Accessibility on Imperial and Student blog sites

This statement applies to content published on Imperial and Students blogs. This includes all pages under wwwf.imperial.ac.uk/blog/ with the exception of Mascots blog because that site is an archive site that predates the legislation.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Responsive design (meaning the display of all content is optimised for all screen
  • Skip to main content links
  • Text resizing
  • Images have alt text

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible the website is

Parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • Some elements may not be available to users of assistive technologies like screen readers
  • some pages have poor colour contrast
  • many older documents in PDF format are not fully accessible
  • some older videos will not have transcripts

What we do about known issues

We work to achieve and maintain WCAG 2.1 AA standards, but it is not always possible for all our content to be accessible. Where content is not accessible, we will state a reason, warn users and offer alternatives.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Imperial College London is committed to making its website accessible in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the known issues listed below.

Non accessible content

The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:

  • where it fails the success criteria
  • planned dates for when issues will be fixed

Some documents and content are exempt from the regulations (such as live video content and PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services), so we do not currently have any plans to make them accessible. But if you need to access information in one of these document types, you can contact us and ask for an alternative format.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some elements on the page are not available to users of assistive technologies like screen readers. This fails success criterion 3.2.2 of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines. We plan to fix this by December 2020.
  • Some pages have poor colour contrast. This fails success criterion 1.4.3 of the WCAG 2.1 guidelines. We plan to fix this February 2021.

Disproportionate burden

We have not identified any issues that would be considered a disproportionate burden.

Reporting accessibility issues

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille or if you find any accessibility issues not listed on this page then please contact accessibility@imperial.ac.uk.

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

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 test this website

This website was last tested for accessibility compliance on September 2020, and these tests have been carried out internally.

We used a sample of blog sites that reflect the different content types and theems avaiable. The sample pages we tested were:

Last updated

This statement was prepared on September 2020. It was last updated on 22 September 2020.