Digital accessibility

Utrecht University wants everyone to be able to use all the information on our website successfully. That is why we are paying attention to user-friendliness, accessibility and searchability.

The Temporary Decree on Digital Accessibility (in Dutch only) by the Government stipulates that government websites must meet accessibility requirements as laid down in EN 301 549/WCAG 2.1 and must be responsible for this in a published accessibility statement.

Accessibility statement

The UU site partially meets the accessibility requirements. We are initially working on improvements through editorial training of our editors and enhancing the content throughout the site. In addition, some technical improvements have been made. Improvements are still in the planning phase for information about studentsbachelor and master prospective students and the intranet. In our Accessibility Statements (in Dutch only) we explain which parts on our site are not yet fully compliant and within what period we expect to resolve the issues. Utrecht University has about 500 different websites and pages that are managed completely autonomously by various faculties and employees under the responsibility of Utrecht University. These do not or hardly meet the accessibility requirements, read why.

The foundation of this accessibility declaration

In December 2020, an audit was carried out by an independent research agency for the website. The findings are published this research report (in Dutch only). In the coming months we will start with improving the issues found, both on a technical and editorial level. A re-audit is planned. The audit for information about students, bachelor and master prospective students will follow in the next two years after the first technical improvements.

Other accessibility declarations UU

How are we working on accessibility?

Utrecht University wants everyone to be able to use all the information on the website. That is why we are focusing on user-friendliness, accessibility and searchability. In addition, we are continuously improving accessibility through various measures within our (daily) processes:

  • Testing before publication: our editorial staff checks all texts and other components for accessibility.
  • Technology: our IT department checks for digital accessibility. We then tackle the problems found.
  • Employee training: some of the editors have followed training courses on accessibility. In addition, manuals are available on the accessibility of PDF files, text alternatives and audio subtitling.
  • Research: outside experts check our website. We then tackle the problems found.

Reporting accessibility problems

Are you encountering an accessibility problem? Or do you have a question or remark about accessibility? Then please contact us via