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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Sidgwick Avenue,
Cambridge, CB3 9DA
01223 335 151
01223 335 409

Access Issues

Nigel Thompson
01223 335 193

Location, Services and Transport

Sidgwick Site, near Sidgwick Avenue. See separate entry for Sidgwick Site.

General Information

A small, friendly faculty with around thirty teaching staff. Access to the Faculty is generally good.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aider on site.

Emergency procedures

Please report to enquiries desk if you will need assistance to evacuate. Four evacuation chairs on first floor.

Physical Access


Three entrances, all with level access. Rather heavy doors. Reasonably low counter at enquiries desk.

Number of floors

Three floors in total, including ground floor.

Lifts and stairs

Large lift to all floors, located at entrance 3. All staircases have continuous handrails.

Lecture theatres

All lecture theatres accessible. One is tiered, with fold-down seats and tables, but room for a wheelchair at the back. Others are spacious, with level seating and moveable furniture.

Seminar/teaching rooms

All teaching rooms are either at ground level or have level access from lift. Generally spacious, with moveable seats and tables. Some awkward seats with fixed arm-rest style tables, but other furniture could be provided if necessary.


Ground floor, with level access through two sets of double doors. Fixed tables and moveable chairs. Plenty of space, except between the large volumes shelves at the back. Staffed when open, and staff will help as necessary.

Computer facilities

Ground floor, in room off Library. Fairly spacious, with moveable chairs. Can get busy, but staff can arrange for you to use the four catalogue computers in the main library for internet access.


Disabled toilets in main foyer and near entrance 3.

Common rooms

Undergraduate common room on first floor. Level access, plenty of space, and various types of furniture. Graduate common room on ground floor near entrance 1 is accessible.


See separate entry for the Museum of Classical Archaeology. First floor. Level access from lift through side door. Arrange in advance or through enquiries desk for door to be opened. Level, smooth and spacious inside.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Currently no special software available. Lighting in computer room is great, with large windows.

Large print, Braille and audio

Ask individual lecturers in advance for large print copies of handouts. Other large print information on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Lighting in library is good during the day, due to large windows either side. Main lighting in evening activated by motion sensors. Individual lamps on each desk are rather dim. Ask staff for portable lamps. Library has magnifying glasses and photocopiers for text enlargement. The paleography section has an ancient adjustable magnifying device — ask library staff.

Signs and wayfinding

Main signs are large and visible, and temporary notices of lectures and events are also clearly displayed. Door numbers large and clear.


  • Lighting around the building and in all lecture theatres and seminar rooms is generally very good.
  • Stairs all have continuous handrails.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Portable induction loops are available to borrow. Arrange in advance with the Disability Liaison Officer.


  • Acoustics are generally good, as the building is mostly carpeted and quiet. Lecture theatres and teaching rooms are reasonably small and amplification is not normally needed.

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

Some seating in lecture theatres may be replaced in the medium term.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Faculty of Classics. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Faculty. This page was last updated on 5 February 2013. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Faculty of Classics.