Accessibility for the Web – new digital visa course

Jennifer Hamrick
Thursday 27 February 2020

We have launched a new course as part of our digital visa training programmeAccessibility for the Web. This new session is a compulsory course for digital visa participants.

Accessibility is about making a website (or other digital product like blog or social media) more usable by everyone. It can be crucial to helping those living with disabilities access our site, but it also makes our pages perform better on different devices and for different internet speeds. It also increases audience reach and makes websites rank more highly in search engines.

The aim of the session is to increases participants’ awareness of web accessibility issues and allow them to make their web pages more usable by everyone.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • define what web accessibility is
  • explore the benefits of web accessibility
  • identify the legal requirements around website accessibility
  • explore how to design a website for accessibility
  • identify and implement practical ways to make their website more accessible.

Due to new legal regulations, the University is working towards making our website more accessible. As part of this new body of work, we are training anyone working on digital products in web accessibility standards and practices.

Accessibility for the Web will also now be a mandatory session for any member of staff looking to gain editing access to the University’s content management system.

This session includes a presentation along with group activities and discussion.

The course is open to all staff at the University, and you can sign up through the PDMS system. Accessibility for the Web is set to run three to four times a year, but may change depending on demand.

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