The University of St Andrews is committed to making the University website accessible for all users.
To achieve this, the design of web pages and apps, as well as the content within these, must comply with the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA accessibility standard.
Making a website or mobile app accessible means making sure it can be used by as many people as possible. This includes those with:
- impaired vision
- motor difficulties
- cognitive impairments or learning disabilities
- deafness or impaired hearing.
By law, all public sector websites and mobile and web applications published after 23 September 2019 must meet the WCAG 2.1 AA standard. This standard also applies to any PDFs or Word documents published online.
By 23 September 2020, all existing websites (those published before 23 September 2019) must meet the accessibility standard. All mobile apps need to be accessible by 23 June 2021.
Making your site accessible
The digital communications team are happy to help University staff improve the accessibility of the content they are responsible for. The tools and training below are offered to all staff to support this.
The digital communications team uses Siteimprove to monitor and fix any accessibility issues on the University's website. If you would like to improve the accessibility of your own site using this tool, please email digital communications (firstname.lastname@example.org). The team intend to offer Siteimprove access and training to all interested staff in the near future.
Creating accessible content training
In 2020, the digital communications team will provide training in creating accessible content for the web as part of the digital visa.
Digital communications team blog
There is a collection of blog posts about developments in accessible web design, as well as guides to help you create accessible content. See the accessibility section of the digital communications team’s blog.