Accessibility statement for University of Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society Webpages

Website accessibility statement inline with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

This accessibility statement applies to

The University of Edinburgh Data Culture and Society webpages are run by the University and Library Collections division of Information Services at 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
  • 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. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible:

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

If you are a member of the University staff or a student you can use the free Sensus Access accessible document conversion service.

SenusAccess Information


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


Feedback and Contact Information

If you need information on this service in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

If you need information on this website in a different format, including accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille:

Contact the Information Services Helpline

We’ll process your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

If you are a member of the University staff or a Student you can use the free Sensus Access accessible document conversion service Information on SensusAccess Conversion Service


Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this service. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact:


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)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:

Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website


Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

contactSCOTLAND-BSL 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

contactSCOTLAND-BSL service details


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites and applications 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 (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard

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.
  • 1.1.1. Non Text Content
  • 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.
  • 2.2.2- Pause, Stop and Hide

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


Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.


Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

A PDF file on this site is outside the scope of the accessibility regulations.

Link to the file in question:

If you would like to access a Word Document version of this file, please send us an email at to request this.


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution, or significant improvement, will be in place for those items within our control by December 2020.

We will continue to monitor the systems accessibility and will carry out further accessibility testing if significant changes are made to the user interface or if a service user raises an issue. Where we are working to resolve an issue or where we are unable to resolve an issue we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged.


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


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 18/09/19. It was last reviewed on 28/08/2020.

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 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