Accessibility statement for Data Skills Modules

Accessibility statement for Data Skills Modules

This accessibility statement applies to the UK Data Service Data Skills Modules which are available on trainingmodules.ukdataservice.ac.uk.

This website is run by the UK Data Service. 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

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 aren’t fully accessible:

  • Some pages have low colour contrast.
  • Some pages contain empty links.
  • Some pages contain empty headings.

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:

If you cannot get through on the above telephone number, please leave a voicemail – we are checking our voicemail regularly.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within seven working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

This website has recently undergone a major update with the aim of rectifying a number of accessibility issues. We will continue to review older documents that currently have accessibility issues with the intention of moving these to a more accessible format. Staff who provide content for the website are being made aware of accessibility requirements and are being trained to enable them to address these when adding new content and documents to the website.

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: Fiona Lemon or Rodney Appleyard, Marketing and Communications Managers, on 01206 872001 or contact our communications team by email.

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

If you contact us before your visit we can arrange liaison with local agencies to provide sign language interpreters or lip speakers through Essex University’s Disability Service, subject to cost and availability. We hope to provide audio induction loops in the future, once we have the required technology to host this service.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The UK Data Service is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites 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 non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some pages have very low contrast between text and background colours, so people with low vision may have difficulty reading the text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast minimum). We will correct the contrast issues on the pages where we have the ability to change colours and images. However, some colour contrast issues, such as the ‘submit’ buttons for the quizzes, are not editable so we will contact the third-party software provider to alert them to the problem and request that they offer a solution.
  • Some pages contain empty links, which can introduce confusion for keyboard and screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose). We plan to correct the links within six months. When any further development to the website occurs, we’ll make sure the links meet accessibility standards.
  • Some pages contain empty headings, which can introduce confusion for keyboard and screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (headings and labels). We have marked these as headings within the third-party software, so we will contact the third-party provider to request that they resolve the issue.
  • The alternative in the logo needs updating to provide further information. This means that people using a screen reader will not be able to understand what the image is. This does not meet success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A) Icon index. We are unable to change this alternative text ourselves due to the settings of the templates in the third-party software that we have used to create these modules. We have contacted the third-party provider to inform them of this problem and requested that they find a solution.
  • Some pages currently contain missing or uninformative page title, which may cause many users (especially those using screen readers or other assistive technology) difficulty when orienting themselves to the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (page titled). We plan to correct the titles within the next six months.
  • On some pages the language is not identified or a language attribute value is invalid which can cause issues for screen readers being able to read the content in the appropriate language. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1 (language of page). We will ask our developers if they can fix this issue. If they cannot, we will contact the third-party software provider.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 10 August 2021. The test was carried out by Magnetic North, who used the WAVE accessibility tool and manual accessibility checks.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will be running regular accessibility checks and ensure that new content added to the website meets accessibility requirements. We will be publishing a roadmap shortly, which will provide detail on how we plan to improve accessibility for this website.

This statement was prepared on 10 August 2021.