Queen Elizabeth House

Department of International Development

Queen Elizabeth House is fully accessible, but some corridors may be a little narrow for wheelchair users.



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 There are two university-owned Blue Badge spaces at the side of the building on Jowett Walk, next to the accessible entrance.  There is one public disabled space a little further down Jowett Walk.

To book a car park space from the department, please contact the caretaker in advance using caretaker@qeh.ox.ac.uk or 01865 281818.

Oxford city centre blue badge parking map (725kb)



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The main entrance on Mansfield Road is not level access to due a small set of steps, followed by ramped access.  The steps are stone, with a metal hand rail on both sides, and no nosing.  When requested, reception can place a ramp over the steps, but wheelchair users should be aware that this is pretty steep, and it’s probably easier to use than the accessible side entrance.   The main entrance doors to the building are double doors, with frosted visual panels.  Go through these, and then pass through another pair of double doors with visual panels to reach the main hall.

The side entrance to the building is on Jowett Walk next to the disabled parking spaces.  This door is opened with a swipe card, and is manually operated.  There is direct contact with reception from either entrance through an intercom on the riught hand side.

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There is a lift at either end of the building.  The first is to the left of the accessible entrance, and the other (which includes access to the DPhil mezzanine floor) is on the right hand side as you leave the ground floor computer cluster.  Only one lift has a mirrored panel.  

Please note that both of these lifts are switched off after 17.15

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Accessible toilets

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There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor, and one on the first floor.  To reach the first accessible toilet on the ground floor from the main door, go into the hall and through the door on the right. The toilet will then be on your left.  The second ground floor toilet is next to reception, and is accessed through two separate doors, the first of which is quite heavy.  To reach the accessible toilet on the first floor, exit the lift closest to the accessible entrance, go through the door on your left (opposite Refugee Studies), and then down the corridor on the right.  The toilet is on the right hand side.   

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Standard Toilets

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Standard toilets are located next to the accessible toilet on both the ground and first floors.  The ones on the first floor are for all genders. On the ground floor, there are two Men's toilets and one suitable for all genders. 

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is a portable hearing loop available for the first floor seminar room (Seminar Room 2), which can be collected from reception.  If possible, please let the department know in advance if it will be needed. 

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday-Friday 8.45-17.15
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Vacation time

Monday-Friday 8.45-17.15
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


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


Inaccessible areas

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Good news - there aren't any!

However, please be aware that the lifts will not function outside standard opening hours (only staff and DPhil students are allowed in outside the opening times above).  Fire doors in corridors will be shut at 16.30 and locked from 20.00

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 2
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 3
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes