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Accessibility statement

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

This accessibility statement applies to

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and the exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reason(s):

(a) 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
1.1.1Image without a text alternative999%
1.2.1Visual-only video without an accessible alternative499%
1.3.1Role not inside the required context7,81462%
1.3.1Hidden element has focusable content199%
1.3.1Table headers aren't referenced correctly3199%
1.3.1No data cells assigned to table header3099%
1.3.1Empty headings10499%
1.4.3Colour contrast is not sufficient699%
1.4.4Page zoom is restricted699%
1.4.4Text is clipped when resized999%
2.4.4Link without a text alternative1,27294%
2.4.4Links in the same context with the same text alternative15399%
2.4.7Keyboard focus indicator is missing399%
2.5.3Visible label and accessible name do not match20,630<1%
4.1.1Element IDs are not unique64497%
4.1.2Form field is not labelled30799%
4.1.2Button without a text alternative1,96191%
4.1.2Inline frame without a text alternative10899%

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
  • some embedded media hosted using third party software
  • enquiry and open day booking forms

(b) Disproportionate burden

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

(c) 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.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 16 September 2019. It was updated on 15 September 2022.

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.

This statement was last reviewed on 15 September 2022.

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

Feedback and contact information

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).

How accessible our 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