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Accessibility statement

Our accessibility statement covering the use of this website inline with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is run by the School of Social and Political Science at The University of Edinburgh. It uses the open source Omeka content management system. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this site. For example, that means you should be able to:

How accessible this website is

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

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille please contact the School IT Information Helpline by email at sps.support@ed.ac.uk.

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

How to report 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 please let us know by email at sps.support@ed.ac.uk.

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

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 service’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its website and the websites it hosts accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

We are aware that several items on our website do not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria. Some of these issues are due to the Omeka content management system and third-party themes/plugins we use. Omeka have stated that they are working to improve outstanding accessibility issues. Some examples of noncompliance on our website are:

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Our older PDFs do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they are accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value)

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.

Regulations for PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018

As we add content to our website we will run accessibility tests on current content and aim to replace any we find which is not accessible.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted. Where issues are within our direct control, we will work to provide a significant improvement by September 2021. We will prioritise the issues we have identified with the use of keyboard navigation and with the use of Screen Readers with the aim of resolving these as quickly as possible.

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 20 September 2020. The test was carried out on a sample of pages by the website administrators in September 2020. We carried out testing using WAVE WebAim in Firefox and Chrome browsers.