Accessible Committee Papers and Committee Management Network
As the University is working to improve its accessibility on the web and within its digital services, it is important that committee managers, secretaries and report authors take into account the accessibility provisions required by committee members and attendees when preparing committee papers.
page numbering, which indicates the start of the report, rather than being continuous from the start of the cover sheet
We’re asking all paper authors to use the new template with immediate effect, and we’re encouraging everyone to use the ‘check accessibility’ function in Word, found under the ‘Review’ tab, which provides further tips and instructions on making your documents more accessible. In addition to improving accessibility, we hope that this will reduce the time committee secretaries spend reformatting reports prior to circulation.
Electronic meeting papers
Since 2019-20, electronic meeting papers have been issued as standard for all University committees. This has allowed us to reduce our impact on the environment and improve information security; it has also enabled colleagues to make documents more accessible, in accordance with their individual needs, by magnifying or reducing the size of text, changing the background colour of documents, or using ‘Read out loud’ software. All of this functionality comes as standard in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, which can be downloaded for free by University students and staff, via the Essex Software Hub.
Further accessibility information
More information on accessibility, accessible committee papers, and how you can support committee members that require reports in alternative formats, will be provided at the
10 December meeting of Committee Management Network, which is open to any staff who manage or are involved in the management of committees and the circulation of committee papers. You can book your place now, by logging into HR Organiser. We hope to see you there!
Freedom of Information TeamInformation is available on request.