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 differences (SpLD), including the autistic spectrum and Asperger's Syndrome
  • medical conditions which may have an impact on day-to-day activities

Disability policy documents

The University has several policy documents concerning disability.

The Equality and Diversity Strategy and Action Plan

There is 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 (WCAG) and is working towards following the requirements and recommendations of the UK implementation of the International Standard - 'Information technology — Development of user interface accessibility'.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview

International Standard - Development of user interface accessibility

UK legislation

Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations

An EU directive on the accessibility of websites and web applications of public sector bodies came into force in September 2018. This was passed into UK law entitled as the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This law reinforces the need to follow the standards above and in particular those defined in WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

Making public sector websites and web applications accessible

Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations

Equality Act 2010

The University of Edinburgh must also meet the Equality Act 2010:

Equality Act 2010

More guidance on the Equality Act can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission webpages:

Equality Act 2010 guidance

As part of the Equality Act the University as a Scottish public body must meet the (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012. Please note amendments were made to these in 2015 and 2016.

Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012

For more guidance see the Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance on the Scottish Specific Duties

Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance