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

For example, that means you should be able to:

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

How accessible this website is

This accessibility statement applies to

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible

What to do if you cannot access parts of the website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 15 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call us +44 (0) 1962 841515 for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are in the process of improving the accessibility on this website and appreciate that access to students and staff is a priority. If you find any issues that are not highlighted in the ‘How accessible this website is’ or think we’re not meeting certain goals, use the contact details in the previous section.

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Some of our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us

Technical information about this website's accessibility

The University of Winchester is committed to making its 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 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility guidelines

Alt Text

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We have extensively worked through and added text alternatives to the majority of our images on the website. There may be a small selection of images that do not have text alternatives. We are continuing to ensure that all new images published to the website meet accessibility standards.

Tabbing Order

Throughout the website, the tabbing order either does not operate or it operates in a way that does not follow logical relationships and sequences in the content. This fails Success Criterion 2.4.3 (Focus Order) and Success Criterion 2.1.1

We plan to ensure that our website is accessible for those who rely on an operable tabbing order by February 2023.

Headings and Labels

Many pages on the website do not have a Heading, and/or appropriate (ARIA) labels attributed to them. This fails Success Criterion 2.4.6 and Success Criterion 2.4.10.

We plan on fixing the labels and headings by February 2023 and ensure that new pages are uploaded with adequate headings.

Contrast Levels

On some pages, the breadcrumb trail does not conform to the adequate colour contrast levels of 4.5:1. This fails Success Criterion 1.4.3 and Success Criterion 1.4.11.

Also, some elements on our website don’t have sufficient colour contrast. This fails Success Criterion 1.4.3.

These issues are planned to be fixed by October 2022.

Focus Visible

There are some parts of the website where elements don’t indicate whether they have keyboard focus. This fails Success Criterion 2.4.7.

We aim to fix this issue by February 2023.

Screen Reader Access

There are areas of the website that a screen reader cannot access due to the client side scripting. This fails Success Criterion 2.4.4 and 1.3.1.

We aim to fix this issue by October 2022. All new content that is added will contain links that provide adequate context.

Link Purpose

Many links on the website system do not provide context of where the user will navigate to, and whether this will occur in a new window or the current tab. Wherever possible, a link needs additional context. This fails Success Criterion 2.4.4.

We aim to fix this issue by October 2022. And all new content that is added will contain links that provide adequate context.


Content should be written as clearly and as simply as possible. In some areas, content is ‘fairly difficult to read’ based on the Flesch Reading Ease score. This fails Success Criterion 3.1.5.

We understand some areas of content on the website is fairly difficult to read, as these areas are written for an academic purpose, they will not be reviewed. The areas cover:

We aim to review other website content on an ongoing basis. Some new content that’s not listed above will conform to a ‘standard’ level of reading ease or higher.

Pause and Stop Video Content

There is video content on the website where you are unable to pause, stop and hide video content. This fails Success Criterion 2.2.2. We aim to fix this issue by February 2023.

Language of Page

Some pages do not have a valid language attribute. This fails Success Criterion 3.1.1. We aim to have this issue fixed by February 2023.

Disproportionate Burden

We are currently undergoing a large website project which will fundamentally replace existing website templates, therefore fixing most of the accessibility failures of our current website. We have carried out a disproportionate burden assessment on the issues covered by this project and decided that making these changes outside the scope of the project would be a disproportionate burden.

Please see our Disproportionate Burden web page for details on the project and project timescales.

This project is expected to be completed by March 2023.

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

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. We are currently fixing and reviewing our existing PDFs across the site.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Live Video

Live video streams do not have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions - live).

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

3rd Party Systems

Our website contains third-party systems. We do not have control over and are not responsible for the accessibility of this content, but we will endeavour to work with these parties to improve its accessibility.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 7 May 2020. It was last reviewed on 21 October 2022.

This website was last tested on 22 April 2020. The test was carried out by HeX Productions.

All pages available on the main menu of the website were audited for a multitude of technical and content issues, these have been highlighted in the Accessibility Statement.