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Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to https://www.msp.ac.uk/, run by the University of Kent. The content on this website is designed for everyone to find, read, and understand. It is compatible with assistive technologies and developed to meet the accessibility standards outlined in this statement.

View the site your way

There are a number of customisation options for your browser and device that could help you use this website and other websites more effectively.

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

Explore some of our recommendations for tools that can make your online experience better.

Feedback and contact information

Please contact us if you have an accessibility query including:

  • If you are experiencing issues with accessing information or using the website
  • If you find an accessibility problem not listed on this statement
  • If you have positive feedback on the accessibility considerations made.

When you contact us there is a process in place that will acknowledge your contact, tell you who is dealing with it and give you a timescale by which you can expect a reply.

Alternative formats

We’ve designed our content to be as accessible as possible by providing maximum personalisation. If you still experience barriers, you can request alternative formats. For more information please contact us.

Complaints process

If you have reported a problem with our website, or asked for an alternative format, but you are not happy with our response, you can contact us to register your difficulty. This helps us improve our processes. 

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Kent is committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

We formally test the accessibility of key user journeys that represent the breadth of content across our website on a regular basis against WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

Some parts of the website may not work for everyone. Below are known issues that we either need to fix, cannot fix, or do not need to fix right now.

If you find something that does not work that we missed, remember to contact us.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

This section covers issues that we need to fix and are working to do so.

Issues with text

Some link text doesn’t make sense when read on its own (for example, ‘click here’).

We plan to fix the existing links by September 2020. When we publish new content, we will make sure link text meets accessibility standards.

Issues with contrast

Some parts of the site have insufficient colour contrast this is true of both text and non-text items.

Issues with interactive elements

Some of our interactive elements don’t have the required descriptive tags. This means some of our interactive widgets such as carousels don’t inform screen reader users of the current state of the widget. Also, some parts of content cannot be accessed by arrow keys or Enter key and some of the forms cannot be interacted with by keyboard.

We plan to make all existing interactive elements and widgets compliant by September 2020. When we launch new interactive elements and widgets we will make sure they meet this accessibility standard.

Navigation

Some parts of the site do not have consistent navigation and the layout may differ from other pages on the site. In addition, we are aware of one keyboard trap on a part of the site.

Issues with images, videos and other media

Some images on our website don’t have appropriate alternative text. We plan to make relevant non-decorative images compliant by September 2020. Where we add new images, these will be made to meet accessibility standards.

Some videos and audio on our website does not have the required caption controls or transcriptions available. The regulations don’t require us to publish fully accessible video and audio content until new content is created after September 2020.

Disproportionate burden

This section covers issues that we cannot fix right now. We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues but believe that doing so would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the law.

Not applicable.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

This section covers issues that we do not need to fix right now. The law calls these exemptions.

PDFs and documents

Some of our PDFs and documents that are not essential to providing our services were published before 23rd September 2018. Any new PDFs or documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

If you experience difficulty accessing these documents please refer to our list of tools that can help with access or you can request alternative formats. For more information please contact us.

Maps

Our website uses online maps. Where there is a map, the information being displayed is provided in an alternative format on the same web page.

For example, on our contact us page we have a map to show users where our offices are located. If you cannot read the map we also have our address listed and full contact information if you need help finding us.

Third party content

Our website contains third-party content. We do not have control over and are not responsible for the accessibility of this content, but we make best endeavours to work with the third party to improve its accessibility. This may include:

  • Links to non-University of Kent websites
  • Content/functionality on our website
  • Content hosted on other websites, such as social media sites.

Some of our third party partners publish their own accessibility statements:

  • We are supporting the public sector initiative to add third party statements to a central repository (SearchBOX). This will make it easier for us to share the statements we create and encourage suppliers to help us by creating accessibility statements for their own content by default.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 02 April 2020. It was last reviewed on 17 May 2020.

This website was last tested on 17 September 2019. The test was carried out by University of Kent.