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The Timetabling Web Pages are Partially Accessible

The University of Cumbria take accessibility very seriously and want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. We are actively working to make the website more accessible to all people and compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1.

View our accessibility tools page to find accessibility tools and plugins to help improve your online experience.

You should be able to:

  • understand the website text
  • large text passes the colour contrast
  • clear tab focus
  • navigate all the content using just a keyboard
  • be able to understand hyperlink destinations from the text description
  • web pages have unique titles
  • navigate to all headings on the page using assistive technology
  • use text to speech tools to access content
  • listen to the website using a screen reader

How accessible is the website?

  • small text colours and contrasts fail guidelines
  • you cannot skip to the main content
  • page/ table does not reflow when enlarged 300% or 400%
  • Although red and green are not used together the colours are less accessible

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

Self-help options

Alternative Formats

The University subscribes to an alternative formats service Sensus Access. This service will transfer most files into a chosen format e.g. an inaccessible PDF can be transferred to an accessible PDF, or a Word document can be transferred to sound. This service can be used directly by Students using their University email address. Alternative Formats

Assistive Technologies

You can access specialist assistive software on PCs and laptops throughout the university and also download free web-based tools to enable you to fully interact with content. To find out more visit the assistive software page or download the AT Bar for free. 

University of Cumbria Support

If you are unable to access content or interact with the interface and would like an alternative accessible format, please contact us to discuss the most suitable options, please contact:

We will review your request and communicate with you in 7 days.

Reporting Accessibility Problems with this Website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. You can help us by reporting any barriers you encounter and contribute to our Accessibility Improvement plan. however, if you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact

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 web-based system’s accessibility levels

The University of Cumbria is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

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…

1. Non-compliance with accessibility regulations

  • text colours and contrast for smaller text on the page fails the WCAG guidelines. This means the content is inaccessible for some people with a sight impairment. This contravenes the WCAG2.1 – 1.4.1, 1.4.3, 1.4.11 guidelines and will be added to the improvement action plan to be corrected internally
  • skip to main content is not available this means that extra tab strokes are needed to navigate the page and the user experience is impacted on. This contravenes WCAG2.1 -  2.4.1 and will be added to the Timetabling Improvement Action Plan and will be updated annually with improvements
  • Page Reflow The page does not reflow when zoomed 200%, 300% or 400% this makes accessing the content more difficult for those with a disability and potentially inaccessible. This contravenes WCAG2.1 – 1.4.4, 1.4.5, 1.4.10. and will be added to the Accessibility Improvement Action Plan, which ensures improvements are carried out and updated annually 

2. Disproportionate Burden


3. Content that’s not within the Scope of the Accessibility Regulations

  • Reflow is not applied to the table when enlarged to 200%, 300% or 400%. You can navigate the table using the top and side scroll bars only. This makes it considerably more difficult to read the table and contravenes WCAG2.1 – 1.4.4, 1.4.5, 1.4.10. The reflow of tables is outside the scope of the accessibility regulations.    

How we tested this Website

We tested the most visited pages both manually and with the use of accessibility testing software such as Wave, a web accessibility evaluation tool WAVE and Accessibility Insights.

This system was last tested on July 2020 by the University of Cumbria.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are continuously working to improve the accessibility levels of system name. A Basic Accessibility Check is carried out each year followed by a more detailed accessibility check, both assessments highlight the areas needing improvement. The identified issues are added to the system improvement action plan with a timescale for improvement or 3rd party communications on improvement.

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