Edinburgh GEL


The Edinburgh Global Experience Language (EdGEL) is the University's responsive design language and front-end development framework for websites and applications.

EdGEL is a combination of techniques, technologies, frameworks and design elements that work together to provide the foundations of the University's digital language.

By adopting the standards and approaches described here we aim to bring a consistent and considered approach to user experience and digital design.

Bootstrap framework

EdWeb is built on Bootstrap - the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first websites.

Mobile ready and responsive

EdWeb is built in a responsive, mobile-first way. Read on to find out why.


Information and advice on the typography used on EdWeb and EdGEL.


EdWeb and EdGEL have access to 200 icons from the Glyphicon Halflings collection.

Navigation and IA

The Information Architecture (IA) and navigation of University websites using EdGEL has been informed by consultation and research, and are specified with the aim of achieving consistency of user experience across the web presence.


The University places a high priority on developing and maintaining a consistent corporate image to reinforce its status and position both in the local and wider communities.

Colour theming

EdWeb and EdGEL support a choice of colour themes that can be applied across subsites.