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|Birkbeck, University of London|
|Malet Street, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HX London|
020 7631 6000
This information is intended to provide an overview for current and prospective students with disabilities. If you have any questions or you would like to talk to a member of staff, please contact our Disability Office.
Parking for disabled drivers is very limited at Birkbeck (and parking is not available to students before 4.30pm).
'Disabled driver' badge holders may apply for a green badge from Camden Council (020 7278 4444), which will entitle them to park without charge in the numerous residents' parking bays, and pay and display zones in the area.
To obtain a green badge you need to:
- collect an application form from the disability co-ordinator
- complete the form
- send it to Camden Council along with two passport-size photos and a letter of support from Birkbeck stating the days and times of lectures.
With this information, a green badge will be supplied to students free of charge.
Assistance for wheelchair users
The general availability of mobile phones has meant that Birkbeck has been able to put a system in place whereby you can telephone main reception for assistance to get into a wheelchair from your car - if parked near to one of our buildings - and be taken to your classroom.
Specialist computer equipment
Birkbeck offers a range of specialist hardware and computer software to help you with your studies. These facilities are managed by the Central Computing Services (CCS). The CCS reception and help desk is located in the main college in Malet Street, room 151 and is accessible by wheelchair.
Access to computing facilities is controlled by usernames and passwords, which are sent, with introductory documentation, to all new students at their home address once they have enrolled.
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Most users access CCS facilities using PC workstations located in eight rooms around the College, which comprise:
- three large teaching rooms (321, 402 and 536)
- a smaller room not normally used for classes in the evening (352)
- teaching rooms at Gordon Square (rooms 12 and 13)
- Senate House North Block Basement (Room SHB43)
- Clore Management Centre (room 6).
The computer workstation rooms do require you to manoeuvre carefully if you are in a wheelchair.
The workstations allow personal tailoring of the desktop, which is then available from all PCs in any CCS workstation room. This may include size of icons, size of text and colour schemes. CCS Reception can provide help in setting up the desktop.
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Central Computing Services reception
The CCS Reception and Help Desk are located in the main College on Malet Street in room 151 and are accessible by wheelchair.
Ongoing improvements at Birkbeck
- Accessible toilets (disabled toilets) for wheelchair users are to be provided in most buildings. Single-lever mixing taps, grab rails and handrails are being fitted in several male and female toilets in buildings without disabled toilets.
- The door handles being fitted throughout the college are of the type recommended by the Centre for Accessible Environment, being either lever or "D" type handles, and doors are fitted with push plates.
- To assist people with impaired vision, many fixtures within the Birkbeck buildings, such as staircase handrails, are already painted in colours that contrast with their background, and most stair nosings are prominently marked.
- When redecoration programmes are planned, account is taken of the need to use contrasting colours for fixtures and backgrounds to enhance accessibility for people with impaired vision.
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