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The reception desk is on the right hand side as you come through the main doors.  It has a reduced height section, but no hearing support.  There is a sofa on the right hand side of the foyer, but not much space to park a wheelchair.

The Archaeology department has its own reception; please follow the instructions in the ‘Entrances’ section of this guide to get there.  Once you have entered the Archaeology department, the reception will be straight ahead of you.  This has a glass hatch with no reduced section, but it is possible to see through it when you are sitting down.  There are some chairs in a waiting area on the right hand side of the entrance door. 

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The main staircase opposite reception has a partial handrail on the right hand side (ascending), and a continuous handrail on the left, but no contrasting nosings.

The stairs up to the café in Archaeology have a handrail on both sides, and contrasting tactile nosings.

Most of the stairs in the common areas of the building have a continuous handrail on both sides, and contrasting tactile nosings.

The staircase at the far right end of the building is open tread, but has a handrail on both sides.

The stairs leading to the Chemistry teaching labs have a partial handrail on both sides and no nosings.

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There is a wide variety of doors in the building, but the main types are illustrated below. 

Geography – The door leading to the Environmental Change Institute is now powered, so please use the push button on the left hand side to open it.  Please take care when opening the door, as it is up a ramp and quite near to the top of the stairs! Some lab doors, like the one leading to DPhil Research Room 1, have narrow vision panels and coded locks.  They can also be quite heavy.  Visual panels in lab doors are often frosted glass.   The door to the computer room has a half height vision panel in the upper part of the door.

In Archaeology, there is a mixture of lab doors with small and frosted glass vision panels.  Doors in corridors are usually double, with more areas to see through.   One side of the double doors should be a comfortable fit for most wheelchair users.

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Lecture Theatres

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All departments share the Halford Mackinder lecture theatre on the first floor.  This can be accessed using a platform lift.  To get there, take the lift by the secondary lobby.  Go straight on and through one set of double doors.  The platform lift will then take you to the level of the lecture theatre.  This lift is key-operated, so if you think you may need to use it, please contact the department in advance using the contact details on the left hand side of this page.  

The doors to the lecture theatre are double doors with narrow vision panels.  Once inside, there are rows of fixed seating, and a wheelchair space at the front of the room.  The steps to the back of the lecture theatre have contrasting nosings and a railing on the side nearest to the wall. 

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Seminar Rooms

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On the ground floor, there is a Geography meeting room by the original stairwell.  This has a central table with moveable chairs, but the AV equipment might be difficult to reach for a person in a wheelchair.

The ECI and Geography share three seminar rooms on the first floor; the Beckit teaching room, Gottman A, and Gottman B.  These are all situated off the main corridor near to the central stairwell.   The Beckit room is a large room with moveable chairs, which have attached flip-down desks.  The AV is reachable and the room has standard whiteboards and a projector.  There is hearing support available in the Beckit room.  The Gottman rooms are smaller with large central tables and moveable chairs.  There should still be enough space for someone using a manual wheelchair user to move around the edge of the room, particularly in Gottman A.   Geography also has Seminar Rooms A, B, and the Gilbert Teaching Room on the first floor. Seminar Room A has a large central table and heavy moveable chairs, some of which have arms.  There is a whiteboard and AV, and it’s also possible to dim the lights.  Seminar Room B has the same set-up.  

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Accessible Computers

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There is a graduate computer suite on the first floor which is used by the Geography department.  This has rows of computers and moveable chairs where space is quite narrow, but there is a little more at the back of the room. 

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Common Rooms

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Geography - The Senior Common Room is on the ground floor.  This has a variety of armchairs and coffee tables, most of which are a good height for people using wheelchairs.

Archaeology – The Archaeology coffee and common room area is up a flight of stairs to a mezzanine level from the second floor.  Unfortunately, there is no level access, but a route with fewer steps is possible if you exit the lift on the second floor and turn left.  Go down the ramp to the right, and through the door in front of you.  Then turn left down four steps with no handrail to reach the coffee area.  

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ArchaeologyThe archaeology labs are on the ground floor, so you will have to leave the department and enter again to get there.  On the ground floor, the door to the department is near the out of hours door and the Link staircase.  There are a number of small labs and equipment rooms in this corner of the building, and nearly all of the benches are too high for wheelchair users.  There are moveable office chairs, but no height adjustable benches or fume cupboards.  Some of the labs, particularly the Chromatography and Balance ones, are very narrow.   This means that it can be tricky to navigate them in a wheelchair.  The large Paleodiet lab and commercial lab space has more room to move around, but there are no height adjustable desks or fume cupboards available.

Chemistry – There are two Chemistry labs on the first floor, linked by an equipment room.   To get there, you can use the side entrance to the building, and then go up the stone stairs in front of you to get to the labs.  These stairs have a partial handrail on both sides and no nosings.   Once you reach the landing area, there is level access to Teaching Lab 2, and a set of steps with handrails on both sides will provide access to Teaching Lab 1.  Both of main entrances to these labs are through heavy double doors with large vision panels.

For those requiring level access, Teaching Lab 1 is accessible through the Archaeology department, and Teaching Lab 2 is inaccessible due to stairs.  Level access to Teaching Lab 1 will need to be booked in advance, so please contact jonathan.hawkins@chem.ox.ac.uk.   The level access door will need both sides opening in order to allow wheelchairs through.

 Once you are in Teaching Lab 1, there is plenty of space to move around.  The benches are just under a metre high, with moveable stools.   Fume cupboards are slightly higher, and neither will be reachable for wheelchair users.  Please be aware that the first aid kit and eyewash station are also inaccessible.

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