Doncaster College and University Centre is committed to being an inclusive and accessible organisation. We designed and developed our website to meet web standards and practices to ensure the website itself and content included on it is as accessible as possible.
How we test our website
During development of any new content or feature, we use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 to inform design and development. We also periodically test our website using the online testing tools recommended by gov.uk. Any issues raised or flagged by the online tests are manually checked and corrected if required.
We also respond to user reports where issues are raised.
Our websites include some legacy content developed or created prior to our current website. We know some of this content does not meet web standards and are gradually removing this content piece by piece.
Some of our older PDFs do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be fully accessible to a screen reader. We are working to replace all of this content where possible, and all new content created for the website is designed to be available in multiple formats.
Some content we publish in PDF format such as advertising brochures prospectuses include content which is not fully accessible. Where this occurs, all content does also exist on our website in other formats for example our course pages and course subject area pages.
Where possible, videos and audio are accompanied on our web pages by the relevant content in other forms. For example student testimonials may be in video format with quotes also used around the page content.
We do not provide transcripts or audio description for all our videos, however subtitles are available for our videos using the automated service provided by YouTube.
Occasionally we have produced or been provided with produced artwork where text is placed over images and the contrast may not be as high as we would like. This will be avoided where possible and we will ensure that any information displayed in this manner is also available in an accessible format.
Occasionally we have produced or been provided with externally produced artwork where text is placed over images and the text size may not be as large as we would like. This will be avoided at all where possible and we will ensure that any information displayed in this manner is also available in an accessible format on the page.
- January 2021 – New website launched
- January 2021 – Increased default text size + header navigation size to improve readability. Some content may still exist in smaller sizes but will adjust with page zoom or browser text size preferences, including for example where a user has added content and included an overriding text style option
- 27 February 2021 – Skip links are now more accessible. Entering any page and pressing the tab key or via other means to the first items will focus to the skip links, direct to main content or direct to the website menu.
- 1 March 2021 – New home page rotating banner system. This now offers keyboard navigation, adds visibility of the number of slide items in total, and pauses during hover/interaction
- October 2021 – New website design including an accessible primary navigation menu which is click/tap operated instead of hover driven. Also this will allow expansion of menu headers on mobile devices. The menu will be fully keyboard and screen reader accessible.
Our Online Learning Platforms
We use a number of systems to provide online learning content and communication. Primarily, these are Canvas, Microsoft Teams, and Office 365. You can find out more about the accessibility statements for these services using the following links:
Content on our Online Learning Platforms
We’re aware that some content on our online learning platforms may not be fully accessible in its current state. We are currently (May 2021) developing training for all members of staff within the organisation on how to check, correct, and create accessible content.
We intend to publish our own accessibility information about content we produce for the online learning platforms following a full audit of the existing and upcoming materials.
If you have any difficulties with accessing content via our online learning content, please speak to your tutor or use the information provided below.
If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or think we are not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, please contact us via our Feedback and Complaints page.
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 are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).