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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for Lincoln College

This accessibility statement applies to the Lincoln College website (this website).

This website is run by Lincoln College. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and are working towards brining it inline with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 level AA (WCAG).

How accessible this website is

We know that some parts of this website are not yet fully accessible. For example:

  • Not all functionality is operable through a keyboard.
  • Our existing PDF, Word and Excel documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.
  • Prerecorded video does not have alternative text transcripts, subtitles or captions.

Feedback and contact information

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


Call: 01865 279 841

We will consider your request and get back to you within 5 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please email:

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 are 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

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Lincoln College 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 and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

i) Keyboard Accessible

Not all functionality is operable through a keyboard for the content listed below:

  • Enlarged image viewer found within the media gallery component.
  • The college virtual tour.

These fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 Keyboard.

ii) Navigable

Some text links within the website currently use ambiguous calls to action such as 'Read more'. The purpose of such links cannot be determined from the link text alone. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context).

Disproportionate burden

PDF, Word and Excel documents

As of the 21 September 2020 all PDF, Word and Excel documents available for download within our website were not created as accessible files. As these files will be replaced periodically with updated versions we believe that replacing existing versions now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

Following 23 September 2020 we will ensure that newly published documents will meet the accessibility standards.

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

i) Prerecorded Video

As of writing this accessibility statement all pre-recorded audio and video media was published before 23 September 2020 making it exempt from the scope of the accessibility regulations.

All new or updated prerecorded audio and video content will meet the accessibility standards with the inclusion of:

  • Alternative text transcripts - To satisfy WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded).
  • Captions - to satisfy WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded).
  • Audio description - to satisfy WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5 Audio Description (Prerecorded).

Following the 23 September 2020 we will continue to utilise prerecorded video content from The University of Oxford within our course pages and wider website content. As this content is not under our control it remains exempt from the scope of the accessibility regulations.

ii) Heritage Collections

Our archives, books, and collections pages (Lincoln Unlocked) contain many images of scanned manuscripts and works of art which are exempt from the scope of the accessibility regulations. Therefore, we are not required to provide text alternatives for content shown within these images.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

Work to address the identified non-compliant elements (i and ii listed above) is currently underway and it is our intention to have replacement accessible content in place by December 2020.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This website was last tested on 18 September 2020 and was carried out by REDBOT Limited.

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020 and was last reviewed on 22 September 2020.

When choosing a sample of pages to test against the WCAG version 2.1 level A and AA criteria, we adopted a strategy of selecting one page for each of the fixed content templates along with several other pages that utilised our flexible content template. This approach ensured that we tested every available content type utilised throughout the website.