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Physical and mobility impairment

We recognise that students with different types of physical and mobility impairment may have very different needs and we strongly advise you contact the Disability Team to discuss the impact of your impairment. You will be allocated a named adviser within the Disability Team who can provide on-going information, advice and guidance. 

If you are applying to the University, please contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We can arrange an accessible tour of the campus including accessible accommodation

We will work with you to to establish the support you require. This may include;

  • Advice and guidance on the requirements of your course to help identify where difficulty may occur and how to accommodate this
  • Liaison with your department regarding your impairment and adjustments they can make to help you access the course
  • Information regarding accessible accommodation
  • Advice on the assistance provided by Student Support Workers
  • Advice on how personal care requirements are met
  • Liaison with social services
  • Your named adviser can give you more information on learning support and examination arrangements

We are piloting a physical access card.  If you'd like more information about the new scheme or a card, please get in touch.

Physical Access

There is detailed information on physical access including Access Guides, information on parking and a step free map of Colchester Campus. Please contact us if you have queries on how this would affect you.

Colchester Campus is largely accessible for most people with a mobility impairment. The teaching buildings are interconnected and as a result there are multiple lifts to all floors. The campus is built on the side of the hill so there are some slopes. The car parks are a little distance away from most of the main buildings. There is a large amount of residential accommodation on site.
Loughton Campus consists of a number of different sites and buildings with variable and sometimes limited access.  There is parking on site. Student Support can advise you on accommodation in the local area.
Southend Campus has accessible purpose built teaching facilities at the Gateway Building. The ground floor of the Clifftown studios are accessible although first floor studios have no lift for access. Parking and accommodation are a short distance from the buildings.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP)

You may be required to meet with the Fire Safety Officer to agree a PEEP. Please contact the Safety Office to arrange a meeting at the start of your programme of study.


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