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Keele Postgraduate Association

97 Horwood Hall, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5DY

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Postgraduate Student Clubhouse facilities.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Keele University is located between Junctions 15 and 16 on the M6, just west of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The Campus is located just off the A525 road from Newcastle-under-Lyme to Whitchurch.
    • Blue Badge holders are able to park in the designated bays throughout the campus. There are Pay and Display car parks available to visitors throughout the campus. Staff require a permit, and can park in the specified staff car parks on campus. Students living off campus are able to purchase a parking permit to park in the student parking zones. Students resident on campus are not permitted to bring a car unless they are studying certain specified courses which require attendance on placements off campus (e.g. medicine, nursing).
  • By Bus View
    • Bus 25 accesses the campus from Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station. Bus 85 stops at Keele Village and Barnes Hall from Crewe Railway Sation.
  • By Train View
    • Stoke-on-Trent Station is 5 miles away and Crewe Station is 12 miles from the campus. These stations are served by a number of train companies, including Virgin and London Midland.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the front of the Students' Union Building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Students' Union.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 3 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 380cm x 500cm (12ft 6in x 16ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by anybody.
    • Parking charges apply for all except permit and Blue Badge holders.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located at the side of the car park.
    • Payment machines are located in the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment cannot be made by phone.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is level access to the car park from the campus.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the Campus.
    • The nearest designated bay is 37m (40yd 1ft) from the Students' Union entrance.

Outside Access

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • Entrance View
    • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in) wide.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp or slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up.
    • The width of the ramp is 135cm (4ft 5in).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does play background music.
    • Music is played throughout the building.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are a function/meeting room.

Accessible Toilet.

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • This accessible toilet is 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
  • This accessible toilet is located to the rear of the building on the left.
  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • This is a unisex toilet.
  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • The door weight is light.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 144cm x 290cm (4ft 9in x 9ft 6in).
  • Floor manoeuvring space is not clear in the accessible toilet.
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
  • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
  • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
  • There is not a coat hook.
  • Wall mounted rails are available.
  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
  • The shelf is higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There are mirrors.
  • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • There is not a towel dispenser.
  • There is a toilet roll holder.
  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 97cm (3ft 2in).
  • There is a wash basin.
  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The height of the wash basin is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
  • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
  • The toilet seat colour contrast is.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A female standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to the rear of the building.
    • There is a male standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 13m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.