Accessibility statement for

Our website is built using Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), according to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards.

It is designed to comply with our own accessibility standards, in line with recognised best practice.

For example, our website follows the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the British standard BS 8878 framework for web accessibility.

This website is run by Digital Skills and Training 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 colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • 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)

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

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

How accessible this website is

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

  • Most screen readers can read most of the content but struggle with the drop down menus on the finding a course section
  • On the Resource Finder page it can be hard to tell where you have tabbed to in the table and the process of selection from the drop down menu without a mouse is quite fiddly.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

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

  • Email:
  • Call: 0131 651 5151
  • Address: Digital Skills and Training, Argyle House (Floor H East), 3 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh, EH3 9DS.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in five working days.

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, contact us by email at

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, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us by

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 version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

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

  • On the Resource Finder page, the resource name form control does not show a corresponding label for screen readers.


This falls under W.C.A.G success criterion 2.4.6 (Heading and labels) for Level AA.

 How we tested this website

This website was last tested on the 12th November, 2018. The test was carried out by The University of Edinburgh’s Disability Information Officer. All recommendations have since been implemented.

All pages on the website were tested. This is part of a bi-annual auditing process.

We tested:

  • All pages under our main website platform, available at 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We regularly test new content to ensure they are accessible before adding. We also run a full annual audit of all web pages hosted in In addition, we implement all feedback provided by our users to ensure our website and its content are accessible to all and are non-discriminatory.

This statement was prepared on 15th November, 2018. It was last updated on the 2nd of October, 2019.


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