Disability Resource Centre (DRC)

Robinson College

Contact Details

Address
Grange Road,
Cambridge CB3 9AN
Tel.
01223 339 100
Fax
01223 351 794
Email
porters@robinson.cam.ac.uk
Web
www.robinson.cam.ac.uk

Access Issues

Contact
Admissions Tutor
Tel.
01223 339 143
Fax
01223 339 743
Email
apply@robinson.cam.ac.uk

Location, Services and Transport

Grange Road, a 10–15 minute walk from the city centre via a pedestrian/cycle path. Two minutes to the University Library and five minutes to Sidgwick Site. 20 minutes to Downing Site and New Museums Site.

Traffic

Grange Road is busy, but is traffic-calmed and has a 20 mile an hour speed limit. One pedestrian crossing, but not near University Library. Few dropped kerbs.

Services and shops

City centre is the nearest location for shops.

Parking

Underground car park with two designated disabled bays. Disabled members can have parking permits. Conference guests on arrangement.

Other transport options

Bus stop outside College, on Grange Road.

General Information

390 undergraduates and 130 postgraduates. For men and women. Built in 1981, so much of the College is accessible. The College is very disability-aware, partly on account of its frequent conferences. A disability access audit has taken place. The College policy is generally to use the budget to meet access needs as they arise. Please discuss your requirements well in advance.

Smoking

No smoking in College building, including student rooms.

Medical facilities

Nurse holds a weekday surgery during full term.

Emergency procedures

Advise Porters' Lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

One double room fully adapted for wheelchair users, with en suite bathroom and emergency alarm. One other partially adapted room for wheelchair users. Kitchen nearby. One room also adapted for students with visual impairments.

Other rooms

Most rooms in College have 3-5cm threshold at door. Adaptations can often be made according to individual requirements. Most rooms are en suite, although bathrooms generally are not very large.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Adapted double room could possibly be used for live-in assistant, although there is pressure on accommodation so this is would be decided on an individual basis. Assistance dogs welcome, and a compound is available in which to exercise them.

Early induction and vacation stays

Early induction and staying over vacations is almost always possible, at usual room rates. Sometimes there is pressure on accommodation during vacation from conferences.

Catering arrangements

Most meals eaten in cafeteria, accessible via lift. Proximity card system for easy payment. Formal dinners take place in hall. Basic kitchens on all staircases, and near to adapted rooms.

Special diets

Special diets are usually no problem for formal dinners, but discuss with catering staff in advance. Plenty of choice in cafeteria.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Ramped entrance from Grange Road. Work is underway to improve access from Adams Road and Sylvester Road. Mostly flat brick or paved surfaces around the College site.

College buildings in general

Two large lifts and walkways make most areas of the College accessible. Many rooms have a 3–5cm threshold at door. Some narrow corridors (65–77cm) and some heavy fire doors. Generally very accessible.

Bar

Level access through wide doors. Smooth and spacious, with moveable furniture. Some of the seating is on a raised 'stage' but most is accessible. Disabled toilet nearby, opposite Umney theatre.

Cafeteria

Lower ground floor. Access via lift. Smooth and spacious inside, with moveable furniture. Staff happy to help if necessary.

Chapel

Short ramp to entrance, through wide door. Smooth and spacious inside. Moveable chairs, with no fixed pews. No steps to altar. Disabled toilet outside entrance.

College offices

Level access to most College offices, including Tutorial office. Rather narrow, with 3–5cm threshold.

Common rooms

JCR near bar. Security keypad, which may be changed to proximity card system. Level access to TV room, through two sets of doors.

Computer facilities

Computer rooms are up four flights of stairs, with no lift. All rooms are networked and most areas have wireless internet access.

Dining hall

Lower ground floor, near cafeteria. Access via lift. Smooth and spacious inside, with moveable furniture.

Fellows' areas

Level access to SCR. All Fellows' areas fully accessible, including Fellows' rooms.

Gardens

Access currently via lift near Umney theatre, or via back entrance. Mostly level, and paths virtually everywhere.

Laundry

Downstairs, with no easy access. Other laundry arrangements may be possible if there is a problem.

Library

Level access to ground floor, via proximity card. Recently converted single passenger lift (small) to other floors. Staff will help where necessary.

Porters' Lodge and post room

Level access to Porters' Lodge. Post kept inside lodge.

Sport facilities

No gym. Shared sports fields with Queens' College.

Toilets

Disabled toilets near chapel, near bar, inside auditorium foyer and at bottom of seating, and in basement of seminar rooms.

Other

  • Music room on first floor, accessed via lift.
  • Level access to auditorium from Front Court. Tiered seating, with wheelchair spaces at front. Disabled toilet.
  • Seminar rooms in basement, access via lift. Disabled toilet.
  • Two teaching rooms are accessible via lift and walkways. Other teaching rooms are up four flights of stairs, but suitable arrangements will be made.
  • Level access to Umney theatre and lounge. Disabled toilet opposite entrance.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome. Exercise compound available.

Computer facilities

Special hardware or software for visually impaired users could be acquired if necessary.

Large print, Braille and audio

Fire instructions and other information available in Braille and large print. Large print letters and information on request.

Library and magnification equipment

No special facilities for text enlargement.

Signs and wayfinding

Very good signposting permanently in place around College. Wayfinding is no problem.

Other

  • Generally lighting is very good, particularly in chapel.
  • Lift has audio information and touch-buttons.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in hall, chapel and main auditorium. Portable induction loop available in Porters' Lodge.

Alarms

Two or three visual and sensory alarms available.

Other

  • College is generally quiet, and most rooms softly furnished.
  • Good acoustics in auditoria.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for students with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with your tutor.

The information on this page is the responsibility of Robinson College. The DRC updates information as it is received from the college. This page was last updated on 12th December 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Robinson College.