Accessibility

This is the website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

This website is run by the University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change most of the colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
  • No information is conveyed by colour or sound only

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

Customising the website

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

AbilityNet - My computer my way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • May not be fully compatible with screen readers
  • May not be fully compatible with other forms of assistive technology e.g. Read and Write, Zoomtext
  • May not be able to access all content by using the keyboard alone and it is unclear where you have tabbed to
  • There is some movement on the site
  • A user is not notified when a link opens a new window

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

Please note that if you require any content or web related resources such as media, documents or downloads in an alternative format please contact the Information Services Helpline on 0131 651 5151 or use their online contact form.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements please let us know by contacting the Information Services Helpline on 0131 651 5151

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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly.

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

British Sign Language Scotland runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates from 8am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week. 

British Sign Language Scotland service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh 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 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:

 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

  • It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content
  • Information is conveyed as an image of text rather than as text itelf so that it's not compatible with screen readers and other assistive technology
  • All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose.
  • Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio
  • Some content cannot be presented without loss of information if the line height, paragraph spacing, letter spacing or word spacing is increased.
  • There is content that has moving, blinking or scrolling information that (1) starts automatically, (2) lasts more than five seconds, and (3) is presented in parallel with other content, there is a mechanism for the user to pause, stop, or hide it unless the movement, blinking, or scrolling is part of an activity where it is essential.

Unless specified otherwise a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place by September 2020. We also plan to remove the use of italics and continuous capitals wherever possible.

How we tested this website

This system was last tested by the University of Edinburgh’s Web Developers in August 2019 via sampling the majority of pages across the website. We tested the system on suite of operating systems and browsers including the Internet Explorer 11 as this is the browsers most commonly used by disabled users due to its accessibility features and compatibility with assistive technology, as shown by the Government Assistive Technology Survey

We are in the process of undertaking further accessibility testing with the Information Services Disability Team. This testing will include

We tested:

  • Spellcheck functionality
  • Data validation
  • Scaling using different resolutions
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font and background colour changing etc)
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only
  • Flashing or scrolling text
  • Operability if Javascript is disabled
  • Use with screenreading software (JAWS)
  • Time limits
  • Access to specialist help

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Once the further accessibility testing is complete, we work with the developers to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround. We are in the process of undertaking further accessibility testing with the Information Services Disability Team

We will continue to monitor system accessibility and will carry out further accessibility testing as these issues are resolved. However, due to the complex nature of the information displayed it may not be possible to resolve all accessibility issues. If this is the case, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged. We plan to have resolved the majority of accessibility issues by September 2020 at the latest.

Information Services and accessibility

Information Services (IS) has further information on accessibility including assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users.

Assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users

A-Z list of higher education terms

This glossary includes common abbreviations and acronyms used across the University of Edinburgh website.

A-Z list of higher education terms

Requesting web content in alternative formats

Please note that if you require any content or web related resources such as media, documents or downloads in an alternative format please contact the Information Services Helpline on 0131 651 5151 or use their online contact form.

Information Services online contact form

Get support

This statement was prepared on 18 September 2019. It was last updated on 19th September 2019.