This accessibility statement applies to www.cranfield.ac.uk.

This website is run by Cranfield University. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts;
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen;
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard;
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software;
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. However, due to the nature of the content, some of our more technical pages have higher readability indices.

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

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot easily tab through our content;
  • some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software;
  • live video streams do not have captions. We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations;
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard;
  • you can’t skip to the main content when using a screen reader;
  • there’s a limit to how far you can magnify our campus map as defined by Google.

Each department that publishes content on www.cranfield.ac.uk is responsible for making sure it meets the accessibility regulations. 

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF or large print:

Email: accessibility@cranfield.ac.uk.

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

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: accessibility@cranfield.ac.uk.

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

If you wish to contact us by phone you can call +44 (0)1234 750111. You can also use our how to find us page which has information including directions and Google maps.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Cranfield University 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.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.1.1: Non-text Content
Some pages have images with white space in alternate text (alt= ‘ ‘).
Some pages have decorative images that have alternative text.
Planned to be fixed by December 2022.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 2.4.4: Link Purpose
Some pages have links without discernible alternative text.
Some pages have buttons without discernible alternative text.
Planned to be fixed by December 2023.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.8: Visual Presentation
Some pages have elements with a line height which is below the minimum size.
Planned to be fixed by December 2023.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 4.1.2: Name, Role, Value
Some pages have Radius forms which are missing assistive labels for controls.
Some pages have iframes without a descriptive, meaningful and unique title.
Some pages have elements that are aria-hidden but are still focusable.
Planned to be fixed by December 2024.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 4.1.1 Parsing
Some pages have elements with non-unique ID elements (some forms pages).
Planned to be fixed by December 2024.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum)
Some pages have elements that do not have sufficient colour contrast.
Planned to be fixed by December 2024.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.3.1: Info and Relationships
Some pages have empty or missing headings (for example, home page).
Some pages have a non-logical order for headings.
Some pages have content not contained within landmarks (for example, search bar, progress bar).
Planned to be fixed by December 2024.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.8: Visual Presentation
Some pages use fixed sizes for fonts which stop font scaling to larger values.
Some pages have clipped/overlapping text when resized.
Planned to be fixed by December 2024.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 2.4.1: Bypass Blocks
Missing skip to main content link.
Planned to be fixed by December 2024.

WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 2.4.7: Focus Visible
Missing visual indicator.
Some interactive elements are not keyboard focusable.
Planned to be fixed by December 2024.

WCAG Success Criterion 2.4.3 (Focus Order)
Some elements within the page do not have a logical tab order.
Some navigation menus cannot be expanded using the keyboard.
Planned to be fixed by December 2024.

The above known issues are on our accessibility roadmap.

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

PDFs and other documents

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. By September 2023, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

We are working through existing PDFs to ensure that they meet the regulations, part of this is education for our users.

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

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will aim accessibility standards.

Live video

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

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We engaged AbilityNet to conduct a review of the website (July 2020) and are actively working towards making the site more accessible.

We regularly use our quality assurance software provided by SiteImprove to monitor our site, www.cranfield.ac.uk, and this reports every five days on any issues arising.

We use Deque axe DevTools browser extension to regularly check changes to pages and components.

Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website. You can also view our page on how we test for accessibility on a regular basis.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 10/10/2019. It was last reviewed on 15/08/2022.

This website was last tested in July 2020. The test was carried out by AbilityNet. As a result of this test actions were taken to improve issues that were flagged within the report. We also have tested our page templates and components as a sample to help flag any issues that can either be fixed or added to our roadmap.