Accessibility statement for Teaching Matters Website and Blog

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

Teaching Matters Website and Blog  – is a website hosted by the Institute for Academic Development at The University of Edinburgh on behalf of the University of Edinburgh.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website. For example, this means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts.
  • experience no time limits to content
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Magnify up to 300% without text spilling off and pages will reflow
  • Navigate most of the content 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.

Customising the website

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

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.

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of the University staff or a student you can use the free Sensus Access accessible document conversion service.

SenusAccess Information

How accessible this website is

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

  • For all non- text content such as images and icons there may not have text descriptions
  • Not all colour contrasts meet recommended guidance
  • The captions on our videos are automatically created and have not been human corrected and therefore will contain inaccuracies
  • Our audio only content does not have transcripts
  • Not all our PDF’s meet current accessibility guidelines

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille please contact the website team by contacting us:

Email :

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 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 please let us know by contacting:

Email :

We’ll 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

British Sign Language Scotland 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 from 8am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week.

British Sign Language Scotland service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

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


Compliance Status

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.

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

A complete solution or significant improvement will be in place by March 2021 where the issues are within our control.

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

At this time we are not claiming that any content is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations.


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to work with external developing team to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround and correct issues directly where they are under our control. This website was developed in-house for this project.

We will continue to monitor accessibility and will carry out further accessibility testing if significant changes are made to the user interface or if a service user raises an issue. To plan to resolve the issues that are within our control by March 2021 We plan to manual review the accessibility of the site and make improvements and update this statement before December 2021.Where we are unable to resolve an issue or where an issue is out with our control we will ensure reasonable adjustments are put in place to ensure no user is disadvantaged

Information Services and accessibility

Information Services (IS) has further information on accessibility including assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users.

Assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 14th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 15th September 2020.

This website was last tested on 14th September 2020. The test was carried out by staff at the Institute of Academic Development using the automated WAVE WebAIM automated web accessibility testing tool. We also supplemented this with very basic manual tests where the automated results were unclear. The website is scheduled for full manual testing by December 2021

We tested the main page and the 15 most recent blogs

We tested for:

  • Ability to magnify up to 300% and reflow
  • Alternative text for non-text content
  • Captioning for audio/visual content
  • Ability to navigate to all content using a keyboard and if there are nay keyboard traps
  • Colour contrast
  • Moving, flashing or scrolling text
  • Pages have a tile and language specified
  • Headings are used
  • Compatibility with assistive technology such as JAWS and ZoomText