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Accessibility Statement

What is University of Northampton's Library and Learning Services (LLS) doing to make its website accessible?

Our compliance

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to some inaccessible documents listed below.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

NECTAR (Northampton Electronic Collection of Theses and Research)  runs on the open source software EPrints version 3.3.16 and has been customised for our own requirements and branding. The parts of NECTAR which are not fully compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA standards prior are listed on the EPrints Accessibility information page non accessible content. The EPrints Accessibility information pages show how and when EPrints plan to improve accessibility with their software releases – EPrints accessibility roadmap

The Skills Hub Harvard Referencing Guide– Full Guide PDF does not have accessible headings throughout the document, so people using a screen reader cannot navigate the information with ease. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (Headings and Labels).

We to have in place an accessible version of the Skills Hub Harvard Referencing – Full Guide by December 2020.

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


Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents, as well as PDF  By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. 

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.