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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Downing Street,
Cambridge, CB2 3EB
01223 333 550
01223 333 564

Access Issues

Ms Judith Brown
01223 333 554

Location, Services and Transport

Downing Site. See separate entry for Downing Site.

General Information

Most teaching takes place in the Main Building, with several lectures in other locations on the Downing Site and some teaching in the Sir William Hardy building — see separate entry. If you have any access requirements, please advise well in advance.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aiders in the Department. Large signs with first aid and emergency numbers in every room.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs are fitted in the Main Building.

Physical Access


Several steps, with handrails, to main entrance of the Main Building.  Wheelchair access via new fully automated doors at the back with swipe card. New users please call in advance to enable access.

Number of floors

Five floors in total, including ground floor.

Lifts and stairs

Rather small lift to all floors. Stairs all have continuous handrails.

Lecture theatres

Small lecture theatre, with hard tiered bench seating. Level access to back, with some space for a wheelchair, and steps down to the stage. Some lectures take place in other locations on the site - check in advance if that might be a problem.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Large teaching/exam room on ground floor, smooth, spacious and air conditioned. Seminar room on second floor, accessible by lift and with moveable furniture. Other rooms on ground floors of Craik-Marshall and Sir William Hardy buildings, both accessible for wheelchair users.


Small library on first floor, usually staffed throughout the day but check in advance. Level access from lift  through two sets of double doors. Newly installed lighting and additional lights on some desks.  The shelves are very high so please ask the Librarian for any help needed. Books can be left/collected at reception.

Computer facilities

Computer room with PCs on first floor. Level access from lift, and moveable chairs. Many computers round edge of ground floor teaching room.


No disabled toilets in the Main Building. There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor of the Sir William Hardy building nearby with fully automated doors.

Common rooms

First floor of main building, with level access from lift. Low, moveable chairs with armrests. Small kitchens on second and fourth floors.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users. Please see the Computer Officer for any requirements.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Photocopier available in the computer room outside. Magnification equipment could be acquired if necessary.

Signs and wayfinding

Little directional signage in the building. Please ask the sk receptionist for assistance.


  • Large screens for projection and presentations in lecture theatre.
  • Some Department members are working in the area of visual impairments and colour perception.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently. There is a PA system in the lecture theatre, but it is not regularly used.


  • Most rooms and areas are small, carpeted and softly furnished.
  • The building is generally quiet.

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.

Planned Access Improvements

Future plans for an accessible toilet on the ground floor of the Main Building.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Experimental Psychology. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 19th May 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Experimental Psychology.