Accessibility Statement


This accessibility statement applies to :

This website is run by UHI. 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 using tools of your choice
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

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.

How accessible this website is

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

  • some PDF documents are not fully accessible
  • some embedded 3rd party content is not full accessible

Feedback and contact information

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 in 5 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 accessibility requirements, contact

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, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

UHI is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

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

We are aware that some 3rd party content on our site does not conform to WCAG AA. Elements such as :

  • Youtube embeds
  • Facebook widgets
  • Twitter widgets
  • Google maps

The range of WCAG issues is extensive and ever changing. Where we use widgets, they are typically for ancillary information and the information is available natively in the respective platforms which are linked from our website footer and/or the embeds.

We support our web content with a large number of PDFs. We are aware of a number of issues with these and are systematically working through our repository to resolve them. The most common issues are :

  • WCAG 1.1.1, non-text content, missing ALT text
  • WCAG 2.4.2, page titled, missing title tag
  • WCAG 3.3.2, labels or instructions, missing form control labels
  • WCAG 3.1.1, language of page, no natural language set (all our PDFs are written in English or Gàidhlig)

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

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We regularly run accessibility checks on our content and prioritise the rectification of any issues we notice or that are reported to us. We recognise that automated testing is only one part of the process of understanding our sites' accessibility and welcome feedback on how we might improve any aspect of our sites. We value and prioritise the personal and professional development of our webteam in the area of accessibility.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 06 April 2017. It was last reviewed on 20 June 2024.

This website is tested weekly by automated software provided as part of our enterprise search tool, Funnelback. The testing is carried out by the UHI webteam. The software tests the whole site and any issues identified are prioritised and resolved. In the process of resolving identified issues, we make additional use of the Deque ‘axe’ Chrome plugin.