Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to WESC Foundation’s website, hosted at www.wescfoundation.ac.uk

This website is run by WESC Foundation. 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 using your browser or a plugin
  • 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

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

How accessible this website is

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

  • the third-party plugins that provide social media feeds sometimes include duplicate links for screen reader users
  • older job descriptions and some of our policies are only available in PDF format or in Microsoft Word documents that are yet to be correctly formatted
  • older videos (published before September 2020) do not have closed captions and/or audio description

There are some parts of this website where content is provided in multiple ways. For example, the best way to apply for jobs at WESC Foundation is to use our accessible  online application form. We also provide that form in a print-ready version as some candidates prefer to use that format.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 7 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, then please:

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

WESC Foundation 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, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we use PDF documents for job descriptions.

By 23rd September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages or properly-structured Microsoft Word documents.

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

The homepage social media feeds are provided by a third party. Link text is missing for social media posts, and many have redundant title text. This fails success criterion 2.4.9 Link Purpose (Link Only). The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix third party content that is beyond our control.

Some pre-recorded time-based media published does not have the appropriate closed captions and/or audio descriptions. The accessibility regulations exempt content that was published before 23rd September 2020;

Please see below for how we plan to improve accessibility.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are planning to develop a new website during the 2020-21 academic and financial year. This will allow us to address the issue with the third-party social media plugins.

All new videos are created with the appropriate closed-captions and/or audio description. Older videos will be reviewed by 31st December 2020 and either removed or provided with the appropriate closed-captions and/or audio description.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 15th September 2020 and updated on 22nd September 2020.

This website was last tested on 16th June 2020. The test was carried out by D2 Creative Ltd.

A range of pages was sampled. This included all of the various templates including pages, posts, job vacancies and application forms.