University: The University of the West of England has 4 campuses in Bristol and has centres in Bath, Swindon and Hartpury. The main site is the Frenchay campus where most of the faculties and support services are based.
Tel: 0117 328 3600 for more information if you are thinking of applying to the University. (Students should make contact with the Enquiry and Admissions Service prior to interviews and open days so any support arrangements can be made). Disability Service: This is based at the Frenchay Campus. It offers a range of facilities including:
* Advice on claiming study-related disability support funding (i.e. DSAs)
* Assessments of educational support needs
* Accessing technical and non-medical support
* Training in the use of assistive technology
* Dyslexia tuition
* General advice
UWE offers places in fully adapted accommodation for up to ten students and their PAs. There are also visual alarms and sockets for vibrating pad alarms for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Additional adaptations may be made on an individual basis subject to resources.
All parts of Frenchay Campus are wheelchair accessible including shops, refreshment facilities and The Octagon, where some Centre for Performing Arts activities take place. The Campus is multi-levelled and access to different levels is possible from the outside or by the use of lifts on the inside. Most parts of the other campuses are accessible but there are some local difficulties due to the age of some of the buildings. The DRC has a push pad electronic door and ramp to entrance and a loop system. PCs with assistive technology can be found in the libraries, and at least one PC with software for students with specific learning difficulties, (e.g. dyslexia) and one PC with software for students with visual impairments is sited in each faculty for student use. Hearing impaired students are offered the free use of a vibrating pager, while studying on the Frenchay Campus, to alert them when a fire alarm is sounded.
Audit reports to examine access for disabled people have been undertaken and a programme of improvements put in place. Recent work includes the installation of lifts, automatic doors, toilet facilities for disabled people, induction loops in all lecture theatres and a comprehensive programme to improve signage and wayfinding at all campuses.
There are dedicated parking spaces near both accommodation and study areas, but on a first come first served basis so spaces are not guaranteed. Visitors should notify the gatehouse on arrival, they will then be directed to an appropriate car park.
Public transport: Contact Firstbus and train operators for further information.
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