How do I make my thesis accessible?

Digital accessibility is a useful skill for the workplace, and it is important to maximise your audience by making your document easy to navigate and understand by a wide range of users, including those with visual, auditory, motor or cognitive impairments.

There are steps you can take to improve the accessibility of your work which will be good practice for future employment.


Your thesis for deposit should be a Word document, and there are many built-in features in Word that help people with different abilities to read and author documents. Word has an Accessibility Checker that locates elements that might cause problems.

More details can be found in the FAQ How do I create accessible Word documents?


Theses awarded prior to August 2021 may only be available as PDF, in which case it would be helpful to add any navigation or accessibility features if you have access to the required editing software, Adobe Pro DC.

You may find this article useful: The ASPIRE Guide to Accessible PDFs


Audio visual content requires a transcript or captions/subtitles.


You can use Sensus Access to convert your documents into accessible formats.


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