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The reception area is on the left of the main entrance.  To reach reception from the accessible entrance; turn left and enter the cafe area, then go through the door in the far right hand corner into the main hall.  Pass through the main hall, through the double doors at the far end, and reception will be on your right.  The reception desk  has a reduced height section. 

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 There are a wide variety of staircases in the building.  The main stairs leading from the hall have high contrast nosing, and a continuous wooden bannister on the right hand side as you ascend.  

There is also a staircase which accesses all floors, including the basement.  This has a continuous handrail on the left hand side (ascending), a handrail on the right hand side (only on ascending portions), and high contrast and tactile nosing.

All other public staircases in the building also have both contrasting and tactile nosing, and many of them have a wooden handrail on one or both sides.  Please see photographs for examples.  

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 There is a wide variety of doors in the department!  The doors leading to the newer part of the building (housing a computer cluster and the DPhil loft area), are heavy wooden double doors with a hexagonal visual panel at eye height. 

One particularly narrow door on the second floor (leading to a few staff offices) may present a problem for some wheelchair users.  However, alternative access to these rooms is available by going back to the start of the corridor, and going down the corridor on the right.  Users would then need to pass through some office space on the left hand side, and turn left to reach the rooms blocked by the door.  Please see floor plans for route.

Many of the internal doors in the building, (apart from some staff offices and Seminar Room 2), have visual panels.  Some double doors may be narrow with only one leaf open.

It is important to note that while the fire doors in the corridors of the building will be held open during the day, they will be closed at 16.30 and locked at 20.00. 

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Seminar Rooms

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Seminar Room 1 is the only seminar room on the ground floor, but all other floors are accessible by lift.  This contains a large table, whiteboard, and single seats with lap tables.  Although the space may be a little tight to navigate for some wheelchair users, all furniture is movable.

Seminar Room 2 is on the first floor, and is the only seminar room with a hearing loop.  This is a large room with whiteboards and single seats with lap tables set up up in lecture theatre style.  Again, all furniture is moveable.

Seminar Room 3 in the basement has moveable furniture, including a whiteboard.  The seating is single seats with lap tables.

There is one meeting room in the basement, and one on the first floor.  These have large tables and moveable chairs. 

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Accessible Computers

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There are two accessible computer clusters in the building, one each on the basement and ground floors.  To access the basement cluster, exit the lift and turn right.  On the ground floor, exit the lift and turn left.  Moveable office chairs are provided, and there is plenty of space for wheelchair users to access the computers. 

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Common Rooms

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The main common area is the seating in the main hall.  There are sofas, chairs, and coffee tables, and although the furniture is heavy, it can be moved.   Pass through the café area to reach the main hall from the accessible entrance.  There is a DPhil breakout area outside Room B on the first floor, although users are encouraged to keep noise to a minimum.

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There is a self-service café area in the middle of the ground floor (from the accessible entrance, turn left, and the door is ahead of you past the lift).  This has moveable tables and chairs, and the counter is at waist height.  The staff are happy to help.  It can get very crowded at peak times!

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Specialist equipment

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There is no specialist equipment available. 

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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