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Digital Accessibility & Usability Tester

Employer
The Open University
Location
Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes
Salary
Up to £14.3 per hour
Closing date
18 Jan 2021

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Sector
IT
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Job Details

Our client, The Open University is a public distance learning and Research University, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.

The staff are committed to putting their students first and to supporting them to realise their potential. Study with the OU is more than just education - it is life changing learning, do you want to be part of this team?

They are looking to recruit a Digital Accessibility and Usability Tester to work within a small team, starting asap for 6 months, working full time and paying £14.30ph. This role will work from home initially and equipment will be supplied.

The role

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute your expertise to the newly formed Accessibility and Usability Evaluation Team. The team will increase the internal accessibility and usability testing capabilities and capacities of the OU. This will ensure that we are meeting and responding to the changing digital requirements of our students and users as well as developing and delivering systems and websites which are as accessible and usable as possible.

The post holder will be responsible for conducting accessibility and usability testing according to established processes and standards in order to produce evaluations and reports for stakeholders. This will include conducting user testing and working with team members to assess and develop the systems and websites used by OU students and staff.



Skills and Experience required

  • Work experience at a comparable level.
  • An ability to use suitable automated testing tools where appropriate but most testing time is manual, so using screen readers, magnifiers, speech recognition and browsers and other tools to conduct the manual tests and support anything which can't be covered with the automated testing or reports or needs investigating further.
  • Knowledge of appropriate guidelines e.g. WCAG
  • Knowledge of the standards used to develop websites and mobile apps - e.g. HTML, CSS, WAI-ARIA and JavaScript, as well as basic concepts of digital accessibility and usability.
  • Experience in testing application accessibility/usability and assisting developers in remediating defects.
  • An ability to use suitable automated testing tools where appropriate but most testing time is manual, so using screen readers, magnifiers, speech recognition and browsers and other tools to conduct the manual tests and support anything which can't be covered with the automated testing or reports or needs investigating further.

If this is the ideal role for you, please apply online or call Sophie Holmes or Angela Hoxley on 01908 246715 to discuss further and to receive the full job spec.

Company

TAPFIN, part of ManpowerGroup, are now working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary and contingent requirements across their various locations.

How would you like to help someone change their life?

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK’s largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
 
Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.
 
All of our roles play a key part in our students' journey.  The Open University helps anyone in the UK better themselves, whatever their age, background or circumstances. Dip into our series of Open Diaries and discover what it’s like for our students to take that life-changing step that you could be a part of. 

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