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The Atrium Reception

University of Derby, Kedleston Road Site, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

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  • Services / facilities within the building include all departments and facilities.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The University is situated just off the A38 Queensway to the west of Derby City. There are clearly signed routes to the M1 north and south. From either direction travel to the A38 Markeaton Island and take the exit signposted University of Derby. After 200m bear left onto the slip road and remain in the left lane. Turn left into Kedleston Road and take the right hand lane, signposted University. The main entrance is clearly signposted 100m on the right. Just inside the University grounds is the security barrier. Permit holders use the left lane, visitors use the right lane.
    • There are designated car parks for students, visitors and staff. There is also an extensive park and ride facility at Markeaton Park served by the free Unibus service direct to the main entrance.
  • By Bus View
    • Unibus serves the Kedleston Road campus and all University owned Halls of Residence. The services also serve the railway station and the city centre. The Unibus is free for staff and students with a valid ID card and the public can also use the service at a fare of £2.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest main railway station is Derby which has local services and direct services to London, and the CrossCountry network serving England, Wales and Scotland. From Derby Station the Unibus is a direct route to the Kedleston Road site.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information


  • There are separate guides for car parks for staff, students and visitors which serve all the buildings on the campus.
  • There is drop off point located between Kedleston Road and Car Park 1.
  • For information on Car Park 1 – Student Car Park please click here
  • For information on Car Park 3 – Staff Car Park please click here
  • For information on the Visitors Car Park please click here.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front 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 (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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 steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • 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 9 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.


  • The main reception is located inside the main entrance.
  • The desk is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main 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 medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested on 13/01/2020.
  • The hearing loop was working at the time of testing.

Entry and Exit Barriers

  • Immediately beyond the reception desk are automated barriers. There is a gate to the left for mobility impaired students and visitors which may be opened by swiping an ID card (110cm high reader) or by the reception staff. The gate is 120cm wide. The standard gates are 80cm wide and are operated by the ID card. Adjacent to the entry barriers are the exit barriers which have the same dimensions.
  • All entry to the University buildings is through these controlled barriers.