Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Green Templeton College website (this website).

This website is run by Green Templeton College and built by XIST2. This statement was prepared by Green Templeton College with support from XIST2. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and are working towards bringing it in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (2.1) Level AA (WCAG).

For example, you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard

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

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

  • not all images have the appropriate alt tags
  • our existing PDF, Word and Excel documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some multimedia content doesn’t yet have audio or text description
  • some elements on the website do not have sufficient colour contrast, such as the gold text on blue background and the ‘what’s on’ text on the homepage
  • some link text doesn’t make sense when read on its own (for example, ‘click here’)

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

  • email communications@gtc.ox.ac.uk
  • call +44 (0)1865 2 74787
  • write to Communications, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HG

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 14 days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page or access our directions on how to find Green Templeton College by car, coach, rail or air , call +44 (0)1865 274770 or email lodge@gtc.ox.ac.uk for directions.

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 or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact communications@gtc.ox.ac.uk.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Website 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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

If you require extra assistance when you contact us by phone or visit us in person, please let us know. A wide range of individual adjustments and support is available. Visit our Welfare and Disability webpage for further information or contact the Lodge by calling +44 (0)1865 274770 or emailing lodge@gtc.ox.ac.uk.

We have an audio induction loop in our Lecture Theatre.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Green Templeton College is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Website and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

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

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Not all images and infographics have a text alternative so people using a screen reader cannot access the information (2.1 1.1.1). We are working to ensure all non-text content has an appropriate text alternative and all new non-text content is uploaded in accordance with the guidelines.

Not all content structure on the website that is communicated visually may be fully accessible to users of assisted technology (2.1 1.3.1). We are working with our web developers to address this.

When the styling is removed from the homepage the content may not appear in a logical order (2.1 1.3.2). We are working with our web developers to address this.

Some form labels are missing on the homepage, the Fellows page and the student profiles page which means assisted technologies may not always understand them (2.1 1.3.1). We are working with our web developers to address this.

Some instructions on the website depend on sensory characteristics like colour or location, which means these instructions cannot be understood by users who are unable to see or recognise information communicated using sensory characteristics (2.1 1.3.3). We are removing all instructions that are dependent on sensory characteristics and all new instructions will be uploaded in accordance with the guidelines.

Some elements of the website such as the ‘what’s on’ text on the homepage and the gold text on blue background do not have sufficient colour contrast which could make it harder for partially sighted people to view the content (2.1 1.4.3). We are working with our web developers to address this.

Some text is presented as part of an image, for example, quotes from seminar participants featured on an image background. This text cannot be resized and can deteriorate in quality when magnified which means not everyone is able to read and access this information (2.1 1.4.5). We are working to remove these elements.

Some elements of the homepage, specifically the ‘what’s on’ tiles, may change appearance if a user changes the line height, letter or word spacing, so the tiles would not look as they are intended (2.1 1.4.12). We are working with our web developers to address this.

When navigating the website with a keyboard, it is not always possible for a user to know which element they are hovering on (2.1 2.1.1 and 2.1 2.4.7) or bypass blocks of links and other interactive elements (2.1 1.4.1). We are working with our web developers to address this.

Some text links within the website are currently ambiguous using phrases like ‘click here’ or ‘read more’ (2.1 2.4.4) so the purpose of every link isn’t always clear from its link text or its link text plus associated content if assistive technologies recognise the association. Other links are redundant and some links are empty, such as the social media ‘follow us’ buttons. We are working to ensure all links have a clear meaning and all new links will be created in accordance with the regulations.

Some elements that look like headings or should be headings aren’t coded as headings and heading coding doesn’t always flow in a logical pattern (2.1 2.4.6). We are working to address this and all new headings will be used in accordance with the regulations.

Disproportionate burden

PDF, Word and Excel documents

As of the 23 September 2020, our PDF, Word and Excel documents available to view and download on the website were not created as accessible files. Some of these files, such as the policy documents, are replaced periodically with updated versions so we believe replacing all existing versions now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

We are working towards ensuring any PDF, Word or Excel documents essential to providing our services are fully accessible.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDF, Word and Excel documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Pre-recorded video

All pre-recorded audio and video media published before 23 September 2020 was exempt from the scope of the accessibility regulations. We will ensure all new pre-recorded audio and video media fully meets the WCAG 2.1 success criteria.

Third party platforms

We often create content which is hosted on third party platforms. This includes:

  • content we create for social media
  • video and audio which we host through YouTube or Soundcloud
  • forms created through Wufoo or Mailchimp

We are responsible for ensuring the content we supply meets accessibility standards, however we are not responsible for the accessibility of the platform itself.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

We are working with our developers XIST2 to address the non-compliant elements of our website (listed above). All new content published will meet the accessibility criteria. Our aim is to make this website fully accessible and continue to work within our college to provide training and guidance on best practices for digital accessibility.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was last reviewed on 13 October 2020. This website was tested by Green Templeton College and our developers, XIST2. We tested a selection of pages with different templates and content from across the website to ensure a rounded audit.