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Accessibility statement

The following statement explains how the Cardiff University website ( meets the 2018 The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations.

About this statement

This statement was prepared on 16 September 2019. It was updated on 10 December 2021.

This page will be updated as further accessibility improvements are made.

How accessible this website is

This website can be used with a screen reader and has the following built-in accessibility features:

  • ability to skip to the content of each page
  • you can navigate it using a keyboard or voice commands
  • you can zoom in or out
  • the design uses high colour contrast
  • the design adapts to different devices and screen sizes
  • the design does not use colour as the only way to distinguish something
  • moving content can be stopped
  • images of text are not used in the design or content
  • each part of the page is highlighted as it is selected
  • form fields have accessible labels
  • each page is structured with correct, meaningful HTML

When we publish information on this website, we will:

  • structure content well
  • use plain English (except for academic or scientific words that don’t have an alternative)
  • use short sentences
  • explain acronyms
  • make sure PDFs or other documents are accessible
  • write good link text
  • make images and videos accessible
  • ensure new features work on assistive technologies

However, we know that some aspects of this website are not fully accessible and we are continuing to work on resolving them:

  • some content may not be in plain English or short sentences
  • navigation links may be confused with other links on the page
  • lists of content may contain duplicate links
  • wide HTML tables cannot be viewed on small screens
  • a large proportion of PDFs and other documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • video and audio may not have captions or transcripts

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format (accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille) please contact We will consider your request and respond within five working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact our Compliance and Risk team.

Compliance and Risk

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

Cardiff University 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.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Specific aspects of this website are non-complaint with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard, as shown in the table below. As the site becomes more compliant over time, this table will be updated.

WCAG 2.1 Success CriteriaDescription Non-compliant pages Proportion of pages that are compliant
2.5.3Visible label and accessible name do not match25,2550.2%
1.4.4Text is clipped when resized25,2140.2%
1.3.1Container element is empty9,25363%
1.3.1Role not inside the required context7,80769%
2.4.4Link without a text alternative1,43994%
4.1.1Element IDs are not unique80496%
4.1.2Inline frame without a text alternative17099%
1.3.1Empty headings8099%
2.4.4Links in the same context with the same text alternative6199%
1.3.1No data cells assigned to table header2499%
1.3.1Table headers aren't referenced correctly2399%
1.1.1Image without a text alternative1599%
1.4.10Page zoom is restricted799%
1.2.1Visual-only video without a text alternative499%
4.1.2Form field is not labelled299%
2.1.1Scrollable element is not keyboard accessible199%
1.4.3Colour contrast is not sufficient199%

Most of the 2,095 PDFs and 348 Word documents on that have been published since 23 September 2018 are non-compliant.


Sophisticated, interactive maps may not have an accessible alternative.

Other features

The following aspects of the site are also known to have accessibility issues:

  • Postgraduate research funding opportunities
  • Chat to our students
  • Live chat
  • Undergraduate virtual tour
  • Enquiry and open day booking forms

Disproportionate burden

At present there are no accessibility problems on that we consider to be a disproportionate burden to resolve.

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

Older PDFs and other documents

Documents that were published before 23 September 2018 and are not essential to providing our services are exempt from the regulations.

Audio and video

Live video streams such as our graduation ceremonies are exempt from the accessibility regulations.

Special collections and archives

Our historical library collections are exempt from the regulations.


Interactive maps are exempt from the regulations, but an accessible alternative is required.

How we tested this website

This website is tested weekly by Cardiff University using a tool called SiteImprove. This tool reports accessibility problems and we tackle them in order of greatest impact.