Understanding the regulations
On 23 September 2018, new accessibility regulations came into force for public sector websites and mobile applications in the UK.
The government is monitoring affected websites and apps to check they follow the rules and aren’t breaking legal requirements.
These regulations require public sector websites and mobile applications to achieve specific accessibility standards. This applies to all publicly-funded higher and further education institutions, including Jisc and its members.
How we can help
Be part of the digital accessibility community
Share experiences with other members and work together to crowdsource resources on our Microsoft Teams site. Apply to join our accessibility community.
You can also connect with accessibility experts in universities and colleges across the UK by signing up to the digital accessibility mailing list on JiscMail, or apply to host a local meetup in your area.
Improve your accessibility skills and understanding
Our free lunchtime accessibility clinics give you the opportunity to ask questions about digital inclusion, provide feedback on areas that are problematic, and share your accessibility journey with others.
Sessions run every month from 12:30 to 13:30 on the first Wednesday the month in the academic calendar.
Advice and useful resources to help you, whatever stage you are at on your accessibility journey.
Putting into practice the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018 for colleges and universities.
Guidance on how to ensure your audio and video recordings meet Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations and tips from across the sector.
Contact our experts
Kellie is a subject specialist in accessibility and assistive technology and can offer expert advice in this area.
John can give expert advice on the legal aspects around the accessibility regulations.
Laura can advise on implementing accessibility within your organisation, assistive technology and inclusive learning.
Drew McConnell, University of Glasgow
“We did our best to talk about a change in attitude towards accessibility, rather than about technical compliance.”
- Jisc accessibility statement - including how we're tackling non-accessible content
- Government guidance on meeting accessibility standards and understanding WCAG 2.1
- Read our blog on creating a third party accessibility statement database
- The Further and Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group's digital accessibility toolkit
- All Party Parliamentary Group report on accessible VLEs