Accessibility policy

The ARCHER team is committed to ensuring that its websites are accessible to the widest possible audience, including disabled users.

The ARCHER website accessibility policy

Policy intention

The long-term goal and intention of this policy is to state clear accessibility principles that ARCHER websites should follow.

The ARCHER team develops its website in line with the W3C recommended version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The ARCHER team acknowledges that this is an anticipatory and continuing work in progress and, in order to ensure no user is disadvantaged while this work is carried out, the ARCHER team intends to respond to all requests for assistance with accessibility by altering the necessary content as soon as possible. Appropriate channels of communication are available to allow visitors to give feedback about any accessibility issues.

The ARCHER team will make reasonable adjustments to ensure specific individual needs that cannot be addressed by mainstreamed adjustments are met.

Policy dimensions

For the purpose of this policy, the term "websites" includes:

  • Websites (public and non authenticated) managed and under the control of the ARCHER team using the domain (
  • Material managed and hosted by the ARCHER team on these pages such as documents, audio, video and any other additional files.

Policy principles

The ARCHER team will adhere to the following principles in relation to its websites:

  • The websites shall provide appropriate channels of communication for feedback about accessibility.
  • The websites shall meet the ARCHER team's responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) and The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

Guidance and Support

The University of Edinburgh supports staff building and maintaining University websites and associated material to enable them to comply with this policy and has created guidance for this purpose.

The ARCHER team have endeavoured to follow the Guidance for building and maintaining accessible University websites in the writing and maintenance of the ARCHER websites.

Changes to this policy

This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our user community.

Policy updates

This policy was first published in February 2019.

No updates to date.

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This article was published on 26th February 2019.