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 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’.


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


If you find something on our website that does not comply with the accessibility requirement please notify us by emailing subject title ‘Dataschools accessibility’