This website is run by the University of Cambridge and this accessibility statement applies to www.cam.ac.uk.
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
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
All pages should comply with WCAG 2.0 AA and where possible comply with WCAG2.1 AA.
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- some text, links and buttons have poor colour contrast
- some page headings are labelled in the wrong order
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- some live and pre-recorded video and audio do not have transcripts, audio descriptions or captions
- many images do not have text descriptions
Requesting information in a different format
If you need information on this website in a different format, email email@example.com. We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 business days.
Creating alternative format documents
If you are a student or member of staff with a disability, you can convert inaccessible files with SensusAccess software. It converts documents, text or files into an e-book, text file, audio or braille. You can also use this service if you support someone in the University with a disability.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org and give details of the URLs and the problems you encountered.
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). (Link opens in a new window)
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’) do not apply to the University of Cambridge. However, the University of Cambridge is committed to making its websites and mobile applications accessible and in this regard to complying voluntarily with the accessibility regulations. This accessibility statement is published in that context.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the following non-compliances.
The content listed is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Many images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
Some video and audio files on our site do not have audio description, transcripts or captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria:
- 1.2.2 (captions pre-recorded)
- 1.2.3 (audio description or text alternative)
- 1.2.4 (captions live)
The hierarchy of some page headings is incorrect. This means that information may be presented in the wrong order to people using assistive technology. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.2 (Meaningful sequence).
Some text, links and buttons have poor colour contrast. This fails WCAG2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast – minimum)
Some URL link text does not describe its purpose or destination. This means that it is not always clear where a link will take the user. This fails WCAG2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link purpose)
Some form controls and inputs do not have labels. This means that it is not always clear what the purpose of the field is. This fails WCAG2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (Headings and labels)
Older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We’re working to fix the issues identified in this accessibility statement and aim to fix these by December 2024.
In 2020, we started our 5-year Digital Presence Programme. This initiative aims to create accessible and inclusive digital information and platforms for everyone. Find out more about the work in the Digital Presence Programme.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
The University has an extensive web presence. We have listed all known accessibility issues in this statement.
We used Sitebulb and Funnelback to audit a sample of webpages within this site on 2 December 2022. We also completed manual checks using Wave, NVDA and VoiceOver. We’ll continue to review the website on a regular basis.
This statement was prepared on 7 December 2022. It was last reviewed on 17 March 2023.