Introduction

This accessibility statement applies to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) which can be found at https://moodle.solihull.ac.uk.

This Virtual Learning Environment is run by Solihull College and University Centre. The platform is used to provide space for teachers to share resources and to create interactive activities for use with their groups. Through the use of Moodle we aim to provide 24-7 access to learning materials.

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 400% 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)
  • Download learning resources in alternative formats to meet your individual needs

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.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible

  • Some PDF and Office documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Some images do not have alternative text
  • Some text within course pages has colour contrast problems
  • Some video content do not have captions

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille please use the link below to make us aware of your needs:

Please click this link to complete a report form

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 3 working days.

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, you can report any concerns by completing the form on the link below:

Please click this link to complete a report form

Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to someone please contact:

Emma Ball
Head of Learning Technologies, Open Access and Library Services
E: emma.ball@solihull.ac.uk
P: 0121 678 7223

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).

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us by visiting https://www.solihull.ac.uk/contact-us/

Solihull College and University Centre 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 partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the 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

Images

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by April 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

PDF and Office Documents

Some of the PDF and Office Documents on course pages are not currently fully accessible to screen readers, as styles and headings are not used to communicate structure. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships). We plan to address the formatting of documents that are essential to the delivery of learning by April 2021. When we create new content we will ensure that appropriate styles are used to communicate structure.

Some PDF documents lack titles and tags, where these documents are within the control of the Solihull College and University Centre we aim to correct these issues by December 2020.

Some PDF and Office Documents produced by the College contain elements with inappropriate colour contrast. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum)). We plan to adapt the colour contrast of these documents by April 2021.

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

PDFs and Office documents created by third parties

Some PDF and Office Documents produced by external organisations are incorrectly formatted and are not fully accessible to those using screen readers. We will continue to monitor the development of these publications and will update to more accessible versions when they are available.

PDFs and Office documents owned by Solihull College and University Centre / Stratford Upon Avon College

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

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

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 content

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix pre-recorded video content that was published before 23 September 2020.

We will ensure that pre-recorded video content published on Moodle after 23 September 2020 includes closed captions or that alternative accessible sources of the same information will be provided or signposted in line with WCAG 2.1AA.

We are committed to improving the accessibility of the Staff and Student Hubs to ensure that as many people as possible are able to make use of them. Our priorities for improving and ensuring accessibility are:

  1. Continue to develop staff and student understanding of accessibility
  2. Investigate options to create speech-to-text subtitles for pre-recorded videos published after 23 September 2020
  3. Improve the accessibility of Moodle course resources
  4. Undertake ongoing research and development to ensure digital resources are accessible to as many users as possible

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 21 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 20th August 2020. The test was carried out by Solihull College and University Centre.

Testing has been carried out using a variety of online tools including the ARC Toolkit and Lighthouse for a programmatic assessment of the core Moodle structure. Blackboard Ally has been used to assess the accessibility of HTML content in course pages and for uploaded content in document formats. Accessibility reports have been produced at whole college level and for individual course pages. Testing with screen-reading software (NVDA) and speech navigation software (Windows 10 Speech Navigation) has also been conducted to assess the usability of a typical student journey through Moodle.