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Digital Accessibility Enhancement Roadmap

University of Reading has a huge web estate with a variety of websites spanning across many different platforms and services. We try to make our websites and services as accessible as possible.

After an accessibility maturity audit by AbilityNet in the summer of 2023, we have developed our roadmap to enhance accessibility by addressing the identified areas for improvement.

Ongoing activities

  • Complete the mapping of digital estate
  • Clarify ownership, responsibilty, and governance processes
  • Update job descriptions for new jobs involving digital content creation or digital communication to include knowledge of digital accessibility
  • Create accessible exemplers and templates

Future activities

  • Make effective use of Blackboard data – Deffered until the new Blackboard Ultra is rolled out
  • Identifying "Reading Accessible Practices"
  • Identify student journey issues by sampling typical student journeys and checking for friction points
  • Explore prospectus 
  • Clarify lecture recording and video expectations

Completed activities

  • Create an introductory digital accessibility module for staff – March 2024 
  • Appoint a formal champions network – January 2024
  • Create a module for writing for web – February 2023
  • Disabled students forum – completed through the ongoing Inclusion Consultants programme.

Website improvements


  • OCR iD link compliance for WCAG 2.2 Target Minimum – March 2024
  • PhD Opportunities pages accessibility improvements – January 2024
  • Tab focus improvement on Teal template – January 2024
  • Breadcrumbs menu and tables colour contrast improvement – January 2024


  • OCR ID Link alternative text improvement – December 2023
  • Cookie Banner keyboard accessibility improvement – December 2023
  • Screen reader and keyboard accessibiltiy of Tab component – December 2023
  • Enabling captions on embedded YouTube videos – November 2023
  • Enable text zooming without clipping on main site – November 2023
  • Colour contrast improvement on course pages – November 2023
  • Screen reader accessibility improvement for accordion component – November 2023
  • Improve accessibility of embedded YouTube video compoent – September 2023
  • Page language issue fixed across the web estate – August 2023
  • Increasing line height for text – July 2023
  • Table component accessibility improvement – July 2023
  • Improve assistive technology access to menu lists – July 2023
  • Improving assistive technology access to the search form field – March 2023