At Birkbeck, we take accessibility very seriously and it forms part of our broader, formal policy on disability. Birkbeck is committed to equality of opportunity and access for all and we welcome students with disabilities.
As part of this, we are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to all visitors and users, to enable them to have full access to our website and so participate fully in the life of the College. We are always working to improve web accessibility and usability.
We aim to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) AA standards on all our web resources. Our new website design has been developed and approved with accessibility in mind at every stage. Accessibility is a key element of any website user testing we undertake, with users’ feedback informing improvements and future developments.
We acknowledge that this is a work in progress and there are improvements that can be made.
Here are some of the ways in which our site has been made accessible to all users:
- We are continually working to ensure our website is written in plain English and is easy to read and comprehend.
- We ensure that our designs are colour compliant for the benefit of colour blind and partially sighted users.
- We provide text alternatives for images, so that text readers can let blind and partially sighted users know what’s on a page.
- We try to write text for our links that makes sense out of context and that describes the page, document or resource the link points to.
- We use a piece of accessibility software called Recite Me, which is available across our website, so that anyone using our site can customise it to make it easier for them to use.
If you find an accessibility issue on our website, please contact us and we will try to fix the problem.
To find out more about how Birkbeck supports students with disabilities, please visit our Disability and Dyslexia Service.