The Student Newsletter is run by Professional Services, Swansea University. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website, feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.

For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Enlarge content up to 200%
  • Use the website in a way range of ways including navigation menus and search
  • Use forms that provide status messages for assistive technologies

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:

  • Images do not have appropriate alternative text.
  • Blocks of links and other interactive elements cannot be bypassed by keyboard users.
  • Some links only use color to convey interactivity.
  • The HTML markup is not fully accessible and is not robust for all devices.
  • The landing page uses content that moves and cannot be stopped.


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

If you enjoyed using the website, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch. We’d like to hear from you in any of the following ways:

email us at

Call us: +44 (0)1792 605500

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.


Transcription Centre

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

Swansea University Transcription Centre, Amy Dillwyn Building, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP


Twitter: @SUTranscription

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How to find the transcription center:


Reporting accessibility problems with this 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 us in any of the following ways:

email us at

Call us: +44 (0)1792 605500


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

The university aims to provide professional information and guidance services for disabled students, students with specific needs and/or medical conditions.

We can provide support if you would like to visit us or phone us.

Please contact the disability office.

Telephone: +44 (0)1792 60 6617



Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Swansea 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 not fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.


Non accessible content

We’re working hard to achieve our goal of Level A/AA accessibility on all our websites and applications.

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


Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Images with no alt tag

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1: Non-text Content

Non-text content on our website does not have alternative text. Our content team will be reviewing and updating content as required.


Links only identified by color

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.1 Use of Color

Some links are only identified by color.


Color contrast is insufficient

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum)

The language selection button does not meet contrast ratio requirements.


No Pause, stop of image sliders or Scrolling text

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide

The scrolling text, sliders do not allow pausing or stopping of content.


Scrolling text traps keyboard

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.2 No Keyboard Trap

The scrolling text causes a keyboard focus trap which requires multiple tabs for focus to be moved to next element.


Image sliders and scrolling text

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 Timing Adjustable

The landing page features various interactive elements that do not allow adjustment of timing for the scrolling or transitions.


Image link is missing alternative text

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context)

Image links are missing alternative text stating the purpose.


Invalid HTML

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 Parsing

The HTML is currently not validating correctly.



Disproportionate burden

An assessment has been made taking into account the size and resources available to the organization, any content that is judged a disproportionate burden are stated in this section.

Navigation and accessing information

This website is managed by a small team of professional services staff with no permanent development resource. At this time, the resource is unavailable to address the development issues such as invalid HTML.

However, because this application is student facing and would be likely to have an impact on the student experience, this decision will be reviewed in the next 12 months.

Interactive tools and transactions

No issues or not applicable.


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

An assessment has been made taking into account the size and resources available to the organization, any content that is judged out of scope of the regulations are stated in this section.

PDFs and other documents

No issues or not applicable.


How we tested this website

Sample pages of this system have been is tested and audited. The test was carried manually by a usability specialist using software to identify issues.

A full accessibility audit was conducted on 7th September 2019 on sample pages based on a typical user journey of a student using the website.

The sample pages included:

  • Landing Page
  • A news page

These pages were subjected to the following audit process:

  • A manual review based on POUR Checklist from GDS
  • An automated check using Site Improve
  • A basic audit using NVDA Screen reader software

The audit process was conducted by our internal usability specialist. This approach was decided upon based on the size of the website, time, resources and funding the organization had available at the time.

We tested our website, available at


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website:

  • The content team will update images with correct alternative text
  • Sliders and scrolling text will be reviewed and replaced with more accessible content
  • Review the website and consider a replacement to address invalid HTML issue


This statement was prepared on 17th September 2019. It was last updated on 23rd September 2019.

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