Accessibility Statement

GradPad Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the GradPad website – This website is operated on behalf of Imperial College London. Imperial is committed to making our digital presence as accessible as possible and endeavour to make all aspects of this website compliant with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the Accessibility Regulations) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, AA Standards.

For example, this means that:

  • You can increase text size, without loss of content or functionality
  • You can listen to most of the website using a screen reader
  • We’ve made the website text as simple as possible to understand

How accessible is the GradPad website?

We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Screen reader and keyboard users may not be able to navigate some of the menu items
  • The website responds in an unpredictable way when navigating the menu


Technical information about accessibility of this website

Imperial College London is committed to making the GradPad website accessible, in accordance with Accessibility Regulations.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.


Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the Accessibility Regulations



Captions are not currently provided for videos on the website (via YouTube). This means that users who are deaf or hard of hearing are not able to access the content. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.2.2.

We are currently unable to add closed captions to videos. If required, a full transcript can be provided.



The 360 virtual tours and image galleries are only accessible to mouse users. This means that keyboard users cannot access the content. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 2.1.1.

We plan to enable keyboard operated functionality to the image slideshows by July 2020.

At present there is no solution to enable keyboard operable features to the existing virtual tours. When the tours are updated, we will endeavour to ensure that these are Level A compliant.



Input error validation messages in the contact and application forms is currently presented after the relevant input field. This means that people using a screen reader will have to leave the forms mode to search for the message. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 3.3.1.

We plan to update the contact and application forms so that validation messages are presented within the <label> element by April 2020.



Some of the HTML code causes validation to crash on some browsers, particularly some assistive software such as screen readers.  This does not meet WCAG success criterion 4.1.1

Some of the image elements do not have a source attribute. This has not used HTML according to its specification and does not meet WCAG success criterion 4.1.1.

We plan to update the HTML code to meet this criterion by July 2020.


Content that is not within the scope of the Accessibility Regulations

The GradPad website may include from time to time third party content and functionality. This may direct you to a related service, link to another site or supporting documentation. We are not responsible for the accessibility of third-party content or to other sites we link to.


How we tested this website

The GradPad website was last tested in November 2019. The test was carried out by Userite.


Reporting accessibility problems with the GradPad website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the GradPad website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us by email on

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Accessibility Regulations. If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

This accessibility statement was prepared on 4 December 2019. It was last updated on 4 December 2019.