Slade School of Fine Art accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to ​https://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/​

This website is run by ​Slade School of Fine Art​. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website, which means that you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

There are a number of customisation options for your browser and device that could help you use this website and other websites more effectively. AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Feedback and contact information

Please contact us if you have an accessibility query including:

  • If you are experiencing issues with accessing information or using the website
  • If you find an accessibility problem not listed on this statement
  • If you have positive feedback on the accessibility considerations made. 

When you contact us there is a process in place that will acknowledge your contact, tell you who is dealing with it and give you a timescale by which you can expect a reply.

We aim to respond to all contacts within 2 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We formally test the accessibility of key user journeys that represent the breadth of content across our website on a regular basis against WCAG 2.1 AA standards. 

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 contact us.
Read tips on contacting organisations about inaccessible websites.

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

University College London is committed to making this 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 (WCAG) 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

​​Some key navigational elements such as dropdowns may not have accessible names. This fails 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (A). 

Some texts labels may not have a suitable contrast ratio where colour palettes are derived dynamically - generally this is only for hover states. We will be improving the selection of colours in these instance in future. This fails WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (AA).  
There may be multimedia content which cannot be paused, stopped or hidden. This fails WCAG 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide (A). 
There may be visual content where there are flashes more than 3 times per seconds. This fails WCAG 2.3.1 Three Flashes or Below Threshold (A). 
Videos and Audio may not have captions or transcripts available. We adding these moving forward but may not be able to produce these historically. This fails WCAG 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Pre-Recorded) (A),  WCAG 1.2.2 Captions (Pre-Recorded) (A). 
Audio Descriptions are not available for some multimedia content. This fails WCAG 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Pre-Recorded) (A), WCAG 1.2.5 Audio Description (Pre-Recorded) (AA).
Images are missing alternative text throughout the site, meaning users may not receive descriptive content of images. We will be adding alt texts as appropriate as we are able to moving forward. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content.
Some links may not be clearly described. This is generally in historical content and will be revised on an ongoing basis. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose​.

Disproportionate burden

This section covers issues that we cannot fix right now. We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues but believe that doing so would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the law.

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

This section covers issues that we do not need to fix right now. The law calls these exemptions.

Some parts outside of the 'core' Slade School of Fine Art website, but within the scope of the URL prefix https://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/ are archive materials, with some components dating back to the 1990s. These are often artist created websites and do not adhere to accessibility standards, but are presented for historical reference and on behalf of the artists concerned. Please contact us if you need help accessing any of this older content.

Third-party content

Our websites contain third-party content. We do not have control over and are not responsible for the accessibility of this content, but we make best endeavours to work with the third-party to improve its accessibility. This may include:

  • links to non-UCL websites
  • content/functionality on our website
  • content hosted on other websites, such as social media sites.

To help accessibility compliance across the sector, University College London supports searchBOX , a centralised, independent directory of third-party accessibility information. 

searchBOX catalogues the contact information and accessibility statements of third-party suppliers, enables the sharing of community-generated accessibility statements, and allows users to map their supplier ecosystem. 

Users can access third-party accessibility statements using the free searchBOX Finder service. 

University College London encourages all our partners and suppliers to support this effort by ensuring that their accessibility information is included in the searchBOX directory. 

Our testing processes

We tested the website using a combination of manual and automated checks alongside reference to the existing accessibility reports provided by the third party systems that make up parts of the process.  If you find an issue we have not yet identified, you can report it to us. We’ll pass this information to the website owner who will review the issue, make sure it is included in our plan to fix issues and add it into the accessibility statement when it is next updated.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 12 May 2023. This website was last tested on 12 May 2023. The test was carried out by UCL.