Accessibility  Accessibility statement for the University of Leeds

This accessibility statement applies to the University of Leeds digital estate.

This includes:

  • Public websites and internal websites.
  • Third-party, browser-based content funded or developed by, or under the control of, the University of Leeds.
  • Mobile applications developed for an audience that includes the general public where the University has had some control over the final product or it’s in University branding.

This website and the rest of the digital estate are run by the University of Leeds. We are applying our Web Accessibility Project plan to resolve the accessibility issues listed on this page and on the following page, Technical information about this website’s accessibility, as soon as possible. 

We want as many people as possible to be able to use our digital estate. Our plan of work to improve accessibility means, ultimately, you should be able to:

  • Navigate the digital estate using just a keyboard.
  • Navigate the digital estate using speech recognition software.
  • Listen to most of the digital estate using a screen reader, including the most recent versions of JAWS (Job Access With Speech), NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) and VoiceOver. 

We are also working to make the text across our digital estate as simple as possible to understand. 

While we are working actively to resolve the accessibility issues with our relevant websites and services, AbilityNet has advice that may make our digital properties more usable in their current state.

The University of Leeds is committed to providing an inclusive environment, and to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and we are working to apply the relevant accessibility standards. 

How accessible our digital estate is

We know some parts of our digital estate are not fully accessible:

  • Some pages have poor text colour contrast.
  • Text alternatives are not always provided for non-text content.
  • Images aren’t always coded correctly.
  • Elements of the page (links, buttons, etc.) do not always have a clear purpose.
  • Instructions and labels are not always clear, and we do not always provide context-sensitive help.
  • The reading and navigation order of links is not always logical.
  • You can’t use a screen reader everywhere.
  • You can’t use voice recognition software everywhere.

Issues from across the digital estate are listed in full, grouped by site type, under the heading ‘Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations’ on the page Technical information about the digital estate’s accessibility.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information from this digital estate in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact IT Services: 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as we can.

Reporting accessibility problems with the digital estate

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our digital estate. If you find any problems not listed in this statement or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact IT Services with the URL of the page and the issue you’ve identified:

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 concerns, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

If you have any specific questions, details for different sections of the University are listed on our contact page

Our Campus Directory is an accessible, text-based alternative to our interactive campus map.

More information about access to our campus is available in information for disabled visitors.

Page updated: 13 January 2023

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