Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Accessibility statement for 2018-19 report website

Accessibility statement for the University of Edinburgh’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability 2018-19 reporting microsite.

The website is run by the University of Edinburgh’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. We want as many people as possible to be able to use the website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen (excluding tables)
  • 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)

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.

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

We know some parts of the website are not fully accessible

  • Google charts require hover to view numbers, and the view is impeded on zoom.
  • The navigation bar obscures the main content up to around 50% of the height when zooming in between 175% and 250% on a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen. Zoom in more for the top bar to reduce to the minimised size.
  • The external comments section contains links as part of the scrolling feature which move between the comments but do not link off to a URL. To pause the automatic scroll, hover is required.
  • Zooming in on the Key Performance Indicator table may cause the table to go off-screen, depending on size of screen and level of zoom.
  • Sustainable Development Goal icons contain text on the image and some colours combinations have low contrast. See full information on Sustainable Development Goals in the Sustainable Development Goals section, where each goal is written in full, and mapped against the report.

What to do if you cannot access parts of the website

If you need information on the website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact:

General enquiries

  • Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Contact details



Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

Post Code

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

Reporting accessibility problems with the website

We are 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, please contact:

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

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 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 the 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.

The 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.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

The arrows to scroll through the external comments are links with no value. Titles added to explain function.


Information is conveyed as an image of text rather than as text itself so that it's not compatible with screen readers and other assistive technology. The Sustainable Development goal icons appear in this way. They are explained in detail in the Sustainable Development Goals section, and include alt text.


There is not sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours on images of Sustainable Development Goal icons, especially where the text size is very small. 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 when magnified to the maximum browser level, for example, google charts and some tables of information. Horizontal scroll is a feature of the timeline.


Numbers on Google Charts appear and disappear as the cursor moves.


Zooming in between 175% and 250% on a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen causes the top navigation to obscure the main content up to around 50% of the height.


Unless specified otherwise a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place by May 2021. We will improve the website layout for next year’s report, and copy them over to the 2018-19 report.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to work on the site to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround by May 2021.  We used a design framework (EdGEL) as the base for the microsite, which is stable and has been tested for accessibility issues. We will continue to monitor the website’s accessibility and will carry out further accessibility testing if significant changes are made to or if a service user raises an issue. We plan to conduct full manual accessibility testing of the site by December 2021 . Until we are able to resolve an issue or if we are unable to resolve any issue, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 19th February 2020. It was last reviewed on 21st September 2020. The test was carried out by the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. This was performed by using WebAims WAVE accessibility evaluation tool and going through the website and Accessibility Regulations manually. The full microsite was tested.