University of Essex

University of Essex

The University of Essex welcomes disabled students, staff and visitors to its campuses, and is committed to removing barriers to education, training and employment for all.

These goals are supported by our Equality and Diversity Unit; our dedicated disability team offering specialist support, equipment and expertise to students with disabilities/learning difficulties; and an Access Forum promoting university-wide communication on access issues and working with Estates on new builds and refurbishments.

The Colchester campus was built in the 1960s in a valley setting, but substantial improvements over time have successfully addressed most limitations of age/terrain: our educational and social facilities, and most routes (some outlying gradients permitting), are independently accessible to wheelchair users; our teaching spaces are supported by adaptive technologies and we provide accessible accommodation.

Our Southend campus includes a state-of-the-art building in the heart of the town centre with designed-in access; purpose built student accommodation, also in the town centre; and Clifftown Theatre and Studios, a converted Church which now boasts a dynamic, state-of-the-art and accessible theatre and five large and unique studios, each with their own character and charm.

Our Loughton campus is the oldest of our three campuses but has benefitted from continual access improvements to its major buildings and grounds over recent years. The new facilities at Roding House are fully accessible, as is the Corbett Theatre at the main site, for students and audiences alike.

The Forum, Southend-on-Sea, offers a state-of-the-art integrated municipal and academic public library, the first its kind in the UK, together with additional learning facilities for the University and College, in the heart of the Town Centre; the result of a unique and exciting partnership project between the University, Southend Borough Council and South Essex College

Essex has 'Positive about Disabled People' status. Our figures for students disclosing a disability are consistently above the national average, reflecting we hope our strong tradition of support in this field.

We recognise that comprehensive, accurate information is essential in enabling disabled people to make informed choices. To this end, all access-related campus information is now available from a one-stop portal, Access@Essex on the university web site.

We are very pleased to be working with DisabledGo.