Accessibility

This website is run by the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD). This accessibility statement applies to chead.ac.uk.

This website uses HTML 5 (HyperText Mark-up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to render content. We have also used other technologies including JavaScript on certain areas of the website.

We commit to ensuring this website is as accessible as possible and we want as many people as possible to be able to use it. This means that you should be able to:

  • access the website regardless of the device and browser you are using
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • use the high contrast text/background toggle to make text clearer where you need to
  • 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 have also tried to make the website text as easy to understand as possible although we recognise we have more work to do on this.

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 the website are not fully accessible:

  • our PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard

Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in an alternative, more accessible format please contact Anna Maloney via anna@chead.ac.uk

Please include details of the content you need and the required format or the service you are trying to access. We will then work to get you what you need.

We aim to provide you with an initial response within three working days and will provide clear information about how we will deal with your request.

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 Anna Maloney via anna@chead.ac.uk

We aim to provide you with an initial response within three working days and will provide clear information about how we will deal with your enquiry or complaint.

If you feel we have not answered your enquiry or complaint satisfactorily, please contact us again and we will escalate your enquiry or complaint.

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 email
For information about contacting us by phone or email, please visit our Contact Us page.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility
CHEAD 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 fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Disproportionate burden
Some of our online forms are not entirely navigable using a keyboard. For example, some dropdown menus and the “Submit” button can only be activated using a mouse.
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 16 October 2020.

This website was last tested on 1 September 2020. The test was carried out by our web developers, Good With Digital.

We used the following automated accessibility tools, assistive technology and manual testing methods to test a sample of pages of our website. These included:

WAVE from WebAIM
Siteimprove Accessibility Checker
JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver
Manually auditing the alt text of all images
Manually checking colour contrast of text

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