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Website Accessibility Statement

University of the West of Scotland (the “University”, “us”, “our” or “we”) is committed to making our web presence as accessible as possible and we endeavour to make all aspects of our website Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 compliant. We have built our website to comply with internationally accepted web standards, including accessibility guidelines, to make it accessible to as many people as possible; but we are not complacent and welcome any feedback to improve this.

Standards Compliance

  • Valid XHTML and CSS: Our corporate pages are written in HTML5 and styled using valid CSS3 code. We validate our pages regularly to ensure this standard is maintained.
  • Web Content guidelines: We embrace and endeavour to comply with best practice guidelines such as W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

We recognise though that standards and guidelines do not necessarily address all accessibility problems, so we particularly encourage anyone having difficulties using our site to contact us directly so we can fix any outstanding problems. Comments on any matter concerning the our web presence, including the accessibility of our pages, can be sent to web@uws.ac.uk.

Navigation Aids

We have incorporated the following features into the website to help you find your way around:

Homepage link

  • All pages contain a link to the home page by clicking on the university logo


Search box

  • A search box allowing you to type in search terms and search the University site is available on every page.
  • Advanced search options are available from the search results page.


Breadcrumb trail

  • We provide a breadcrumb trail feature above the main content of each page (apart from the Homepage) to show you the path from the home page to where you are in the site.


Links

  • We try to ensure all our link text is written to make sense, even out of context.


Tabs and accordion items

  • Although our site does not conform to WAI-ARIA 1.0 at present, we have implemented our tabs and accordions to be rendered as standard sequential content to make them more useable by screen readers.

Visual design

Presentation

  • We use stylesheets for visual layout combined with structured markup of headings, paragraphs and lists to separate content from presentation.
  • The content of our pages is still readable if stylesheets are turned off or unavailable.
  • We have used relative font sizes on our pages to ensure text is resizeable in visual browsers. See the BBC's My Web My Way webpage for instructions on how to resize text in different browsers.


Images

  • As we move from our old website to new website, we are striving to ensure that all content images have alt text providing equivalent text to describe their function.
  • Purely decorative images (eg page headers) have empty alt text, i.e. alt="", which means screen readers ignore the images completely.

Browser compatibility

We test our website to ensure the information they contain is accessible in a range of different browsers as well as with screen reading software. By adhering to web standards we avoid the use of features specific to one browser. If you experience problems whilst using assistive software to access our site, please email web@uws.ac.uk.

Iframes

There are currently iframe elements on a minimal number of pages of our website. This will only affect your experience if you are using a text only browser or screen reader.

Website Feedback

UWS Staff & Students

For our staff and students, you can also use our feedback form to ask us about any content you are unable to find or thinks needs improvement for accessibility purposes.

Members of the Public

If you are not a UWS student or member of staff, please email web@uws.ac.uk.

Last updated: 07/09/2017