Accessibility Statement for Creative Showcase: https://creativeshowcase.lincoln.ac.uk
This website is run by the University of Lincoln. We want everyone using our website to have as good an experience as possible.
We have therefore applied the following accessibility standards to ensure that all users —either directly from their browser or using a plugin or assistive technology — can navigate the site and access its content.
You can change the colours and contrast levels using the default controls within your browser.
You can also change the font and magnify the page to a maximum of 500% without text or links spilling off the screen.
The web page can be navigated using keyboard controls. The current link is also highlighted by a change in border colour. Use your keyboard to skip links.
Users of screen readers can also get a list of all links on a page and understand their purpose from the link text.
Use text to speech browser plugins or screen reader assistive technologies to listen to any content selected using the mouse or keyboard.
Screen readers can also help you to listen to the site content and navigate around it using menu items.
Advice on using different devices on websites is available on the My Way website.
How accessible is this website?
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) define requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. The guidelines define three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.
We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
Student submitted content
This site consists of content submitted by University of Lincoln students, including imagery, video and/or audio content. We ask all students to supply descriptive text for any images submitted to this site and provide advice on how best to do this. We also have a team of student moderators who check submissions to ensure that descriptions supplied are suitable. However, because of the creative nature of the submissions and the fact that students upload them, it is possible that some issues may arise with descriptive text provided in this way.
Video and audio content submitted is hosted on external platforms and we are dependent on the accessibility features within the embedding tools provided by these platforms for this kind of content. Students will have published this content on these platforms themselves and we therefore have no direct control over whether subtitles or other accessibility features have been provided by students.
Image content will be uploaded as JPEG or PNG and will be accompanied by alternative text. Where posters or infographics have been uploaded as images, the alternative text will describe the visual nature of the poster rather than extensively detailing textual elements. Similarly, alternative text used on all images will describe what is being visually represented, not the meaning or interpretation of any artwork.
Showcase Listing – Redundant links
The showcase listing page contains duplicate links for each showcase which link to the same page – they are therefore classed as redundant links. Thumbnail images and student names link to each individual student’s showcase page. This has been done to give users viewing the site easier access to student showcases. The course title that appears below each student name links to a different page showing showcases submitted by students from that course. Whenever a showcase listing box appears this will be the case.
This page contains a link to a PDF which may have accessibility issues.
Submitting a Showcase Form
- Missing form labels – Labels are missing from 6 elements at the base of the form, which means that screen readers may pick these up. The form has been set up in this way to store dynamic values that cannotbe seen by the user, e.g. the “course at university” and “media type” selected by the user from the drop-downs on the form.
- Orphaned form labels – The Showcase creation form contains 7 orphaned labels that are not directly associated with their corresponding field. These labels will be picked up by screen readers but can be skipped and their corresponding detail/action will immediately follow. This is a result of how the third party tool used to build the form constructs the visual layout of the form.
- Uploading content: the form does not allow users to submit image or music content to the ‘drag and drop’ file upload when using a screen reader or keyboard rather than a mouse. We have raised this issue with the third party form developer and are awaiting an update that will fix the issue. In the meantime, please complete the Report form if you require assistance with this element of the form or if you have any issues with uploading content.
What to do if you have a problem
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you encounter specific accessibility problems or issues with any of the content published on this site, please use the site Report form to let us know and we will do everything we can to rectify it.
If you have any other feedback on the accessibility of the Creative Showcase, please contact us via the following methods:
- Phone: +44 (0)1522 88200
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Postal address: Digital Education & Student Life, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS
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).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The University of Lincoln is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
We aim to respond to feedback within 5 working days.
How we tested the site
This site was last tested in September 2019 by staff at the University of Lincoln using the Wave Web Accessibility tool and the AChecker tool, with the additional use of Chrome browser extensions Axe and SiteImprove.