Sherrington Building

Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, and Physiology Library

the exterior of the Sherrington Building

The building is partially accessible.  Some steps and narrow areas may mean that wheelchair users and those requiring level access might have to take a longer route.



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 There is one blue badge parking space available outside the Sherrington building and four available at Le Gros Clark.   Please book spaces in advance by contacting department reception at or calling 01865 272500, as you will need a permit to park.  Public parking around the Science Area is limited, please check the map below;

City Centre Parking Map (725kb)

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The main entrance is accessed via steps or a ramp off Sherrington Road.  The steps have a handrail on the far right hand side.  The ramp has no handrail, and there is a drop to ground level on the right hand side, so please be careful.   Access to the building is via swipe card for department members.  There is a doorbell on the left hand side which can contact reception if you need assistance.  You will need to pass through two sets of doors to reach the foyer, but the first set is usually held open.  

There is a secondary entrance at the far right hand side of the building.  This is a manual door which is opened via swipe card for department members.  The door is heavy and the swipe mechanism is quite high up, so this entrance may be tricky to use for some.  If you are not a member of the department you will need to use the front entrance.

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 Go through reception to the left, and turn left to reach the main passenger lift.  There is also a goods lift if you go right out of reception and turn right.  The Burton Sanderson Cardiac Centre has a lift of its own which can be used to access that end of the top floor (a complicated step arrangement means that there is no level access to the end sections of the top floor using the main lift).

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Accessible toilets

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 There is an accessible toilet on each of the ground and second floors.

On the ground floor, walk through reception and turn right.  The disabled toilet area is through the final door on your left, before you reach the end of the corridor.  On the second floor, the accessible toilet is in the Cardiac Science Centre.  Exit their lift and turn left then right, and the toilet will be straight ahead of you.

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Standard toilets

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 Ground floor - The Men’s toilets are behind the lift, and the Women’s toilets next to the lecture theatre. 

First floor -The Women’s toilets are next to the passenger lift and the are next to the goods lift near the café.  There are gender neural toilets at the opposite end of the building from the Cardiac Science Centre (opposite the Head of Department office).

Second floor- the Women’s toilets are behind the main passenger lift, and the Men’s toilets next to the Cardiac Science Centre.

Third floor - There are gender neutral toilets at the far end of the Cardiac Science centre (opposite the cardiac seminar room), and just as you enter the centre, by the stairs.

There are also gender neutral toilets on floors 2-4, just before the entrance to the OCGF building. 

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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The lecture room on the first floor has a portable hearing loop which can be collected from reception, and the second floor lecture theatre has an infra-red system.  There is also a hearing loop fitted on the main reception desk.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday-Friday- 8.00-16.00
Saturday- Closed
Sunday- Closed

Vacation time

Same as Term Time


Christmas break.
Good Friday to Easter Monday.
August Bank Holiday long weekend.


Inaccessible areas

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The arrangement of the third floor with steps at either end means that those who require level access to the far end of the Cardiac Science centre will need to take the lift at that end of the building to get there.

There is an outside walkway in the middle section of the third floor.  Please take care as this can become slippery in wet weather.  The door to access this outside area is a manual wooden fire door with a large vision panel.  Sections of the third floor corridor which lead to the outer area (i.e. the corridors connecting the main area of the building with the Cardiac Science centre and east end of the building) may be too narrow for larger wheelchairs, and there are some steep ramps. 

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 1
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception No
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 2
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes