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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Tennis Court Road,
Cambridge CB2 1QP
01223 333 690
01223 333 346

Access Issues

Mrs Anna Sowa
01223 333 875
01223 761 509

Location, Services and Transport

Downing Site. See separate entry for Downing Site.

General Information


Department is spread over three buildings — main building, Microbiology and Molteno. Some of the department is also based at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Almost all facilities can be found in the main building, to which access is good.


No smoking anywhere in the buildings.

Medical facilities

First aiders and a first aid room in the main building.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs fitted on the first floor in the main building.

Physical Access


Main entrance off Tennis Court Road has three steps to ground floor. Ramped back entrance leading to the lift, installed access control reader which releases the door. Security system in place so arrange in advance if a first time visitor.

Number of floors

Five floors in total, including ground floor.

Lifts and stairs

Lift access to all floors except the third floor. Stairs are marked and have handrails.

Lecture theatres

First floor, with level access from the lift. Wheelchair lift accessible through the front door. Tiered seating, with space for wheelchairs and other chairs at the front of the theatre.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Four height-adjustable laboratory desks available. Level access to laboratories from the lift, but can be quite narrow between benches.


Second floor, with level access from the lift. Spacious, with moveable furniture. Staff will help during office hours. Security system access out of hours.

Computer facilities

Computers available in the library.


Disabled toilets on the ground and fourth floors.

Common rooms

Level access to the canteen from the lift. Spacious inside, with moveable furniture.


  • Microbiology building nearby has only step access, and no lift to upper floors. All facilities in this building are also in the main building.
  • Molteno building nearby has only step access, and no lift to upper floors. All facilities in this building are also in the main building.
  • Addenbrooke's facilities are all fully accessible, and there are many disabled toilets on site.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome in public areas, but discuss in advance if you want to take your dog into a laboratory.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information can be obtained on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Photocopiers available throughout the main building for text enlargement.

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear signs around the department.


  • Generally good lighting.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in the lecture theatre and the seminar room. Portable induction loops available from the reception.


  • Vibrating fire alarms available from the reception.

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.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Pathology. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 7 August 2013. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Pathology.