Students with disabilities

The Trinity Hall MCR is here to fully support students with disabilities in any way. We are sure that you will fit in to our community and have done and will do everything in our power to make you comfortable. Hopefully the information will be of help to you. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact your Welfare and Disabilities Officer, or indeed anyone on the MCR Committee.

Location of Trinity Hall

Location: Two minutes walk to City centre. 5-10 minutes to University Library, 10-15 minutes to Sidgwick Site, and 15 minutes to Downing Site and New Museums Site.
Traffic: Located in quiet road off Trinity Street. Beware the two blind corners and fast bicycles. Walking on pavements is difficult, as they are generally uneven, with few dropped kerbs and lots of parked bicycles.
Parking: Parking on site extremely difficult, especially due to bollard restrictions in town centre. Parking available at new Wychfield accommodation block. Several disabled bays are located on King’s Parade.

Life in the College

General: 390 undergraduates and 231 postgraduates. Even sex distribution. Small, friendly College, located on a quiet street near city centre. Good access generally, and lots of support for students with disabilities. Disability issues are discussed by tutors at regular meetings.
Smoking: Smoking will soon be banned on all College property including all student rooms.
Medical facilities: Nurse holds a weekday surgery 8.30-11am and noon-1pm during term, based at Trinity College next door. Tel: 01223 338 471.
Emergency procedures: Advise Porters’ Lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. No specific evacuation facilities.

Accommodation

Wheelchair accessible rooms: Two rooms on site adapted for wheelchair users, with adapted bathrooms close by. The New Builds at Wychfield have a number of fully accessible students rooms with adapted ensuite bathrooms and kitchens.
Other rooms: Rooms in Wychfield’s New Builds are all ensuite, and some are ground floor. No ensuite rooms on site. Students with specific needs are generally moved up the room ballot.
Live-in assistants and assistance dogs: Live-in assistants are a possibility at Wychfield, although assistants have never needed to be accommodated before. Assistance dogs are also a possibility, depending on building constraints.
Early induction and vacation stays: Early induction and staying over vacation are both possible. Hardship funds can help to subsidise this.

Food

Catering arrangements: The cafeteria serves three meals a day, as well as regular formal halls. Kitchen facilities on site are small and not suitable for full self-catering. Wychfield block will have larger kitchens, which can be adapted for wheelchair and other impaired users.
Special diets: Special diets accommodated where possible. Several students have nut allergies, and nuts are banned from the bar.

Access

  • College grounds in general: Level access to main entrance, with bell at gate. Level throughout. Front court has fairly uneven slabbed paving, and cobbles can be avoided. Surfaces further inside are concrete.
  • College buildings in general: Almost all public areas accessible to wheelchair users. Wychfield block is located outside of the centre, near Fitzwilliam College.
  • Bar: First floor, accessible via large lift. Fairly small, but with moveable chairs and stools. Accessible toilet round the corner.
  • Cafeteria: Level access. Smooth and spacious, with one-way system. Opposite hall entrance. Card system for payment.
  • Chapel: The smallest Chapel in Oxbridge. Level access, and fixed pew seating. Cosy, but room for a wheelchair.
  • Common rooms: MCR on ground level.
  • Computer facilities: Computer room is upstairs in library, the only part not accessible by lift. There are two public computers in the ground level MCR however. All individual rooms networked. Wireless internet covers the whole site.
  • Dining Hall: Level access, directly opposite Cafeteria. Spacious inside, with long tables and benches. Platform lift up to high table, which has level access from the Fellows’ areas.
  • Fellows’ areas: Level access to SCR and Fellows’ dining hall. Ramp down to Master’s Lodge.
  • Gardens: Very small gardens on site. Gravel paths and small level lawn. Two benches overlooking river.
  • Laundry: Ground level and accessible.
  • Library: Level access through heavy door. Three floors, with a lift between all floors. Keypad entry will be changed to a proximity card system. Spacious inside. Fairly large toilet at ground level.
  • Porters’ Lodge and post room: Currently ramped to cover one step down.
  • Toilets: Disabled toilet near bar. A new disabled toilet is being fitted near the Porters’ Lodge.

Students with Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs: Assistance dogs welcome.
Computer facilities: Special software can be acquired, and the College has several computers which can be loaned to students.
Large print, Braille and audio: Large print letters and information on request.
Library and magnification equipment: No special facilities for text enlargement. Lighting in library is good, with individual lights at each desk.
Signs and wayfinding: New signs are currently being fitted, and should be in place by October. The site is small, and wayfinding is not a problem.
Lights around college grounds turn on automatically at dusk.

Students with Hearing Impairments

Induction loops: Induction loop will be installed in Porters’ Lodge this summer. Loops can be acquired if needed.
Alarms: Visual or sensory alarms could be acquired if needed.
Little traffic noise, as the college is off the main street. Generally quiet around college.

Learning Disabilities

The Senior Tutor takes special responsibility for all students with SpLDs, including Asperger’s Syndrome and dyslexia, and makes appropriate arrangements in conjunction with the DRC. Exams can be performed in College. College counsellor available.