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Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Imperial Venues website – www.imperialvenues.co.uk. The Imperial Venues website is operated on behalf of Imperial College London. Imperial is committed to making our digital presence as accessible as possible and endeavour to make all aspects of this website compliant with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the Accessibility Regulations) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, AA Standards.

For example, this means that:

  • You can increase text size, without loss of content or functionality
  • You can listen to most of the website using a screen reader
  • We’ve made the website text as simple as possible to understand

How accessible is the Imperial Venues website?

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

  • Not all links are identifiable
  • The colour contrast between the text and background is not always sufficient
  • Sub menus are not accessible to keyboard users
  • Repeated menus cannot be bypassed

Technical information about accessibility of this website

Imperial College London is committed to making the Imperial Venues website accessible, in accordance with the Accessibility Regulations.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the Accessibility Regulations

Distinguishable

  1. Hyperlinks in some content blocks are not distinguishable. This means that some users may not be able to identify all links on the website. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.1. We plan to develop high contrast rollovers on all content blocks to distinguish links by, or before, September 2020.
  2. Some content on the website does not have a colour contrast of at least 4.5:1. This means that users with moderately low vision (without the use contrast-enhancing assistive technology) may not be able to read all of the content. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.3. We plan to review and improve the website design to meet these requirements by, or before, September 2020.
  3. Some of the control buttons on the website do not have a colour contrast ratio of at least 3.1. This means that users with moderately low vision (without the use of contrast-enhancing technology) may miss or not be able to access certain control buttons. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.11. We plan to review and improve the website design to meet these requirements by, or before, September 2020.

Operable

  1. Some of the pages of the website have sub menus, which are not accessible to keyboard users. This means that some of the website content cannot be accessed through a keyboard. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 2.1.1. We plan to update sub menus on the website to ensure they are accessible with a keyboard by January 2020.
  2. Navigating the main menu, which appears on every page, cannot be bypassed. This means the menu repeated content cannot be skipped by a screen reader. This does meet WCAG success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks). We plan to implement ‘skip to content’ functionality to the website menu by January 2020.

Understandable

Using the main drop-down menu, which appears on every page, causes the website content to move in an unpredictable way (content moves down the page). This does not meet WCAG success criterion 3.2.1.

We plan to review and improve the website design to meet these requirements by, or before, January 2020.

Robust

Some WordPress plug-ins used on the website cause some validation errors due to the use of the type attribute for JavaScript resources. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 4.1.1.

As these errors relate to external WordPress plug-ins, we are unable to update the HTML. We plan to look for alternative plug-in options and update where possible by September 2020.

Content that is not within the scope of the Accessibility Regulations

The Imperial Venues website may include from time to time third party content and functionality. This may direct you to a related service, link to another site or supporting documentation. We are not responsible for the accessibility of third party content or to other sites we link to.

How we tested this website

The Imperial Venues website was last tested in July 2019. The test was carried out by Userite.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the Imperial Venues website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or thing we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us by email on comarketing@imperial.ac.uk.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Accessibility Regulations. If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

This accessibility statement was prepared on 23 October 2019. It was last updated on 11 December 2019.

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