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Accessibility statement for The University of Edinburgh (Alumni Census)

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

This accessibility statement applies to The University of Edinburgh's Alumni Census website, as a subsite of The University of Edinburgh's "" domain. The aim of the Alumni Census website is to allow graduates of The University of Edinburgh to provide the Development and Alumni department with up–to–date contact and employment information. We aim to achieve the recommended government standard for web accessibility (WCAG 2.1 AA).

This website is run by the Development and Alumni department on behalf of 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 just 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 also aim to make 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 to make it easier to read and navigate.

Addtional information on how to customise our website appearance

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible. We are working on these parts of the site and are committed to producing an accessible site for all users. Those parts with accessibility problems are as follows:

  • some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers

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:

We'll consider your request and aim to get back to you in 10 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We're 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, contact the Development and Alumni team:

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.

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 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1

Non accessible content

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

Noncompliance with accessibility regulation

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

  • Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio.

  • It might not be possible for all form fields to be programmatically determined. This means that when using auto-fill functionality for forms not all fields will identify the meaning for input data accurately.

Disproportionate burden

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

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

We do not believe there are any parts of the alumni census website that are not within the scope of this accessibility review.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

  • We use a design framework (EdGEL) which is stable and has been tested for accessibility issues. This cuts down, but doesn't totally remove, the risk of web editors adding design elements that are not accessible.
  • A full University web estate audit to assess issues with site accessibility, security and data protection. This has led to over 200 sites being decommissioned since December 2018.
  • Publishing a University web strategy and governance approach.
  • Support, guidance and training process in place for all University to increase awareness of accessibility and what our responsibilities are.

    • From May 2020 onwards we are running a series of workshops and campaigns to highlight the importance of Word, PDF and web accessibility and train users in how to audit and then improve accessibility of these documents and web components.
  • Project in 2019-2020 to create a website design and development framework for the University where accessibility will be a priority.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 24 July 2020. It was last reviewed on 24 July 2020.

This website was last tested on 13 July 2020 and we continue to audit. This test was carried out with automated auditing tools as well as manual testing by our University’s staff.

Our approach to accessibility testing and sample pages