Accessibility Statement for Student Placements

Accessibility Statement for Abyasa Pro for Bath Spa University


Our student placement mangement platform is supplied by an external provider, Abyasa, for Bath Spa University. The information below has been provided in collaboration with Abyasa.

Using the Abyasa Pro platform

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this platform. For example, that means you should be able to:  

  • navigate most of the platform using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the platform using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the platform using a screen reader.

We’ve made the text used in the platform as simple as possible to understand.

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

How accessible is this platform?

We know some parts of this platform aren’t fully accessible:

  • some of the images do not yet have alternate text
  • some form elements do not have labels.
  • some parts might not be easy to navigate using just a keyboard.

What to do if you can’t access parts of this platform

If you need information on this platform in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording, or braille please email your academic tutor. We will consider your request and get back to you in two days. 

Reporting accessibility problems with this platform

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this platform. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, please contact your academic tutor.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this platform’s accessibility

Bath Spa University is committed to working with Abyasa to make the platform accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

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

Issues with text

Some link text doesn’t make sense when read on its own (for example, ‘click here’).

We plan to fix the existing links by September 2020.

Issues with PDFs and other documents

No issues were detected with PDFs and we have updated other documents to be more accessible.

Issues with images, video and audio

Some images don’t have alternative text, as they are decorative only. We plan to add alt text to all images by September 2020.

Issues with interactive tools and transactions

  • Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard, for example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.
  • Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website.

We plan to work with our supplier, Abyasa, to fix these issues by September 2020.

How we tested this platform

Since the Abyasa platform resides behind a firewall, we could not perform a digital accessibility check using freely available tools. This means that we do not have the full picture of accessibility issues with the platform. We have, however, manually reviewed the documents and forms we use with the platform and they are now accessible.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Abyasa’s developers have committed to fix any accessibility issues before September 2020. We will make an assessment of the extent of Abyasa’s digital accessibility compliance at that time. This will also be taken into account when the supplier contract is up for renewal. 

This statement was prepared on 17 September 2019. It was last updated on 23 September 2019.

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