Mahara accessibility statement

Using this website 

The Mahara website is run by the University of Glasgow using the 3rd party Mahara platform.     

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to: 

  • Use the keyboard-accessible controls and elements 
  • People who use only the keyboard can access the dropdown menus in the main navigation. 
  • Mahara have also worked on the keyboard accessibility of the controls for creating pages. 
  • Descriptive alt text for images: Mahara have provided alt text for images such as those used in pages for viewing content. This is very important to blind users in understanding the overall content of the pages. 
  • Properly labeled graphical links and controls 
  • Graphical links such as the one for editing the user's profile picture now have alt text. This lets screen reader users know the purpose of the graphical links. 
  • Buttons and checkboxes are now labeled. This is especially helpful in complex forms. 
  • Use of focus management: In certain pages, focus is moved to the next logical section after the user has activated a specific button or link. This enables users of assistive technology to quickly determine their location in the page and their next step. 
  • Text descriptions for screen reader users: The tabs such as the ones in the Profile page now have a textual indicator informing screen reader users about the currently selected tab. 


The above accessibility features can be found in both pages for creating and editing content and pages for viewing content. 

How accessible this website is 

Mahara has a good level of accessibility when it comes to viewing and creating content and the sevice provider is continuing to test/improve the administration pages in order to make them more accessible.  

Most of the administration pages include the accessibility improvements mentioned above. However, since administration is the most complex part of Mahara, there are still some pages that may have issues.  

Mahara are continuing to work on accessibility and aim to address these issues in future versions.  If you experience any accessibility problems, please report these using the guidance provided in the section ‘Reporting accessibility problems with this website’ below. 

The University of Glasgow will continue to monitor and engage with Mahara where/when required ensure this resource meets the compliance to WCAG current regulations. 

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website 

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 within 10 days

Reporting accessibility problems with this website 

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.  If you find any problems or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact: 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 days. 

Enforcement procedure 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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 

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

  •  “This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.” 

Issues with technology 

Mahara have advised they have tested the software against all three WCAG 2.1 levels.   

How we tested this website 

Mahara has advised they have tested the software against all three WCAG 2.1 levels.  However, it is recognised that there are some features / functionality which require further work, in particular around the more complex administration pages. The University will continue to work closely with Mahara to help improve accessibility for this service.

  • Pages for viewing web content. 
  • Pages for creating and editing content 
  • Administration pages (Refer to note in ‘Using this we 

Only testing of built-in pages and the basic structure of portfolio pages is tested.   It remains the responsibility of users or the service to ensure the content they upload (i.e. the user-generated content) is accessible. 

The University of Glasgow will continue to work closely with Mahara when/where required to ensure the service meets current accessibility regulations noted above. 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility 

We are continually working to improve accessibility and will be liaising with Mahara to ensure future versions are fully compliant with the Digital Accessibility Regulations 2018 



 This statement was prepared on 20th September 2019. It was last updated on 20th September 2019.