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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.
As part of regular routine inspections to our lifts on campus, a fault has been identified with the lift in the Computer Science building. Regrettably, it is necessary for us to take this lift out of service whilst we await delivery of the parts necessary to rectify the fault. The current estimated date for completion of these works is Friday 5th November. Step free access to all floors within Computer Science is possible via the adjacent building MSB.
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.
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.
We are excited that a new external ramp is to be constructed between WBS and Gibbet Hill Road from Monday 22/03/2021 and Friday 30/04/2021. As a result, pedestrian diversions and traffic management will be in place along Gibbet Hill Road.
The ramp will replace the tapered steps and provide a new shorter step free route into the main reception entrance of WBS from Gibbet Hill Road and central campus.
From Wednesday 16/12/2020 - Thursday 17/12/2020 we will be carrying out relining works to the car parking spaces along Health Centre Road to create additional accessible parking provision on central campus. As a result, accessible spaces along Health Centre Road will be out of action for these 2 days. The nearest alternative provision is the accessible spaces at the rear of Senate House. Details enclosed.
Following feedback from students, The Library have introduced optional laminated face covering exemption cards. They are simply the exemption cards provided by the Government at gov.uk and have been printed off and laminated for use.
Students can pick up a card from the Library Welcome Point or Helpdesk. No proof of exemption will be required. The cards are theirs to keep - please do not hand them back. If you place the card visibly on the desk, the top corners are the best, and staff patrolling Library areas will not approach you regarding wearing a face covering. This new process is completely optional, the Library does not enforce students to have to display a card. The Library are trialling this approach due to the high staff turnover and rotas at Library sites, therefore students may have been approached multiple times throughout their study period regarding face covering. This new approach gives an option for a student to signal they are exempt without having to interact staff repeatedly.
The ground floor accessible toilet and shower in the Mathematical Sciences Building has been upgraded to make the space into a "Space to Change", a smaller version of a "Changing Places" facility.
A quick video update from Jenny Wheeler Estates Accessibility Officer on her first trip back to campus, looking at the new hand sanitisers that have been installed around campus, including in the student residences.