Accessibility Statement - Leave of Absence

This accessibility statement applies to the web application ‘leave of absence'.

This website is managed by the University of Birmingham. 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 version of NVDA)

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 is this website?

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Some information may not be read out as intended (asterisks instead of 'mandatory', page information, some of the errors.

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 log a call with the IT Service Desk: Read the IT Service Desk opening hours and contact methods.

You do not need to give us details of your disability or accessibility need as part of your request. Your details will be processed in accordance with our Privacy Policy: Read the University's Student Privacy Policy.

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Birmingham 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

The additional information page does not clearly read out the purpose of the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (Info and Relationships). We plan to fix this by the end of Q3 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure information structures meet accessibility standards.

Some interactive elements of the site are not visible enough to indicate that they are interactive. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visible). We plan to fix the visibility of these elements by the end of March 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure keyboard focus meets accessibility standards.

Mandatory fields are read out as 'asterisk' instead of 'mandatory' . This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7. We plan to fix the mandatory fields by the end of Q3 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure assistive technology compatibility meets accessibility standards.

Some labels of instruction are not fully read out on page 1 of student form. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3. We plan to fix the link context by the end of Q3 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure link contexts meet accessibility standards.

One of the pages does not have a complete start and end tags and are nested according to specification helps ensure that assistive technologies can parse the content accurately and without crashing. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 (Non-text Contrast). We plan to fix this by Q3 of 2021.

Disproportionate burden

We are not making any claims of disproportionate burden.

All content on the site is within the scope of the regulations. 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We aim to fix issues identified in our latest accessibility test by the end of Q3 2021. This date is subject to change, however we will continue to review leave of absence and re-test accessibility when any changes to WCAG or this service are released. 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 01 June 2021. It was last updated on 01 June 2021.

This website was last tested on 01 June 2021. The test was carried out by internal University of Birmingham testing teams.

We tested all student-facing elements of the site, with a mix of automated and manual tests, using the ‘Accessibility Insights for Web’ tool, and screen-reading software.


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