About our website

Accessibility statement

The University’s website accessibility statement is part of a formal policy that addresses disability in the broadest sense.

The University of Edinburgh is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all.

Our commitment to accessibility

We aim to create an environment that enables anyone to participate fully in the mainstream of university life.

We have a formal policy that addresses disability, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and includes:

  • mobility and sensory impairments
  • mental health issues
  • specific learning difficulties (SpLD), including the autistic spectrum and Aspergers Syndrome
  • medical conditions which may have an impact on day-to-day activities

Disability support

Staff disability

Information for staff is on the Human Resources website.

Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions about staff disability. Danny Higginson is currently the Staff Disability Officer for the University and can provide information and to advice to disabled individuals and generic advice on staff disability.

Student disability

Information for students is on the Student Disability Service website.

Disability policy documents

The University has several policy documents concerning disability.

The Equality and Diversity Strategy and Action Plan 2011-2012

There is also a single equality strategy, for staff and students, to ensure that equality and diversity are guiding principles in our pursuit of academic excellence.

Strategy and Action Plan

The University of Edinburgh Web Accessibility Policy

The University has a formal policy on website accessibility. The policy states that the University of Edinburgh is committed to ensuring that its websites are accessible to the widest possible audience, including disabled users.

The University of Edinburgh Web Accessibility Policy

Website standards compliance

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.