Students with disabilities

Trinity Hall MCR is here to support students with disabilities in any way we can. 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 on this page will be of help to you, but if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Welfare and Disabilities Officer, or indeed anyone on the MCR Committee.

Location of Trinity Hall (Central Site)

Location: Very close to the city centre (0.1mi to Market Square). 0.3mi from the University Library. 0.5mi from the Sidgwick Site, and about 1.5 miles from the West Cambridge site. Wychfield is about 1.2 miles away.
Traffic: Trinity Lane is a small road just off Trinity Street. There is generally little motor traffic, but there are generally bicycles and pedestrians. 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 in the centre of town is generally difficult as space is very restricted. There are a couple of multistorey carparks and there are several disabled bays located on King’s Parade.

Life in the College

General: 370 undergraduates and 250 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.
Medical facilities: The College Nurse’s surgery hours are 8.30–4.00pm, Monday-Friday during full term, based at Trinity College (tel. 01223 338471).
Emergency procedures: Advise Porters’ Lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. The College does have evacuation chairs.

Accommodation

Wheelchair accessible rooms: All graduate accommodation is located at Wychfield Site. New Build at Wychfield has a number of fully accessible students rooms with adapted ensuite bathrooms and kitchens.
Other rooms: Rooms in Wychfield’s New Build are all ensuite, and some are ground floor.
Live-in assistants and assistance dogs: Two rooms are available at Wychfield with adjoining accommodation suitable for an assistant. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Food

Catering arrangements: The cafeteria serves three meals a day, as well as regular formal halls. The ground floors of Wychfield staircases have larger kitchens, which can be adapted for wheelchair and other impaired users.
Special diets: Special diets accommodated where possible.

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 Site is located outside the centre of town, near Fitzwilliam College.
  • Bar: Located below ground level in Central Site, accessible via stairs with a chairlift.
  • Cafeteria: Level access. One-way system in place to prevent congestion whilst getting food. Card system for payment.
  • Chapel: The smallest Chapel in Oxbridge. Level access, and fixed pew seating. Cosy, but room for a wheelchair.
  • Common rooms: The MCR is ar 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. At Wychfield there is a computer room at the top of ‘A’ staircase, which is accessible by lift. All individual rooms are networked and wifi covers the whole college.
  • Dining Hall: Level access, directly opposite the Cafeteria. Spacious inside, with long tables and chairs.
  • Gardens: Very small gardens on site. Gravel paths and small level lawn. Two benches overlooking river.
  • Laundry: Ground level and accessible in both New Build and Old Wychfield.
  • Library: Level access through heavy door. Five floors of books, with a lift between them floors. Entry by scanning one’s card. Fairly large toilet at ground level.
  • Porters’ Lodge: accessible

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 installed in porters’ lodge. 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.