Technical information

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is committed to making its websites and mobile applications accessible, in accordance with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Issues with technology

We are currently reviewing our website intending to make it compliant with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 by September 2020.

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

Some elements are not keyboard accessible and there are issues with keyboard focus

Using the tab key to move around pages doesn’t always work. Some navigation functions are not useable with just a keyboard.

Videos do not have audio description

Many of our videos contain significant amounts of content through speech. Some videos will benefit from having an audio description for visually impaired people.

We are planning a project to review and implement text transcription of audio within videos. It is our intention to have this project completed for September 2020.

Audio streams do not have transcripts

We will review the audio streams we have on this website and aim to provide transcripts where needed by September 2020.

Headings are not applied consistently across pages in the site

Some pages use headings inconsistently. We will review and correct the use of headings as we complete our accessibility review project.

Issues with PDFs and other documents

The LSE website contains pdf documents and documents created with standard Microsoft Office software. Not all PDFs and Word documents meet accessibility standards for legibility or compatibility with screen reader technology.

The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. We’ll consider this as we review and update all our content.

How we tested this website

Our website was tested as it was built during 2016 and 2017.

As part of our process of compliance with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 we have conducted more internal testing on the site, reviewing key pages that represent the major forms of content on the website. This includes:

  • Navigation
  • Search
  • Finder pages
  • Main content pages, covering our content templates
  • Forms

We will conduct further analysis, possibly with the assistance of a third-party, during late 2019 and early 2020.

This statement was last updated on 26 September 2019.