you encounter any of these issues please contact webmaster@solent.ac.uk for further support and information.

Assessment approach

Solent University assessed the accessibility of Solent University website by the following approaches:

  • Self-evaluation
  • We are utilising various tools to identify accessibility issues, including SiteImprove.

This statement was last updated on 23 September 2020.

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