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Reception

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Enter through the main door and the reception desk is on your right hand side.  It does not have a reduced height section, but the staff are very friendly!  The waiting area has some chairs, a sofa and a low coffee table.  There is plenty of space for wheelchair users to park in between furniture.  There is direct access to the lower garden terrace from the reception area, and please ask the staff if you have trouble reaching any of the leaflets available. 

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Stairs

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 There are many separate staircases in the building, but we have aimed to provide an overview of the main ones:

  • The stairs leading down from reception provide the most straightforward access to the basement level.  These have continuous handrails on both sides and contrasting nosings. 
  • The stairs which begin by the dining room pass near to room 150, the computer teaching room, room 351, and the finance office.  These have a handrail on the left hand side as you ascend, and contrasting nosings.
  • The steps which allow access to teaching room 012 have a rail both sides and contrasting nosings.  
  • The concrete steps up to the terrace from the basement level also have a railing both sides, but no nosings, and a slight lip.  Please be careful, as they may become slippery in wet weather.

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Doors

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Door breaking up corridors all have full-length vision panels, although vision panels on teaching room doors are often only half height.  Doors to teaching rooms will generally be held open at the beginning and end of a class.  The same is true of the main lecture theatre doors, which are double manual doors with half height vision panels.  Visitors with larger wheelchairs might need the second side of the door opened.  The door to the student computer room on the ground floor is manually operated with a coded lock.  Please ask the staff if you have difficulty opening it. 
The door to the garden from reception is a glass double door, and the library doors also have large glass panels.  Visitors to the library who use large wheelchairs might need both sides of the door opening, and staff are happy to help. 
Both the Mawby Pavilion and the Common Room are accessed through large French doors with a slight step.

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Reading Rooms

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 To reach the main library desk and reading room, exit the lift on the ground floor and follow the corridor ‘round to your right.  Both the upper library enquiry desk and the upper reading room will be on the right hand side.  Entrance to the library is via a large pair of double doors.  The library desk is high, and has a fixed hearing loop.  You can get to the reading room from the door on the left hand side of the enquiry desk, but this can be quite tight.  Wheelchair users might prefer to enter the reading room from the door which leads onto the main corridor.

Users who require level access to the lower library will have to take the lift to the lower ground floor.  The staff will then open the secondary access door to the lower library, which is ‘round the corner on your right as you exit the lift.  Those who don’t require level access can simply take the stairs from the upper library…  These stairs have a handrail on the right hand side (descending), and contrasting nosings. 

Reading room furniture itself is moveable, and although the library does not have any height adjustable desks, the tables provided should be a comfortable height for most wheelchair users.  Please ask the library staff if you have trouble reaching any of the shelves.  

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Lecture Theatres

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The lecture theatre is on the basement level.   Exit the lift and turn right, and then turn left through a set of double doors to reach the doors which bring you out at the back of the theatre (these are also double doors, but are often held open at the start and end of lectures). Slopes down the side of the lecture theatre will then allow users needing level access to reach the front, where anything from one chair up to the whole front row of seating is removable if required!  If you would like chairs removed, it would be helpful if you could contact the facilities manager in advance on (01865)280368 or mark.bedford@conted.ox.ac.uk.  There are two steps up to the stage which have contrasting nosings but no handrail. 

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Seminar Rooms

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Teaching rooms in the building all follow the same pattern, with fixed-height desks and moveable furniture.  The rooms are usually arranged in a seminar style, but seating can also be set out in rows if required.  Space around the edge of the room is generally good, and staff are used to supplying alternative chairs for users with back or neck conditions.  Users should note that access to the Pickstock Room is via. two ramps (one up and one down), and that there is a ramp down to the Stopforth Matcalfe room from the courtyard.  If you know that you will require level access to a teaching room, please check in advance, as some are inaccessible.  Contact the reception on (01865)270360 or enquiries@conted.ox.ac.uk

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Accessible Computers

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 There are two computer spaces at Rewley House; the Computer Teaching Room (CTR) and the student computer facility.  The student computer facility is on the ground floor, ‘round the corner from the Tawney Room and adjacent to the library office.  The door has a coded lock, which some building users might find difficult to operate.  Once inside, there is adequate space between the computers, and the chairs are moveable.

The Computer Teaching Room is first floor, and level access is only available by going up a ramp and through the Pickstock Room next door.  As the door to the Pickstock Room has a frosted visual panel, it can be difficult to see when the room is in use, and there is a total of four doors on route from the Pickstock room to the computers.  If staff are aware of your access requirements, they will make every effort to schedule room use accordingly.  Please contact reception on (01865)270360 or enquiries@conted.ox.ac.uk.   The CTR also has a coded lock, and back-to-back rows of computers with moveable office chairs.

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Common Room

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The common room is accessed from the garden at lower ground level.  This entrance has a pair of double French doors, and a small step which makes it tricky for those who need level access.  To get to the common room using a level route from the courtyard, go past the main sliding doors to the common room (on your left) and turn left up the slope marked 'Night Exit'.  The entrance is a single door on your left.  Coming from the dining room, come up the slope and turn right and ramp is on the left.

Once inside, there is plenty of space to move around the various chairs and sofas.  There is self-service tea and coffee, and a staffed bar at certain times.  The bar obviously doesn’t have a reduced height section, but the staff are happy to help!

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Accommodation

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The accessible accommodation room is the Ruth Windsor suite.  This is a suite of two bedrooms designed for a disabled user and their partner/carer/companion/friend etc. along with a fully accessible wetroom, complete with accessible shower and height adjustable sink! 

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Refreshments and Dining

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Entrance to the dining room is from the lower ground floor.  Those needing level access should exit the lift and go through the powered door into the garden (at the end of the corridor on your right).  Go around the outside of the garden and to the top left hand corner (via a ramp downwards).  Turn right, and go down another ramp, then pass through two sets of double doors to reach the dining room.  The second ramp is quite steep, but has a handrail on both sides.  Those who don’t require level access should take the stairs down from reception.  They can then either go through the garden or take the internal route.  Furniture in the dining room is moveable, and the staff are very helpful.  Breakfast is self-service from a long buffet table, but dinner is usually served at tables.  The staff are happy to serve individual tables as necessary.

Coffee/tea during teaching courses will either be placed in the Common Room or the Acland Room (adjacent to the dining room).  This is self-service, but cups and saucers etc. will already be out.  Please ask for help if you need it!

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Garden

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The terrace area of the garden is directly accessible from the reception area, and the main courtyard is accessible from the lower ground level through a powered glass door. Exit the lift and go round to your right to get outside. This area is paved, with a range of benches and tables.  If you do not need level access, you can reach the main courtyard area through a door at the back of the lecture theatre.  A flight of steps will then take you to the courtyard.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to reception No
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 2
Hearing support system Yes