UK law on web accessibility

Practical resources and advice to help you understand and implement the new legislation.

On 23 September 2018 new regulations on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies came into force in the UK.

These regulations implement the EU directive on web accessibility and require public sector websites and mobile applications to achieve specific accessibility standards. This applies to all publicly-funded higher and further education institutions. 

The government will be monitoring affected websites and apps to check they follow the rules and aren’t breaking the new legal requirements.

Read more about the new regulations on the accessibility blog >

How we can support you

Online briefing

On the 9 November 2018 we ran an online briefing to outline the upcoming changes and highlight what needs to be done to ensure legal compliance.

New guidelines - get involved

The Government Digital Service are working on guidelines for the procurement of accessible web platforms. We will continue to develop our support in response but want to ensure it suits the sector's requirements.

Share your feedback or concerns via the digital accessibility regulations JiscMail list, where you'll also receive updates and practical resources.

Accessibility snapshot

Our accessibility snapshot service is designed to help you prepare for the EU directive. 

We can help you to evaluate and review your digital platforms to identify where you are at the moment, identify gaps and recommend solutions to help you move forward.

  • Accessibility snapshot (three days)
    Explore sample areas of your website, prospectus, learning platform, library platform and assistive technology provision. Produce a report on what works, what could improve and suggested priorities
  • Accessibility ‘snapshot lite’ (two days)
    Based on any two of the five areas outlined above with a report on what works, what could improve and suggested priorities. Includes a one hour online follow up online discussion opportunity


Accessibility ‘snapshot selfies’

Five two-hour online training sessions to help you benchmark your digital accessibility, each targeted to a different area of student facing provision. These sessions equip you to conduct your own accessibility snapshot in your institution:

Developing a digitally inclusive organisation

Three online courses exploring:


These can be adapted for bespoke single institution delivery.

  • VLE review
    A strategic review of your VLE, to help you take steps to improve the student experience
  • Infrastructure review
    Ensure your IT systems can support your organisation’s vision

Other resources