The Business School’s website accessibility statement is part of a formal policy that addresses disability in the broadest sense. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all.

Accessibility statement for the University of Edinburgh Business School subsites ([x]

This statement applies to the following University of Edinburgh Business School subsites:

These websites are run by the University of Edinburgh Business School. 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 300% without the text spilling off the screen

We've also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

AbilityNet—My Computer My Way

Customising our site

You can customise the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

Display settings

In order to make our website easier to read and navigate, you can change display settings, such as:

  • Text size
  • Colour and contrast
  • Screen magnification
  • Style sheets

Guidance on how to improve accessibility and customise your settings for internet browsers

Our site functions best in modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Edge tends to be the most compatible with assistive software and does not require any plugins. For information on customising your settings, please see the following guidance.

How accessible this website is

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

  • It is not currently possible to fully navigate our subsites using a keyboard
  • Social media icons do not have text alternatives or a description of the link
  • Some images on older news articles may not have alternative text
  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Not all media will have a transcript or be subtitled

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, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We'll consider your request and get back to you within 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 our accessibility requirements, please let us know.

Report an Accessibility Problem

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).

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

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

To visit us in person or contact the appropriate department for your enquiry, please access our contact page.

Contact Us

Technical information about this website's accessibility

The University of Edinburgh Business School 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 version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

1.1.1 Non-text Content and 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context)

  • Our social media icon links and image links through to old news articles do not have a text description
  • Labels on form submission buttons are missing
  • Not all images have alternative text

1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded)

  • Not all our PDFs and Word documents meet accessibility standards
  • Not all video will have subtitles or subtitles that identify all speakers as well as noting other significant sounds, e.g. laughter

1.3.1 Info and Relationships

  • Our maps and some video content uses HTML to format content. Some are embedded in iframes that specify height, width, or other presentational attributes, contrary to WCAG 1.3.1.

1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) Level AA

  • Some information on overview pages does not meet the minimum contrast level for AA compliance.

2.1.1 Keyboard Accessible

  • It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content

2.4.7 Focus Visible

  • It is not always clear which field is being selected when using the keyboard to navigate, including some form functions.

We aim to have a complete solution to these issues, or a significant improvement, in place by September 2020.

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


It is unlikely that the maps displayed on this website are fully accessible with all assistive technologies. Maps are currently not within the scope of the regulations, however all our maps do feature on pages alongside a text-based version of the address.

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be structured so they're accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value).

While the majority of our PDFs and Word documents contain information available elsewhere on the website, we do have some material in PDF/Word document format that are used for informational, archival, and/or submission purposes.

We are in discussions with teams regarding the viability of PDFs and Word documents as featured on our website, and are working to minimise the number of these on our website and/or make them available in another accessible format.

However, the accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they're not essential to providing our services.

Going forward, we will try to ensure any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards and where we find any that are not accessible we will try to rectify this as soon as possible.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 1 October 2019. The test was carried out by the Business School Web Team using an automated tool: WAVE, the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

  • We're planning to move our existing subsites to a new Content Management System in early 2020 and rebuild them to be compliant with WCAG 2.0 Level AA. We hope to complete the move of all subsites by September 2020
  • We are working on accessibility policies to be added to our existing web strategy and policy documents and which will be shared with staff requesting changes
  • A limited number of users have access to edit our site. Therefore, we have minimised the opportunity for non-accessible content to be uploaded going forward
  • We are participating in initiatives led by the Universtiy of Edinburgh to promote awareness of and compliance with accessibility legislation in order to benefit the users of our websites

This statement was prepared on 7 October 2019. It was last updated on 12 November 2019.