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Student Central

The University of Northumbria, Sandyford Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 8ST

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The City Campus is located off the A167(M) in the centre of Newcastle.
    • The University of Northumbria's parking partner APCOA manages parking at the university. University car parks are for the use of permit holders only and are subject to the parking regulations. Permits are available for visitors to the university with 48 hours' notice.
  • By Bus View
    • The West and South areas of the City are served by the number 1, 10, 11, 30, 31, 33, 33A, 35, 36 and 38 buses at the Haymarket John Dobson Street bus stop on John Dobson Street. The number 1 provides a free inter-campus service for staff and students.
  • By Train View
    • The City Campus is approximately 1 mile from Newcastle Central Station, the city's main train station. Buses are available from the station to the campus as well as metro trains to Haymarket which is the nearest station for City Campus West.
  • By Underground View
    • In addition to Haymarket for City Campus West, Manors Station is the nearest for City Campus East. Four Lane Ends Metro can be used to go to Coach Lane Campus. Buses are available from Pilgrim Street to the campus.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Sports Hall Car Park.
    • The car park is located to the rear of Sports Central.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is College Street Car Park.
    • The car park is located on College Lane.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are also some Permit Only parking bays located to the side of the Northumberland Building, opposite the Student Central main entrance (shown in the photographs).

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the rear of the building on Radnor Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Sports Centre and Ellison Building.
    • 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 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 370cm x 600cm (12ft 2in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the car park from the Ellison Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Ellison Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 52m (56yd 2ft) from the Ellison Building main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Although there is no designated drop off point it is possible to use the open area at the E block rear doors opposite Pandon Bridge (shown in photographs 5-7).

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the rear of the Sandyford Building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Squires Annexe.
    • 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 5 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 358cm x 550cm (11ft 9in x 18ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Sandyford Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Sandyford Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There is a dropped kerb from the car park to the main entrance.
    • There are bollards leading from the car park to the main entrance.
    • The minimum width between the bollards is 193cm.
    • There is a loading bay for the Claude Gibb Hall of Residence on Day Street which could be used to drop off for this building.
    • This Car park is for Pre Booked and Transitional Parking Only.
    • Standard student, staff, and visitor parking is available behind Claude Gibb Hall in the Lipman Car Park.

Outside Access (Student Central Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the Library Building, off St Mary's Place.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 247cm (8ft 1in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 253cm (8ft 4in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway to the left and right of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is only open 09:00 - 20:00 weekdays and 09:00 - 17:00 at weekends.
    • Outside of these hours, access is via keycard.
    • The height of the keycard reader is 99cm.

Outside Access (Library Central Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off The Quad, opposite the Students' Union.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 230cm (7ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 131cm (4ft 4in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 8 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • The second set of doors are to the left and right of the first set as you enter, shown in photographs 4 and 5.
    • The first part of the ramp only has a hand rail on the left going up (photograph 6 and 7).
    • There are also 5 steps leading from The Quad to the second part of the ramp (shown in photographs 8 and 9).

Reception (Ask 4 Help)

  • Ask 4 Help is located opposite the Library central entrance.
  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the Library central entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • This is reception desk is also 26 metres from the Student Central main entrance.
    • There is always someone available from the Ask 4 Help team at the Library desk, located to the right of this desk, even when the reception here is closed.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Outside Access (Quad Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the Quad, at the front right of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 139cm (4ft 7in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • There are no doors at this entrance.
    • The width of the door opening is 107cm (3ft 6in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located leading from the Quad to the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 11 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 second doors at this entrance.
    • The door ahead as you enter via the first set of doors leads to the area adjacent to Squires Building (shown in photograph 5).
    • The door to the left as you enter via the first set of doors leads to the Advice and Support Zone area of Student Central and the Library barriers (shown in photograph 6).
    • There is a ramp in the Quad leading away from the building (shown in photographs 7 and 8) which gives access to the ramp in front of the Sandyford Building which gives access to this entrance (shown in photographs 9 and 10).

Getting Around (Student Central)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to the Advice and Support Zone from the Ask 4 Help reception and Library security barriers.
    • This ramp (shown in photographs 1 and 2) is located to the right of the Ask 4 Help reception and Library security barriers as you face them. It links the main entrances and reception area with the Advice and Support Zone, and the ramp and steps leading to the main Advice and Support Zone Student Central area and the Squires Building (detailed below).
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the majority of the Advice and Support Zone, and the Squires Building.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a slight ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to the majority of the Advice and Support Zone, and the Squires Building.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • These steps and ramp (shown in photographs 3 and 4) are located on the far right of the Student Central Area from the Ask 4 Help reception. They lead to the majority of the majority of the Advice and Support Zone, and the Squires Building, and the Squires Building, from the main entrances and reception. There is a similar ramp and steps between the Quad entrance and the Squires Building main entrance (shown in photographs 5 and 6).
    • There is/are 1 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the central waiting area of the Advice and Support Zone.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • This step (shown in photograph 7) can be overcome using the ramp detailed above.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is no 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 good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The area to the left of the Ask 4 Help reception, between the main and Library Central entrances, contains seating which can be used for individual and group study (photographs 8 - 10). Some of this seating has arm rests.
    • There is also an information touchscreen, 98 - 110cm high, available in this area (shown in photograph 11).
    • There is a takeaway coffee cart located just inside Student Central entrance (photograph 12).
    • The Advice and Support Zone is used by staff to deliver student support between 08:00 - 18:00 Monday - Friday. Outside these hours, this area can be booked for group and individual study (photographs 13-15).

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • 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 approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Student Central main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located directly to the right of the main entrance as you enter.
    • There are also accessible toilets on the ground floor of the Squires Building, close the meeting areas on the lower area of Student Central. Please see the separate guide for the Squires Building for more details.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 179cm x 243cm (5ft 10in x 7ft 12in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 110cm (3ft 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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).
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilets are located in the Library and the Squires Building.