This page contains important updates that may affect accessibility at the University of Warwick. Note, some items will expire after works are completed.
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Faculty of Arts Building Lifts and Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans
Update on the lifts in the Faculty of Arts Building and information about the Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan process.
The Sunflower Lanyard - hidden disability scheme
Did you know that the University supports the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower for people with hidden disabilities? You can find out more, including where to get yours, on our dedicated Sunflower Lanyard webpage.
Change of an Accessible bay at Radcliffe Conference Centre
We are making some minor temporary changes to the location of accessible parking within Radcliffe Car Park from the 25/01/2023 for the next few months. This is to prevent electric vehicle (EV) owners from occupying accessible bays to charge their electric vehicles without a blue badge. We are in the process of reviewing electric vehicle charging across campus including the quantity and location in this car park but this temporary measure has come from feedback of blue badge holders and EV owners. Temporary signage will be added to state that the accessible bay next to the charger is for EV vehicles including those with a blue badge.
During this temporary period, the other accessible bays will be unaffected. A reminder that blue badge holders can continue to park in this space if they have an EV vehicle and can park in any vehicle space with a blue badge. Should blue badge holders be unable to park in a dedicated bay and have had to position their vehicle in a way that occupies more than one space, please let Radcliffe reception know.
We are excited about the improvements to the overall provision of EV charging and accessible parking provision across campus. This accessible parking bay will be restored as part of this review.
Map of blue badge spaces on campus
A map of blue badge bays on campus has been added onto our accessibility parking page to indicate where blue badge spaces can be located. This is on Google Maps software. So Blue badge holders can now locate where the nearest accessible space is to their building location.
Bus Interchange and The Oculus Building - External Wireless upgrade
The UOW frame work contractor Sudlows will be upgrading the external Wi-Fi around the Bus interchange and the Oculus building using high level access equipment. To reach the high level access points the access equipment will need to be positioned on the path way and barriered. No facilities will be affected however wireless network service will be affected in a localised area while the unit is being replaced. The works will take place on the 31st January 2023.
Humanities Lining works - 19th / 20th September
Relining of carparking spaces to make accessible bays compliant meaning the existing parking bays will be out of action while the works take place (19th/20th September). However, the back of Senate House will still be available.
CP8a - Junction - Emergency Works affecting accessible parking
Due to emergency repairs to a water pipe in the vicinity of the accessible parking bays outside Junction in CP8a, regrettably, it is essential for some of those spaces to be taken out of action for the duration of the works. This is unavoidable due to the location of the broken pipe. During the works, If you need access to accessible parking and these spaces are still closed, you may park considerately on the double yellow lines opposite the bays but a valid blue badge or disability permit must be displayed at all times.
It is anticipated that the works will take place over the next few weeks. Updates will be posted when available.
Changing Places Toilets at Warwick
Happy Changing Places Awareness Day!
We are very proud to have 6 Changing Places Facilities across our campuses at the University of Warwick, including one opening soon in Warwick Arts Centre and one under construction in the New Faculty of Arts Building. Find out more about all of our Changing Places, including 360-degree photos, here.
Face coverings and visors
Although the Government has recently changed its guidance to say that a visor on its own does not constitute a face covering, as a University, we recognise our obligations to be proactive to anticipate the needs of disabled people under the Equality Act 2010. As such, we will continue to issue and allow the use of visors on their own for service provision activities in combination with existing additional measures that we have in place on campus, such as social distancing, asymptomatic testing and transparent barriers as specified in local risk assessments. Examples of relevant service provision activities include teaching, customer service and direct communication with people who rely on lip reading or the interpretation of facial expressions. A polite reminder that not all disabilities are visible and some people may be exempt from wearing a face covering either due to their disability or to aid communication with a disabled person.
Library Road - Emergency Works affecting accessible parking
Due to emergency repairs to a large duct cover in the vicinity of the accessible parking bays outside Engineering on Library Road, regrettably, it is essential for some of those spaces to be taken out of action for the duration of the works. This is unavoidable due to the location of the damaged duct cover. During the works, we will strive to maintain access to at least 2 of the 5 accessible parking bays. If you need access to accessible parking and these spaces are full, you may park considerately on the double yellow lines opposite the bays but a valid blue badge or disability permit must be displayed at all times.
It is anticipated that the works will take place over the next few months. This is due to specialist materials that need to be made to complete the works. Updates will be posted when available.