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Website accessibility

This website is run by the Scottish Funding Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use it and aim to comply with 'AA' level of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.

For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software.
  • Listen to most of the website content using a screen reader.
  • Zoom in and out to re-size text to suit your needs.

We also use Plain English to make the content easy to understand.


We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact:

If you need information on this website in a different format, such as large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, contact us at We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days.

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 are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Compliance status

The Scottish Funding Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This accessibility statement applies to

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

While most of this website complies with 'AA' level of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, we know some parts are not fully accessible, mainly where we use third party tools, including:

  • Social media share buttons.
  • Disqus blog comments.
  • Home page image carousel.

Accessibility testing of this website

We ran a series of internal accessibility tests using the axe accessibility checker for Chrome. We used the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 Checklist of 50 success criteria to test a sample of site pages which represent the range of site features.

We used the axe tool to align with the Government Digital Service (GDS), which uses it to monitor public sector bodies' compliance with regulations. The axe tools report on compliance with WAI Guidelines, with issues reported under these categories:

  • Violations.
  • Needs review.
  • Rejected.
  • Best practices.

The scope of our testing was restricted to issues marked as Violations, i.e. those that must be resolved. We are now working to resolve these issues before testing the other categories.

We also do ongoing internal reviews on content published on this website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in December 2021.

Additional support using this website

Using this site with your keyboard

Use the TAB key to move around the navigation menus. Use the down arrow key to open up a menu and then use the arrow keys to move around the menu's links. Open a link with the Return key.

PDF documents

This site contains a large number of downloadable PDF files which may present issues to users of earlier versions of JAWS screen reader with Adobe Reader. You should, if possible, use the latest versions of both applications.

Find out more about using the Read Out Loud feature with PDF files. This feature may only be available in Adobe PDF Reader so you should check for a similar tool if you use other PDF reading software.

Browser accessibility support

The Web Accessibility Initiatve (WAI) provides guidance on how to customise your particular browser and computer for better web browsing.