Our Journey Into Digital Inclusion
Welcome to the Inclusive UCC website! We are a project group within University College Cork that is dedicated to promoting digital inclusion for all students. We aim to help UCC become a leader in digital accessibility, ensuring everyone has equal access to the university's learning resources.
We provide resources and support to help UCC staff understand the importance of digital inclusion and make their digital content more accessible to our diverse student population. We believe digital inclusion is essential for creating a level playing field and providing equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their background or abilities. Join us in our mission to make UCC a more inclusive place for all.
Below, you will find information about our project. Simply click on the question below to reveal the answer in the accordion menu.
Download a copy of the Introduction Transcript
The purpose of this project is to help UCC in its broader aim to be a leader in digital inclusion. It will introduce you to some of the most critical aspects of digital accessibility and is designed to be a 'first step' in helping UCC ensure that its digital content is inclusive and meets legal requirements.
The aim is to allow you to "put yourselves in the shoes" of your students so that you can better understand the true value of digital inclusion and the impact that it can have on levelling the playing field for all.
Download a copy of the EU Web Accessibility Directive Transcript
The EU Web Accessibility Directive (Directive (EU) 2016/2102) was signed into Irish Law in September 2020. The directive affords people with disabilities access to improved websites and mobiles apps of public services. The transposition of the Web Directive into Irish Law obliges websites and apps of public sector bodies to meet specific technical accessibility standards.
The Directive itself does not actually contain any of the rules that websites and apps need to follow to stay in compliance. WCAG 2.1 guidelines are organised under 4 principles: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust (POUR). To meet the requirements of WCAG 2.1, UCC and all Irish public bodies should comply with Level AA.
Download a copy of the Why an Inclusive UCC Transcript
In this video, you will hear from some of the senior management team and students. They outline why an inclusive UCC is important to both students and staff at UCC and the impact it can have.
Download a copy of the Digital Inclusion Transcrpt
Watch the Digital Inclusion at UCC video below which features staff and a student discussing their experiences and what inclusion means to them.