Accessibility Statement

Website accessibility statement inline with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

This accessibility statement applies to[MC1] 

This website is run by the Museums and Galleries team 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:

  • using your browser settings, change colours, contrast levels and fonts;
  • 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 Job Access with Speech (JAWS), NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) and VoiceOver);
  • navigate most of the wesbite using speech recognition software;
  • utilise the features of the site on both a desktop and mobile application;
  • access and use the website without any time limits;

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. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible:

AbilityNet – My Computer My Way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website using your browser settings to make it easier to read and navigate:

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of University staff or a student, you can use the free SensusAccess accessible document conversion service:

Information on SensusAccess

How accessible this website is

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

  • some information links and news articles are presented as a carousel, with the user unable to pause or stop;
  • magnification beyond 200% leads to reflow issues;
  • keyboard navigation could be clearer in informing users where they have reached on a page;
  • there are instances of non-text content not containing alternative text;
  • not all links indicate whether they open as a new pop-up or browser windows;
  • not all colour contrasts meet the recommended Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA standard;
  • continuous capitals and italics are present in some places;

Feedback and contact information

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

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

Reporting accessibility problems with this 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 will consider your request and get back to you in 5 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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly:

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:

Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

contactSCOTLAND-BSL 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

contactSCOTLAND-BSL service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites and applications 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 (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

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

Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution, or significant improvement, will be in place for those items within our control by September 2021[MC4] .

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

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

At this time, we do not believe that any content is outside the scope of the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted, working to deliver a solution or suitable workaround. Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place for those items within our control by September 2021[MC5] .

While we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues, or where we are unable, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged. As changes are made, we will continue to review accessibility and retest the accessibility of this website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 9th March 2021. It was last reviewed on 9th March 2021

This website was last tested by the University of Edinburgh’s Deputy Disability Information Officer in February 2021, using the Internet Explorer browser (11.630.19041.0), alongside Microsoft Edge (84.0.522.52), Mozilla Firefox (78.5.0esr) and Google Chrome (86.0.4240.198) for comparative purposes. Internet Explorer was chosen due as it is often said to be the most commonly used browser by disabled people, notably due to its accessibility features and compatibility with assistive technology, as shown in a UK government survey:

UK Government Assistive Technology Browser Survey.

However, Chrome is considered the most popular browser when using a screenreader. Current world-wide usage levels for different screen readers and browsers:

Most recent WebAIM annual survey

The aforementioned other browsers have been used for certain questions for reasons of breadth and variety.

We tested:

  • Spellcheck functionality
  • Scaling using different resolutions and reflow
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour et. cetera)
  • Keyboard navigation and keyboard traps
  • Data validation
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only
  • Flashing, moving or scrolling text
  • Operability if JavaScript is disabled
  • Use with screen reading software (for example, JAWS)
  • Assistive software (TextHelp Read and Write, ZoomText, Dragon NaturallySpeaking)
  • Tooltips and text alternatives for any non-text content
  • Time limits

 [MC1]May I ask what is the most appropriate URL for inserting here?

 [MC2]What would stand as the most appropriate contact details?

 [MC3]As noted above.

 [MC4]Does this seem reasonable?

 [MC5]As noted above.