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The University of Manchester is committed to making the information and resources that it provides via the web accessible to all users. We aim to be standards compliant and follow general principles of usability and universal design, which should help all visitors to this website.
By using techniques to help users of assistive and adaptive technologies, we have provided one version of the site which everyone should be able to use.
For assistance with other aspects of using this site, please see our website help page.
This central site for The University of Manchester is intended to meet at least level 2 (AA) of the W3C's Website Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Guidelines, and as far as possible to meet level 3 (AAA). For more information about the WAI Guidelines see: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (external website).
Through taking this approach we hope to make our site as inclusive as possible, and also to comply with UK legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) as amended by the Special Education Needs and Disability Act (2001), which states that it is an offence to discriminate against a disabled person by treating him or her less favourably than others for a reason relating to their disability.
Discrimination can also occur where an institution fails to make a 'reasonable adjustment' where the disabled person is placed at a 'substantial disadvantage' in comparison with someone who is not disabled and such failure cannot be 'justified'. Similarly the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Code of Practice for students with disabilities (external website) states that Universities should consider disabled students in every aspect of planning and administration of academic and social activities.
We intend to continue improving our accessibility, so if you have any difficulty accessing this site and require further help, or if you have any suggestions to help improve our accessibility, please use our feedback form (see link below).
This website will look much better in a web browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.