This website is run by the SCCS Team based 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 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using 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.

AbilityNet - My computer my way

How accessible this website is

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

  • Not all images have alternate text
  • Some pages are missing a first level heading
  • There are some pages where headings skip a level
  • Some adjacent links go to the same location
  • Some links contain no text
  • Some buttons contain no text

Feedback and contact information

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


Contact form:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Report an accessibility problem

Please get in touch if you are experiencing any problems accessing our information and services online. You can contact us by emailing or by using our online contact form.

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.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

Some buttons do not contain text:

Some links contain no text:

Some pages do not have a first level heading and sometimes skip heading levels:

Not all form elements have corresponding label elements.

Some content cannot be presented without loss of information when magnified to the maximum browser level.

Pictures of text are used to convey information on certain pages

When text is zoomed to 400%, the user may need to scroll horizontally

It is not always obvious which item has focus. Keyboard focus is not always obvious and intuitive.

Skip links are enabled but do not currently work as expected.

Tooltips disappear as soon as the cursor moves.

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). You can also refer to the government’s advice on enforcement.

Customising our site

The following links provide guidance on how to change your display settings, depending on your preferred browser:

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

Disproportionate burden

We are not claiming disproportionate burden with any part of the website at this time.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDF documents:

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to work with the Web Development Team to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround.

We will continue to monitor system accessibility and will carry out further accessibility testing as these issues are resolved. However, due to the complex nature of the information displayed it may not be possible to resolve all accessibility issues. If this is the case, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged.

How we tested this website

We tested:

  • Spellcheck functionality
  • Data validation
  • Scaling using different resolutions
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font and background colour changing etc)
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only
  • Use with screen reading software (ChromeVox)
  • Time limits

We also tested a sample of the pages manually using a web accessibility checker - WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation. This was completed by: IS WDT and was conducted on a random selection of pages.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 28/08/2020. It was last reviewed on 21/09/2020.

This website was last tested on August 2020. The test was carried out by IS WDT.