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
Information for staff is on the Human Resources website.
Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions about staff disability. Jean Tennant 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.
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
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.
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.
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.