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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Downing Place,
Cambridge CB2 3EN
01223 333 399
01223 333 392

Access Issues

Nadine Keating
01223 339 099
01223 333 392

Location, Services and Transport

Downing Site. See separate entry for Downing Site.


Small amount of car parking available, with permits allocated in October each year. Disabled members could obtain a permit.

General Information

The Department of Geography is located in two buildings: the main building and the Sir William Hardy Building that is shared with the Department of Experimental Psychology and Estate Management.

The main building is an old office edifice whose structure makes it very difficult to make all its areas accessible to wheelchair users. The Sir William Hardy Building, of more recent construction, has all its areas easily accessible.


Both the main building and the Sir William Hardy Building are no smoking areas.

Medical facilities

Three first aiders in the main building and one in the Sir William Hardy Building.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs on the first floor of the Sir William Hardy Building.

Physical Access


Main building: ramp to side entrance where the wheelchair platform lift is located.

Sir William Hardy Building: level access to the ground floor of the building. Double-door entrance. Push-button exits on all floors.

Number of floors

Main building: five floors in main building including the basement.

Sir William Hardy Building: three floors.

Lifts and stairs

Main building: wheelchair platform lift to allow access to the two lecture theatres (one on the ground floor and one on the basement floor), the seminar room, the Physical Geography laboratories and the disabled toilet. All other areas are accessible by the stairs.

Sir William Hardy Building: wheelchair platform lift to all floors except for the attic.

Lecture theatres (teaching rooms) and seminar room

Main building: the two lecture theatres and the seminar room can be accessed by using the wheelchair platform lift. There is a wheelchair ramp to the large lecture theatre.

Sir William Hardy Building: the teaching rooms (on the first floor and second floor) can be accessed by using the wheelchair platform lift.

Supervision rooms

Main building: supervision rooms are accessed by the stairs.


Main building: the library is on the first floor and can only be accessed by the stairs. There is plenty of workspace. The counter and shelves are high.

Sir William Hardy Building: the Gender Studies library and the HPSS library on the first floor can be accessed by using the wheelchair platform lift. The map library is on the ground floor.

Computer facilities

Main building: the computer laboratory is on the top floor, accessed only by the stairs.


Main building: disabled toilet on the basement floor, accessible by wheelchair platform lift.

Sir William Hardy Building: disabled toilet on the ground floor.

Common rooms

Main building: the common room (for postgraduates and staff) is on the second floor. There are low tables and chairs without armrests.

Sir William Hardy Building: the common room (for the HPSS staff and students) is on the ground floor.


  • Field trips often undertaken in hired coaches with driver. Risk assessments are completed for each trip.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users in the Department. Some can be acquired if necessary.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print material can be available on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Main building: rather dim lighting in the library and no extra lights on desks. Signs and markings are small and hard to read. Photocopier available for text enlargement.

Signs and wayfinding

Main building and Sir William Hardy Building: department maps are located at each of the two entrances. Sufficient signage around the Department.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Main building and Sir William Hardy Building: no induction loops in lecture theatres. No PA system. However several deaf and hearing impaired students have successfully completed their studies in the department.


  • Several Deaf and hearing impaired students have studied at the Department.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for members with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with the Disability Liaison Officer (Carolyn Bartley

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Geography. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 9th April 2015. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Geography.