Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) staff intranet

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

This accessibility statement applies to:

This website is run by the School of Philosophy Psychology and Language Sciences at 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:

  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen;
  • using your browser settings, change colours, contrast levels and fonts while retaining most functionality;
  • experience no time limits when using the site;
  • utilise tooltips at all points throughout the website.

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. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible:

External web link AbilityNet – My Computer My Way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website using your browser settings to make it easier to read and navigate:

External web link Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of University staff or a student, you can use the free SensusAccess accessible document conversion service:

External web link Information on SensusAccess

How accessible this website is

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

  • some parts of the website may not be fully compatible with screen readers, in particular the organograms;
  • speech-to-text assistive technology is not necessarily able to reach all parts of the website;
  • alternative text is not present on all non-text content;
  • not all links indicate whether they open a new window;
  • colour contrasts do not necessarily meet the recommended Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA standard;
  • users may not be able to access all content by using the keyboard alone or solely through tabbing;
  • italicisation and continuous capitals can be found in some areas of the website.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, including accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille:

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

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are 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 contact:

We will 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:

External web link Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:

External web link Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

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.

External web link contactSCOTLAND-BSL service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and the University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites and applications 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 (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:

link/url icon Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard

Non accessible content

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

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

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

Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution, or significant improvement, will be in place for those items within our control by June 2022.

Disproportionate burden

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

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

We are not currently claiming that there is any content outwith the scope of the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted to deliver a solution or suitable workaround. Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place for those items within our control by June 2022.

As noted above, due to the complex nature of the information displayed and the content type, specifically mapping, it may not be possible to resolve all accessibility issues. However, 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 3rd November 2021. It was last reviewed on 3rd November 2021.

This website was last tested in October 2021. This website was tested by the University of Edinburgh’s Disability Information team in October 2021, using the Internet Explorer (19041.1052) alongside Mozilla Firefox (78.11.0esr), Microsoft Edge (91.0.864.59) and Google Chrome (91.0.4471.124) browsers. Internet Explorer is still commonly used by disabled people, due to its accessibility features and compatibility with assistive technology, as shown in a UK government survey:

link/url icon UK Government Assistive Technology Browser Survey

However, a more recent world-wide usage levels survey for different screen readers and browsers shows that Chrome is increasing in popularity and is now the favoured browser for screen readers.

link/url icon WebAIM: Screen Reader User Survey 2021

Because of this, and due to many websites not being designed for Internet Explorer, we also tested on Firefox, Chrome and Edge to ensure breadth and variety. Moreover, Edge is the technical replacement for Internet Explorer, which in all likelihood will not be fully supported by Microsoft in the future.

We tested:

  • Spellcheck functionality;
  • Scaling using different resolutions and reflow;
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour et. cetera);
  • Keyboard navigation and keyboard traps;
  • Data validation;
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window;
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only;
  • Flashing, moving or scrolling text;
  • Operability if JavaScript is disabled;
  • Use with screen reading software (for example, JAWS);
  • Assistive software (TextHelp Read and Write, ZoomText, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, TalkBack and VoiceOver);
  • Tooltips and text alternatives for any non-text content;
  • Time limits.