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University of Surrey will launch online access guide for users in September 2017

The University of Surrey believes that everyone should have access to the educational and work opportunities the University provides. We are therefore pleased to announce that we are now working in partnership with DisabledGo to develop an Access Guide helping disabled staff, students and visitors to get to and around our sites more easily.

DisabledGo, which has been in operation since 2000, is one of the largest disability organisations in Europe. It provides online access guides to a huge range of venues in the UK, allowing individuals to determine the suitability of a building according to their disability.

With the start of the new academic year 2017/18, the user-friendly Access Guide and on the University’s main webpage there will also be a mobile app for iOS and Android available.

The Guide will provide details relating to physical access into and around each University building such as teaching blocks, the library and eating venues on campus. This includes level access and automatic doors, access by ramps and slopes, as well as stair access for mobility impaired walkers. The Access Guide will also offer information about such facilities as car parking, access to toilets and changing rooms.

The guide describes your journey into and throughout the venue and includes photographs of the features covered. Detailed access guide are used for places where you are likely to spend a reasonable period of time. It will provide information for a whole range of impairments including hearing and visual.

Peter Brinkley, the University’s Head of Security and Chair of the Disability Equality Working Group, said:

“I am delighted to be working with Disabled Go to bring their access guide here to Surrey. I am confident that all of our students, staff and visitors will be able to benefit from the detailed access guides, which will provide a graphical summary of our campus accessibility using access icons, together with highly detailed information in relation to each of the key features of the venue. This is working well in a number of other universities across the UK and I very much look forward to seeing it go live here. We will keep you informed of launch dates so watch this space!”

Over the coming months, we will be working with trained DisabledGo surveyors to visit and assess each building on campus to make it an inviting, secure and comfortable environment for everyone.