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Rutherford College

University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:00 - 00:00.
  • Tuesday 06:00 - 00:00.
  • Wednesday 06:00 - 00:00.
  • Thursday 06:00 - 00:00.
  • Friday 06:00 - 00:00.
  • Saturday 06:00 - 00:00.
  • Sunday 06:00 - 00:00.
  • Comments View
    • After midnight, there is swipe card only access to the building for residents in the accommodation blocks.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Canterbury.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Canterbury West.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located to the left of the main building, in front of Rutherford Annex.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 340cm x 435cm (11ft 2in x 14ft 3in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 24m (26yd 9in) from the lift to the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the lift to the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • The standard bays in the car park are for Pink Permit Holders only (staff).
    • For more details of parking on campus, please see the University website parking pages.

Outside Access (Main Building Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building from the bridge level.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).

Level Change (Main Building Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up the left hand side of the bridge towards the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading on to the bridge towards the entrance from the central campus level.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 3 shows the landing at the top of the ramp, which is 106 x 106cm.

Outside Access (Main Car Park Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at car park level, at the front left of the building, to the left of the stairs.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).

Level Change (Main Car Park Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Lift (Main Car Park Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the car park entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main car park entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 96cm x 140cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance opens into the second floor.
    • The main entrance is on the third floor.
    • This lift also gives access to floor 4 of the North Wing.
    • The lift doors open on the opposite side from the car park level on levels 3 and 4.

Reception (Main)

  • The desk/counter is 24m (26yd 9in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception is accessed by double doors, 165cm wide, that open away from you.

Level Change (Reception)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located lending from the main entrance to reception, to each side of the lift.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Lift (Reception)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the main building entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main building entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 93cm (3ft 1in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 96cm x 141cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 8in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the corridor leading from the main building and car park entrances to the rest of floor 3 and the main lift.
    • There are push pad automatic doors, 77cm wide which open away from you, at either end of this corridor.

Level Change (Courtyard Seminar Rooms)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading down into the central courtyard.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are several similar ramps leading down to the central courtyard, on floor 2, giving access to Seminar Rooms 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.

Inside Access (Lecture Theatres)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • A hearing loop is located in Lecture Theatre 1.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access and designated wheelchair spaces at the front of Lecture Theatre 1, on floor 3, shown in photograph 1.
    • There are 2 medium, well marked steps up to the teaching stage in Lecture Theatre 1.
    • Photograph 2 shows Lecture Theatre 2, also located on floor 3, which has level access and no fixed seating or benches.

Other Floors (Staircase IV)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There are many similar staircases around the building.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the rooms on floor 1 and the Stanley Rogers seminar room on floor 5 (via stair 11).

Other Floors (Stairs V)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • The stairs are located at the rear of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 50m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are several similar stairs throughout the building which cover levels 2, 3 and 4 only.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the rooms on floor 1.

Lift (West Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the west side of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the main building entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 99cm x 135cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 5in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Rutherford Study Hub

  • The study hub is located on level 2.
  • There is level access to the hub by lift.
  • The entrance is 75m from the main lift.
  • The double doors at the entrance are held open.
  • The room has seating areas and IT equipment.
  • Food and drink are permitted in this area.

Level Change (Floor 4 - North Wing)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading up to the upper level 4 in the North Wing.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • These steps can be overcome by using the car park entrance lift.
    • There are similar sets of steps on the far side of the North Wing, leading down to the Senior Common Room, the School of English and School of History staff offices, and the Student Support office.
    • The Student Support office will arrange appointments in accessible rooms if required.
    • The Student Support Office is open 09.30 - 12.30 and 14.30 - 16.00, Monday - Friday.

Accessible Toilet (Level 3)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • This is a Clos-o-Mat toilet.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main building entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right on level 3 using the accessible route after the main entrance or from the car park lift to level 3. The toilet is also 10 from the internal lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards (automatically).
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 220cm (7ft 10in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is not 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 both sides.
    • The lateral transfer space is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not 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, clinical waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are not available.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The door is operated by pushpad.
    • This room does not have adequate turning space because the angled door cuts off a corner of the room.
    • The accessible toilet contains a ceiling tracking hoist which covers the toilet and the space to the right.

Accessible Toilet (Upper Level 4)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the car park entrance lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located immediately to the right as you exit the lift lobby on level 4.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 185cm x 300cm (6ft 1in x 9ft 10in).
    • 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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, clinical waste 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.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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).
  • 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • Please note that there is not level access to this toilet from the main level 4 served by the central lift.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the second floor and the third floor.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on floor 2, to the left as you exit the main lift.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 60m (65yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on floor 2, to the left as you exit the main lift.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 45m (49yd 8in) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are further standard toilets located on floor 2, outside the bar and dining hall.
    • There are also toilets on the reception courtyard level.

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows Seminar Room 4, located on floor 4.
    • Photograph 2 shows the Quiet Study Room, located on floor 3, at the rear of the building.