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Accessibility statement for SIMMSpace

This accessibility statement applies to the website: 

This website is run by St Mary’s University. 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 
  • 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)  

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

How accessible this website is 

We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible as described in the Non-accessible content section.  

Feedback and contact information 

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of the applications. If you find any problems not listed on this page, need information on this website in a different format (such as an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille)  or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please email

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in ten working days. 

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 

We are committed to making all our web based applications accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. 

Compliance Status 

This website not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 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:

Non-accessible compliance with the accessibility regulations 

There is no focus indication on this website which includes making the skip to content function invisible. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA).  

The “Enable Recite” link, exam adjustments link in the noticeboard and University event calendar items are not accessible by keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard (A).  

When magnified the main menu cannot be controlled by keyboard. This fails WCAG  2.1.1 Keyboard (A).  

There are various links across the website which are not descriptive such as in news articles, the libraries services side nav and others. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A).

None of the pages on the website have a language set. This fails 3.1.1 Language of Page (A).  

Links and some other text elements fail colour contrast requirements. This fails WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast Minimum (A). 

On many pages we use tables for layout purposes, this can cause navigation and  understanding to be particularly difficult for some users. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A). 

One some of our noticeboard content, text appears when a user hovers over the content with a mouse. These controls do not offer an equivalent for keyboard users. This fails WCAG 1.4.13 Content on Hover or Focus (AA).  

Many of the images and icons used across the site such as news article images, social media icons and the link to Moodle icon are not correctly descriptive. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A), 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A) and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A).  

On the Libraries Services page there are invisible links which are not descriptive, hidden visually, duplicated and cause unnecessary additional steps for keyboard users. This fails WCAG 2.4.3 Focus Order (A), 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A), 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA), 4.1.1 Parsing (A) and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A). 

We are looking at moving our content to our main CMS site, and also upgrading our SharePoint site. In addition, we will look to resolve the above issues by 31st March 2021.  

Disproportionate burden 

At this time, we have made no claims of disproportionate burden.

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

Portable Document Format (PDF) and other documents 

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages. 

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix historical council meeting minute documents published before 23rd September 2018. 

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. 

Pre-existing video content 

The regulations do not require that we make pre-existing video content accessible that was created before the 23rd September 2020. We have video content on the website that is not as accessible as it could be. We will be working to makes these instructions more accessible to all. 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility 

We have been auditing these applications in 2020 to identify any non-accessible content. 

This audit will be completed by the end of August 2020 and corrections will be implemented by 23rd September 2020 where possible.  

Preparation of this accessibility statement 

This statement was prepared on Wednesday 16th September 2020. It was last reviewed on Wednesday 16th September 2020. 

This website was last tested on 31st August 2020. The test was carried out by All Able Ltd. 

All pages of the website were tested along with a sample of the documents from each area of the website.