Digital accessibility regulations

Published: 9 September 2020

What you need to know

As you may be aware, the Digital Accessibility Regulations 2018 began coming into force on the 23rd September 2019. Overall, the University is in a very good position when it comes to our digital accessibility journey. We don’t need to make everything accessible all at once and but should be looking to improve and perfect accessibility over time as we learn what that means. 

The second phase of the regulations will come into force on 23rd September 2020 and from that date will apply to all digital platforms and content provided online including audio and video at the University - with the exception of mobile apps which must be made accessible by September 2021. Content which is published before 23rd September 2018 and not used as part of a service is exempt. 

Accessible content 

Video and audio 
From 23 September, 2020, audio and video must be published with either a transcript, captions or both unless they are in addition to existing written text and contain no more information than the text. Information Services have automatic transcription available for services they provide  

In Moodle 
The University has purchased Blackboard Ally which is an easy to use accessibility checker tool which also provides alternative formats of content to students and staff.  Blackboard Ally became available in Moodle from Wednesday, 9 September 2020  Find out more about Blackboard Ally 

Guidance and information 

A guidance website is available to help you meet the Digital Accessibility Regulations.  
Digital Accessibility guidance webpages

What you need to do 

The purpose behind these regulations is to ensure an inclusive approach to online content. A great deal of work has been carried out so that our digital platforms and content conform to the regulations. 

It is every content creator’s responsibility to ensure that their digital content is fully accessible.  

Please make yourself aware of your obligations as appropriate (in providing content and/or services) regarding the accessibility legislation. This includes webpages, audio/video, Moodle content and documents made available online. 

SRC video 

The Students’ Representative Council have produced a video on why digital accessibility is important, called  Digital Accessibility at UofG  


Mary McVey and Dave Anderson 

Convenors of University Digital Accessibility Working Groups 


Mary McVey - Senior Lecturer (Life Sciences General Teaching) 

Dave Anderson - Director, BRM & Engagement, Information Services 



First published: 9 September 2020