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Readable Documents

If you create documents for the web or Blackboard, it makes sense for them to be readable! You may be familiar with ideas for using language that is accessible, but you might be less familiar with making documents accessible for people who need to use screen reading software (visually impaired, dyslexia etc).

Changing the way you create documents may sound like a daunting task, but using the Microsoft Word features designed for structuring and formatting will help save you time and effort, and will also help you to make your documents more accessible to ensure that you are complying with equality legislation and best practice.

IT Services has created a number of templates and guides to help you.

Microsoft Word Templates (for Staff use)

Staff can also attend the Make Your Documents Accessible course.

Please remember, we have a moral and legal obligation to create documents which are as accessible as possible. This is a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010 and it is a disciplinary offence under the University's Code of Practice: Web Based Materials not to do so. See

If you need any help please attend an IT support drop-in sessions.