Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to, the website run by Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU), which is available on both desktop and mobile.  On our website you should be able to:


  • Change the colours, contrast levels, and fonts
  • Zoom in up by to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Choose the orientation of webpages to view content in portrait or landscape
  • Increase or decrease font sizes
  • Enable reading tools such as a screen mask
  • View page content as plain text
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader

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 yet fully accessible as:

  • Older PDF documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Some of our online components are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • Images within pages managed by individual student groups may not have alternative text, and so may not be reactive when using a screen reader


What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need the information from this website in a different format such as accessible PDF, large print or easy read, please contact the MDXSU Welcome Desk via:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 00642 342234 
  • Address: SU Building, Campus Heart, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA 


We will normally respond to your request within one week.


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, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

TUSU is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.


Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons: Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations as below.


Images and alternate text

Some images do not have a text alternative, particularly on pages managed by individual clubs, societies, and other student groups and so may not be reactive when using a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We are working to include text alternatives to all images on centrally managed pages, and provide guidance to other editors on how to do this. Our new content will ensure our use of images meets accessibility standards.


Navigation using with a keyboard

Some of our online components, such as pages with a large number of images, may be difficult to navigate when using only a keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard). We plan to review the accessibility of affected pages, and action any updates or improvements through UnionCloud, our website developer, by January 2021.

  • Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations


PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. We have PDFs for our constitution and byelaws, and some forms published as Word documents or PDFs.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to improve the accessibility of this website by working on the above issues listed as not fully accessible. We intend to review the accessibility of this website annually to ensure action has been taken on the above, and that we continue to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.




Website users are encouraged to contact us on if they identify a problem with the accessibility of our website which has not been noted here.


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21st September 2020 and will be reviewed annually. This website was last tested on 10 August 2020 by Teesside University Students’ Union. We aim to ensure that all content we create is compatible with assistive technology.