Since the College endorsed its Disability Equality Scheme and Action Plan for 2009-2012, the following progress has been made against the priorities identified for action:
All advertisements for staff posts have emphasised the College’s readiness to consider applications from disabled applicants while also making clear any specific physical requirements of the posts.
All posts and Fellowships advertised by the College have invited applicants to complete an Equality Monitoring form. Results will be reflected in the Equality Monitoring report.
New Fellows and staff are being encouraged informally to identify any special health or disability related needs or requirements to the Manciple or Domestic Bursar.
Twenty-three staff and two Fellows attended a Disability Awareness training session in October 2009.
The new website includes full details of arrangements to facilitate access for people with disabilities. See Visiting the College.
Fellows booking rooms for events or seminars are asked to identify any participants who may have difficulty with access in order that arrangements can be made to assist them. Some requests have been received and actioned.
A push button controlled sliding door* has recently been installed to facilitate wheelchair access. Some users find it confusing and it is consequently frequently out of order. Clearer instructions will be put in place.
An additional portable ramp has been ordered.
A wheelchair accessible doorbell* has been installed.
This has not yet been actioned.
The new website design is based on a sans serif typeface.
Contingency plans are in place but have not been activated this year. However, as part of a larger scheme currently under consideration to refurbish and enlarge Staircase X, it is proposed to install a ramp to facilitate wheelchair access to the building and a bathroom for use by a disabled Fellow so that a suitable study or residential set could be made available in College if required.
The induction loop system in the Wharton Room was tested and found to be operating effectively. An induction loop system has been installed in the Lodge, Chapel, and Hall, where microphones are now used in College meetings. It is now also planned to install an induction loop system in the Old Library as part of a project to upgrade its audio visual facilities.
*Listed building consent was required