Graduands and guests with disabilities

Should you or any of your guests have a disability, we will do everything we can to ensure that your day runs as smoothly as possible. 

Graduands with a mobility impairment

Graduands mount a short flight of steps to the platform to have their degree conferred. If you know you are likely to have difficulty mounting these steps please contact us as soon as possible so that suitable arrangements can be made.

To make your day as comfortable as possible arrive at the campus entrance adjacent to the Guild of Students.  Speak to a member of Security staff  who will be able to grant you vehicular access to campus - allowing you to park as close as possilbe to University Centre (where you should collect your tickets and gowns).  It is then a short walk to the Great Hall where the ceremony takes place.  If you require vehicular access to Chancellor's Court (the area immediately outside the Great Hall) then again speak to Security staff at the entrance adjacent to the Guild of Students and they can then permit you access to Chancellor's Court. There is ramp access to the Great Hall via the Bramall Music Building (R12 on the campus map). The driver should then proceed to park the vehicle in any of the car parks on campus.

The driver of the vehicle will be able to collect the graduand and their guests from Chancellor's Court when you are ready to leave campus.

Guests with a mobility impairment

Access to campus and Chancellor's Court for any guests with a mobility impairment is exactly the same as for graduands (outlined above).  Should you have any specific queries or if we can be of any assistance then please contact us.

Guest seating in the Great Hall is unreserved and available on a first-come first-served basis.  We advise those guests with a disability to arrive at the Great Hall shortly before the doors open (9.25am for the 10.30am congregation, 12.40pm for the 1.45pm congregation, 3.40pm for the 4.30pm congregation) so that you can select the most comfortable seating location before the rest of the congregation enter the Great Hall.

Hearing impairment

The Great Hall is equipped with a hearing loop system to assist those graduands and
guests with hearing impairments. Should you require a hearing loop please visit the Sound Desk at the rear of the Great Hall when you enter the Hall.