Facilities for Users with Disabilities

IT Services aims to make reasonable adjustments, where possible, for anyone with a disability or condition in order for them to access our services.

At 13 Banbury Road, the IT Teaching rooms, Training rooms and user support services are located on the ground floor. The main entrance is not suitable for wheelchair access, however there is ramped access to the building via 9 Banbury Road.

IT Learning Centre and the Thames Suite rooms

The IT Learning Centre at IT Services runs over two hundred different courses covering both introductory and specialised use of computers and common systems and packages.

Courses are normally delivered in the Thames Suite which has four fully equipped teaching rooms with high specification computers and full audio-visual provision. Three of the rooms are PC based and one room has a suite of Apple iMac computers.

  • Cherwell (Mac room) has all desks height adjustable, interactive whiteboard. An induction loop can be set up.
  • Isis room has specialist desks, two height adjustable desks, interactive whiteboard, along with an induction loop system.
  • Evenlode has a height adjustable desk, interactive whiteboard, along with an induction loop system.
  • Windrush has specialist desks, a height adjustable desk, interactive whiteboard. An induction loop can be set up.

In addition there are three fully equipped training rooms, which are shared with the IT Services Projects Training Team and other training functions around the University.

  • Kennet has eight desks which can be arranged in a number of configurations to support different teaching and training styles.
  • Ock has eight desks in a standard training arrangement
  • Ray has eight desks in a standard training arrangement

As well as providing a comfortable environment, facilities in the Thames Suite have been designed for easy access. The Thames Suite is on the ground floor and the building has ramped access and toilets are accessible to wheelchair users. Parking can be arranged for delegates with disabilities.

Course Information

A searchable database of all IT Learning Centre and Bodleian iSkills courses is available where you can book places and manage your IT course schedule online. Course notes can be provided in large print or as electronic text. Please request your chosen format when booking your course.

If you have a disability and wish to attend a course please let us know when you make your booking online or you can contact us in advance to discuss how we can help:

Other University Services

User self-assessment

All staff who use a computer in their daily work are encouraged to complete a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) User self-assessment. If staff experience any pain or discomfort in using a standard keyboard and mouse, they may find it helpful to try out alternatives. Guidance is available from the DSE assessor within their department or the Occupational Health Service.

Disabled staff are entitled to reasonable adjustments in the workplace, including the provision of assistive technology and software. Please contact the Occupational Health Service or Staff Disability Adviser.

Disability Advisory Service

The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) is part of Student Welfare and Support Services. They provide information, advice and guidance on the way in which a particular disability may potentially impact on a student’s experience at the University and can assist with organising disability-related study support.

This service now includes an Assessment Centre which assesses disabled student's study needs, including the provision of assistive software and technology.

Accessible Resources Acquisition and Creation Unit (ARACU)

The Accessible Resources Acquisition and Creation Unit service provides audio recordings of books and other material. There is also equipment at the New Bodleian Library to enable independent access to resources. These resources are available for any student with a disability including dyslexia.

Useful contacts

Occupational Health Service
Web Site: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/uohs/
Phone: 01865 (2)82676
Staff Disability Adviser
Web Site: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/disab/staff/
Phone: 01865 (2)80687

Further Information

About the IT Services web site

Details about our web site and its level of accessibility can be found in our Accessibility Statement.

Information on the Web

There are a wide range of web sources dealing with disability issues. For example AbilityNet provides training about IT and disability and a range of downloadable factsheets.

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 4 October 2016