Accessibility notice

The FCDO digital and Chevening teams are committed to making sure our online services are accessible to all users and comply with level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – WCAG 2.1, in line with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

In order to help us achieve and maintain our objective we commissioned The Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC) to carry out WCAG 2.1 AA level technical compliance audits, that also included extensive testing by users with a wide range of disabilities. The site has since been retested by the DAC and by the Government Digital Service.

Accessibility statement for chevening.org

This accessibility statement applies to https://www.chevening.org/website.

This website is run by the Chevening Secretariat on behalf of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

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

  • at 200% the hamburger menu is not accessible
  • the cookie banner cannot be closed using a keyboard and can trap the keyboard. It also has reduced visible focus
  • when the cookie banner is open, the tab goes through the background content first and the tab moves cookie bar from top to bottom with no buttons being clear
  • at 200% and 400% the cookie banner covers the webpage
  • at 400% some feature images will not fit the screen correctly
  • some videos do not have alternative text available
  • colour contrast is not sufficient in some drop-down boxes and search bars.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, email [email protected]

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: [email protected]

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

If you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Please note that we do not have a public telephone number.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Chevening is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

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

Cookie banner

Our cookie banner cannot be accessed clearly using keyboard due to reduced visible focus and it cannot be closed using a keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).

It is difficult to exit the cookie banner using a keyboard due to the lack of visible focus. This fails WCAG success criterion 2.1.2 (No keyboard trap).

Focus is not clear on the cookie banner to reopen it and is not clear on options within the cookie banner. This fails WCAG success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus visible).

At 200% and 400% the cookie banner covers content on the webpage. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.4 (Resize text).

When the cookie banner is open and using the tab, the keyboard goes through the background content first. The tab moves the cookie bar from top to bottom, with no clear buttons. This fails WCAG success criterion 3.2.1 (On focus).

We plan to redevelop our cookie banner to address all the above issues by the end of July 2021.

Images and video

At 400%, some of our feature images do not change size to fit the page correctly. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.10 (Reflow).

There is no alternative text available for some of our videos. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.2.1 (Audio-only and video-only).

There is no alternative text available for some of our images. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text content).

We will conduct an audit of all our images and videos to address the above issues by mid-July 2021.

Contrast

Colour contrast is not sufficient in some drop-down boxes and search bars. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast). We are working to assess the colour contrast on elements across the site and will address any contrast issues by the end of June 2021.

Menus and navigation

At 200% content in the hamburger menu cannot be accessed. This fails WCAG success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard). We will address this by mid-July 2021.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 24 May 2021.

This website was last tested on 23 February. The test was carried out by the Government Digital Service as part of its ongoing accessibility monitoring.

Automated tests were used to check the accessibility of the site.

You can read the full accessibility test report here.