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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Philippa Fawcett Drive
+44 (0)1223 748999
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Access Issues

Disability Liaison Officer: Dr Tom Matthams
01223 330 140

Location, Services and Transport

Location: West Cambridge Site

General Information


Medium-sized Department, mostly in one building, with a satellite centre, the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre, situated nearby.  The Department’s main building is a modern purpose-built building and is fully accessible.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

Ten First Aiders in Department, and more on site. First Aid room in building.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs available and passenger lifts can be used by prior arrangement

Physical Access


The main entrance is on Level 2 and has a ramp leading up to it from the street.

Number of floors

                The main Department is on six different levels altogether, all of which are accessible by lift.  The small satellite centre (MRRC) has an upper level which is not accessible by lift.

Lifts and stairs

The building has 3 lifts, 2 double ended lifts which are located between the office and lab block and 1 single ended goods lift.

Lecture theatres

Three Lecture theatres, all with wheelchair spaces.

Seminar/teaching rooms

All Seminar and Teaching rooms, and laboratories, are accessible via lift.

Library/ resource area

On the same level as the main entrance. Fixed workspaces with moveable chairs.

Computer facilities

On the same level as the main entrance. Fixed workspaces with moveable chairs.


Disabled toilets on all levels of the main building.

Common rooms

Tea room on bottom floor, with level access from lift.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Arrangements will be made according to demand.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on request.

Library and magnification equipment

Large windows and lighting in Library. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Some signposting around Department.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in all Lecture theatres.


Visual alarms in Lecture theatres.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for students with Specific Learning Difficulties can be made upon request. Discuss your needs with the Disability Liaison Officer.

Other Useful Information

The Department has a Policy on Disability Discrimination which has been ratified by the Chemical Engineering Syndicate. This is available on the web at

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the college. It was last updated on 6 June 2017.