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Accessibility Statement

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

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

  1. The University has an Inclusive Student Experience Group (ISEG) which has two key subgroups. One is the Disability Coordinators Group and the other is a group focusing on the institutional response to the accessibility regulations. At all meetings, the groups are considering ways in which University accessibility may be improved.
  2. Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are required for new policies and services and ensure a focus on the range of people expected to access that material.
  3. Ally has been acquired for NILE and provides alternative formats
  4. Training (synchronous and asynchronous) has been developed for all staff to ensure they are aware of the requirements and have the skills needed to update materials.
  5. Accessibility is an essential criterion in our procurement process for third-party systems and content, for both new contracts and contract renewal.
  6. We have implemented an Alternative Formats Service for students with print disability or hearing loss, who may encounter a difficulty accessing content from the A-Z List of Databases, for example, the need for DRM-free content. 
  7. The Northampton Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) works with students with disabilities to help achieve their full potential and to promote equal opportunities. ASSIST aims to enable students to access all aspects of university life, take control of their learning and develop the skills needed for employment. This is underpinned by a commitment to accessibility and respect for confidentiality.

ASSIST provides support for students with:

  • physical impairments
  • sensory impairments
  • mental health difficulties
  • medical conditions
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • specific learning difficulties, for example dyslexia

The ASSIST team provides a range of services, including a variety of dyslexia and other disability-related guidance for all new and current students, staff and parents.