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Lucy Cavendish College is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards. 

Measures to support accessibility

The College takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of our website: 

  • Include accessibility as part of our mission statement.
  • Assign clear accessibility targets and responsibilities.
  • Employ formal accessibility quality assurance methods.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. Our website is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard. 


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of our website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on our website: 

  • Phone: +44 (0)1223 332190 
  • E-mail: 
  • Visitor address: Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU 

We try to respond to feedback within five working days.

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

Our website is designed to be compatible with the following assistive technologies: 

  • Our website is expected to work with all current or recent versions of all major web browsers, and with the standard assistive technologies available in recent Windows and Mac operating systems, together with such proprietary assistive technologies that meet current compatibility standards.

Our website has been checked with the W3C Markup Validation Service and no errors that affect accessibility have been identified.

Technical specifications

Accessibility of our website relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer: 

  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • CSS

These technologies are relied upon for conformance with the accessibility standards used.

Limitations and alternatives

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of our website, there may be some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations, and potential solutions. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below. 

Known limitations for our website: 

  1. WCAG2.1 criterion 1.1.1 Provide text alternatives for non-text content: We do not necessarily have text alternatives for all non-text content.  We have text descriptors for illustrations and images but they do not necessarily capture all the information in the image. All critical information is conveyed by text; images used are purely illustrative and for effect.  However we are continuing to work on the alternative text behind images to ensure it is fully descriptive. If you are at all concerned that the information you are gaining from text is incomplete then please email or telephone us with your query.
  2. WCAG2.1 criterion 1.4.3 Contrast levels between text and background: Where page title text is used in front of images the required WCAG levels of contrast cannot necessarily be maintained because of variation in the images used. The page titles concerned are purely illustrative and do not convey important information.  They are also set in large text so notwithstanding WCAG expectations should not cause a problem. Again, please contact us for help if any pages give particular concern.
  3. WCAG2.1 criterion 2.4.5 Provide multiple ways of finding pages in our website: Although the website has an organic and straightforward menu structure, we are currently developing a site map and search and will feature these on every page.  Our website is fully searchable with Google.  Alternatively we are always pleased to receive informal enquiries from students, potential students and members of the public and the information we are then able to give will be more specific than that contained on the website.

Assessment approach

The College assessed the accessibility of our website by the following approach: 

  • Self-evaluation.

Formal approval of this accessibility statement

This Accessibility Statement is approved by:

Lucy Cavendish College Communications and Marketing Department
Head of Communications and Marketing.

Formal complaints

If you wish to raise any issues about the accessibility of our website please email .

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This statement was created on 25 June 2020 using the W3C Accessibility Statement Generator Tool.