Accessibility Statement

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We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Visitors using a keyboard to navigate the site see a blue rectangle to indicate their location on the page
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
  • Skip to main content links
  • Alternative text for images

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 the website is

Parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • some pages have poor colour contrast
  • some heading elements are not consistent
  • some buttons are not correctly identified
  • some error messages are not clearly associated with form controls

What we do about known issues

We work to achieve and maintain WCAG 2.1 AA standards, but it is not always possible for all our content to be accessible. Where content is not accessible, we will state a reason, warn users and offer alternatives.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Imperial College London 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 known issues listed below.

Non accessible content

The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:

  • where it fails the success criteria
  • planned dates for when issues will be fixed

Some documents and content are exempt from the regulations (such as live video content and PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services), so we do not currently have any plans to make them accessible. But if you need to access information in one of these document types, you can contact us and ask for an alternative format.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • There are several images that do not have a text alternative. This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.5. We plan to add a text alternative for all image and when we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
  • There is inconsistent navigation on some pages, specifically the sidebar menus. This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 3.2.3.
  • Some text may not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window and at certain levels of magnification.

We are currently going through an extensive programme of testing our website and applications. This page will be updated as these are completed.

This page was last updated on 1 October 2020.


Disproportionate burden

  • On most pages text can be resized to 200% without loss of content or function. However, the main menu at the top of each page does not maintain content and function when resized to 200% and it is not possible to fix this.
  • It is not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.
  • It is not always possible to maintain the features of the website on mobile.
  • We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal, likely to be in 2023.



Reporting accessibility issues

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille or if you find any accessibility issues not listed on this page then please contact

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

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’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

How we test this website

This website was last tested for accessibility compliance on 1 October 2020, and these tests have been carried out internally.

We used the Accessibility Insights for Web extension and selected pages with a variety of text and images when deciding on a sample of pages to test.

Last updated

This statement was prepared on 1 October 2020. It was last updated on 1 October 2020.