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Access, Impairment Assistance, Local Facilities

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Access Issues

Facilities Manager Mr Patrick Boydell
Telephone +44 (0)1223 767600
Fax +44 (0)1223 767602

Map & How to Reach Us

General Information

This map of the campus shows that the Faculty of Education comprises of four buildings:

  • Donald McIntyre Building (DMB)
  • Mary Allan Building (MAB),
  • Trumpington House (TH)
  • Science Education Centre (SEC)

All of the buildings are fully accessible, with the exception of TH which is an older building and can prove difficult to access, but does not need to be used if there is a problem. The site is fairly large, but paths between buildings are good.


The Faculty of Education is a no smoking site.

Medical facilities

There are First Aid kits in each of the Faculty's buildings and a point of contact at DMB reception.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs have been fitted (DMB and MAB only), with designated and trained fire wardens. There are refuge points on all stairwells. Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans are drawn up where necessary.

Physical Access


There is level access to DMB, through automatic doors. There is a push-button automatic exit. The MAB also has level access, through automatic doors. TH has a stepped entrance. SEC has level access.

Number of floors

There are four floors in the DMB, including ground floor. The MAB has three floors. TH has two floors in use. SEC is on one level (ground floor).

Lifts and stairs

There are lifts to all floors in both the DMB and the MAB. Staircases all have continuous handrails.

Lecture theatres

The Auditorium in the MAB is level and accessible, with moveable furniture and plenty of space for wheelchairs. The tiered lecture theatre in SEC has level access to the lower tier.

Seminar/teaching rooms

We have 16 teaching/meeting rooms in the DMB, all with level access from the lift. The rooms are spacious, with moveable furniture. The three teaching labs in the SEC all have level access. There is also level access to the Arts Studio in DMB.


There is level access to the Library on the ground floor and a low counter at the enquiry/issue desk. The Library is staffed by a permanent team, who are very happy to assist readers, throughout opening hours. All levels are spacious and carpeted, with wide shelving and ramps to the Lower Ground Floor and the Lily Pads (upper floor). There are Managed Cluster Service computers, power points for laptops and wireless internet access (eduroam). There are two disabled toilets available, one on the lower ground floor and one on the upper level.

Computer facilities

There are three IT suites in the DMB, which are available for use when there are no classes taking place. wireless internet access (eduroam) is available throughout the majority of the DMB, the SEC and TH. MAB also has eduroam available.


There are disabled toilets on every floor of DMB and MAB, and two disabled toilets in the library.

Common rooms

The cafeteria in DMB is run by Origin8, serving tea and coffee, snacks and light lunches. There is a ramp leading down to the cafeteria, which is on a slightly lower level.


  • The garden is level and accessible, with even paving on the paths, good lighting, and some benches.

Information for visitors with visual impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Computer facilities

We do not have any special hardware or software for visually impaired users. However, these could be acquired if necessary.

Large print, Braille and audio

With advance notice large print information can be provided, on coloured paper if necessary. Our AV Support Service will process these requests.

Library and magnification equipment

The library is north facing and study spaces on the lower ground floor bench enjoy lots of natural light. There are lights above each bay of shelving and the library is well lit. The library signage is clear and large and staff are always happy to help readers locate the information they need. There are two photocopiers available, one on the lower ground floor and one on Lily Pad 2. Other facilities could be acquired if needed.

Signs and wayfinding

The signage in and around the DMB is mostly white-on-grey. Advice from the RNIB was followed when the signs were installed. There is adequate signage around the site itself and MAB.


  • The Faculty buildings have adequate internal and external lighting, including lit paths, car parks and grounds.

Information for visitors with hearing impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops have been installed at the reception desk in the DMB, classrooms GS4 and GS5 and the reception area in MAB.


  • The fire alarm could be adapted for use with a pager if required.
  • The DMB is large and open plan, with a walkway through the middle of the building known as "the Street".  Sound travels, but measures have been taken to minimise this.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

  • Discuss your individual needs with the Faculty Disability Liaison Officer, Vicki Crook, who will liaise with the Disability Resource Centre.
  • Special arrangements can be made with the Faculty library for students with Specific Learning Difficulties or any other special needs.

Location, transport and parking

The Faculty of Education is located at 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ and is approximately two miles from the City Centre, next door to Homerton College with whom we share some Facilities. We are also approximately one mile from Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Disability parking spaces

This campus map shows that the Faculty of Education currently uses three car parks, one at MAB (entrance on Hills Road, the DMB car park (entrance via Harrison Drive) and TH car park (entrance on Hills Road). The DMB has six designated disabled bays in its car park. There are also two bays outside TH and two bays at the MAB.

For further transport information and to obtain a disabled parking permit please use how to reach us.

Local services

There are several convenience stores and three Express Supermarkets in the vicinity. In addition there is an entertainment park, including fully accessible cinema, bowling alley, nightclub and several restaurants, on the corner of Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road.