Accessibility statement for University College Birmingham
The University College Birmingham website is currently under review, and a new website, that will take into account all accessibility features, will be launching in 2020. The website will aim to achieve the recommended government standard for web accessibility (WCAG 2.1 AA).
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- Some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers
- Not all media will have a transcript or be subtitled
- Some text may not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window and at certain levels of magnification
- Some online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
Support for Students with Special Educational Needs
UCB’s CASE (Centre for Academic Skills and English) team offer a wide range of support and advice to students with special educational needs and also to parents, staff and external agencies supporting students. The support available includes:
- Advice regarding assistive technology. THE CASE team will be happy to direct students towards software such as Natural Reader (text to speech) and Talk Typer (speech recognition in a browser). We can also provide access to Sonocent Note-taker (which provides a text to speech function).
- Strengths and Weaknesses assessment: While not an official diagnosis, our assessments may result in you being provided with or signposted towards relevant assisted technologies including, but not limited to, those mentioned above.
In addition, the UCB Library provides material in a variety of formats including print, eBooks, online journals and videos.
Most of the online library resources, which make up the largest part of the library collection, provide users with a variety of options for accessibility including changing screen colour, magnification of text and compatibility with screen readers.
What to do if you cannot access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact Stephen Dudley.
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in three days.
If you cannot view the maps on our ‘contact us’ page, call us on 0121 604 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org on 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, please contact Stephanie Gregan
Please note that we are working hard to address all aspects of accessibility with our new website launch in 2020.
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
Our reception desks, and lecture theatres in McIntyre House and Moss House, have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. Please contact Chloe Painter for more details.
Accessibility statement for Canvas at University College Birmingham
Developed and hosted by Instructure, Canvas is a virtual learning environment for the delivery of teaching and learning resources and online assessment. Further information on Instructure can be found at https://www.instructure.com/about.
Within UCB, the Canvas system is managed by the Digital Innovation for Creativity in Education (DICE) department who develop the use of learning technologies to support and enhance the teaching and learning experience for staff and students. Everyone at UCB should be able to access and use the Canvas system to obtain the information and services they require. This is achieved via:
- Navigation of content using a keyboard
- Navigation of content using speech recognition software
- Listening to content using a screen reader
- Changing colours, contrast levels and fonts using the web browser settings
Further information on how well the Canvas system meets accessibility standards can be found at https://www.instructure.com/canvas/accessibility. Any teaching and learning resources created and uploaded to the UCB Canvas system is done so by the university academic staff and training on how best to create accessible content for Canvas is provided by the DICE team. Canvas also provides an “accessibility checking” feature within every course site that staff can use to identify and address any issues with content created directly within the Canvas system.
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of Canvas and will address any queries you may have. Support, advice and guidance is available via the following channels.
Any technical or accessibility related queries should be directed to Richard Dudley (Head of Digital Innovation for Creativity in Education) via email@example.com. The DICE team also welcome any feedback that staff and students may have.
Staff and students can also contact Instructure directly with any queries via the “Report a problem” feature and the “Chat With Canvas Support” service. These options are available via the “Help” menu of the Canvas system.
Any content related queries should be directed to the appropriate course or programme leader.