Accessibility Statement for the University of Edinburgh Online Exhibitions Platform

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

This accessibility statement applies to:

 

https://exhibitions.ed.ac.uk/.

 

This website is run by the Centre for Research Collections (CRC), based with Information Services Group 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:

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:

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:

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:

Information on SensusAccess

How accessible this website is

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

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:

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

 

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 website’s accessibility

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:

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 February 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

The site has reproductions of items in heritage collections that cannot be made fully accessible, in particular because of the incompatibility of the accessibility requirement with either the preservation of the item concerned or the authenticity of the reproduction.

The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 state that heritage collections are not within the scope of the accessibility regulations where the following apply:

“These Regulations do not apply to the following content of a website or mobile application of a public sector body

(f)reproductions of items in heritage collections that cannot be made fully accessible because of either—

(i)the incompatibility of the accessibility requirement with either the preservation of the item concerned or the authenticity of the reproduction; or

(ii)the unavailability of automated and cost-efficient solutions that would easily extract the text of manuscripts or other items in heritage collections and transform it into content compatible with the accessibility requirement;”

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted and work with the supplier to resolve these. We will review the site on a regular basis and continue to strive to address these issues and 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 February 2022.

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 6th September 2021. It was last reviewed on 17th September 2021.

This website was tested on 3rd September 2021. The test was carried out by the Library and University Collections Digital Library team, Information Services Group. We tested using the browsers Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Chrome is considered the most popular browser when using a screen reader, as confirmed by current world-wide usage levels for different assistive technology options:

 

2021 WebAim screen reader survey.

 

The aforementioned three browsers have been used in certain questions for reasons of breadth and variety.

 

We tested: