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Our aim is to make the website as usable and accessible as possible, so we hope you can find, access and use the material you're looking for.

Help with seeing our website

The website content is displayed using cascading style sheets (CSS) which means that you can resize the text within the web browser you are using and make it a size that you find easier to read. For more information on how to do this, please see:

Making text larger

The website uses responsive templates that re-arrange content according to the width of the screen you are using. This makes the content easier to read whether you are using a desktop PC, a tablet or a phone.

Help with navigating our website

All pages contain a link to the home page by clicking on the University of Sunderland logo and all pages include a search box: both are found in the menu area at the top of the page. Breadcrumbs underneath the search box and above the page content can help users retrace steps through the site.

The site map can be found in the footer of every page. You can also use our feedback form to ask us about any content you are unable to find.


A description of every image is provided, either in the alt tag or on the page itself.


We try to ensure that link text makes sense out of context and that it accurately describes the pages it points to. You can use the tab key on your keyboard (as well as your mouse) to move from consecutive link to link.

PDF files

Some of the information on our website is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. Later versions of this software provide a number of features that improve access for users. Advice and help on creating accessible PDF documents using the Read Out Loud functionality is available.

Get accessibility help

You can find guidance from the BBC about:

Making your mouse easier to use

Using your keyboard to control your mouse

Alternatives to a keyboard and mouse

Increasing the size of the text in your web browser

Changing text and background colours

How to magnify your screen

Screen readers and talking browser

Our conformance claim for this site

The University of Sunderland is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives members of the public and members of the University community full access to University information, courses and activities offered publicly through the web. All pages should validate as HTML 5 and use Cascading Style Sheets. These pages aim to meet Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.0.

Accessibility Issues

While we have tried to make the site as accessible as possible in as many situations as possible, we recognise that some problems may remain. Additionally, the size of the site means that some page content may not be as accessible as it could be.

If you feel that the accessibility of a page is not as high as it could be, please get in touch with us.

Using Your Personal Information

The details you supply on this form will not be used by the University of Sunderland for marketing purposes nor will it be disclosed to third parties.  We may contact you in response to your message but if you would prefer us not to then please let us know.

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