The University of Canterbury campus is mainly flat but there are nevertheless some problems with access around the campus. Improving access on campus is an ongoing process and we invite feedback from anyone regarding access difficulties so that we can look at continuing to improve access as the availability of resources allows.
The following are some of the facilities that are provided to improve access on campus:
Heavy fire doors present a major impediment to ease of access within many buildings on the campus. Door-openers have been installed in some buildings to improve access into, and within, buildings.
These will continue to be installed as and when funding is available. If you feel there is an urgent need for the installation of door-openers in specific areas of campus please contact the Disability Resource Service firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearing loops in lecture theatres
E1 in the Engineering block and Law 108 are equipped with a hearing loop system.
Fixed height-adjustable desks
Fixed, height-adjustable desks for students who use wheelchairs have been installed in the following lecture theatres:
- Central Lecture Theatre building: C1 - C3
- Arts (North) Lecture Theatre building: A1 - A3
- Arts (South) Lecture Theatre building: A4 - A6
For a demonstration of how to use these desks please contact the Disability Resource Service, email@example.com.
Central Library in Puaka-James Hight
Access to the Central Library in the Puaka-James Hight building for students who use wheelchairs or have other mobility needs is provided under the Puaka-James Hight main (front) steps, outside the entrance to the Undercroft. This entrance gives users access to a glass lift which will transport them to level 2, the main floor of the library.
Other libraries on campus
Other libraries on campus have either ground floor or lift access to their entrances.
Education Library, Dovedale Avenue
Access to the lift for the library is through automatic doors at ground level. This is in a corridor outside the library. Automatic access through this entrance is by the use of your Canterbury Card once the access has been approved by the Disability Resource Service. Toilets with wheelchair access are located on levels 1 and 2 of the library.
Wheelchair access is through automatic doors to Level 1 of Matariki building (former Registry) for general enquiries and enrolments.
Erskine Building Basement (aka the Crypt)
Wheelchair access to the basement of this building where lecture theatres, computer workrooms and the Blue and Green Rooms are located is via the lifts. The Blue and Green Rooms can be booked online by DRS students.
Safety and security
The Security Office operates on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be contacted for assistance at any time, day or night, on (03) 364 2987 ext. 6888 (ext. 6111 for emergencies) or 0800 823 637 off campus or by cellphone or via t. If you have any concerns about your safety when on campus, please contact Security. 13 Security Call Point Towers have been installed across Ilam and Dovedale campuses if you need help in an emergency.
The Security office is located on 114 Ilam Road, opposite Ilam Fields. If you have any concerns about your safety when on campus, please contact Security.
Each building has a Building Warden. There should be a notice at the main entrance to every building identifying the Building Warden. If you have a mobility difficulty and are a regular user of a particular building, you should inform the Building Warden of the regular times that you expect to be in that building and discuss with them the particular safety procedures for that building. In the event of an emergency evacuation, the Building Warden then knows that you may be in the building. In particular if you are in the Central Library or one of the branch libraries and will be studying there for some length of time, you may wish to inform the staff at the Information Desk.
If you need help to evacuate a building in an emergency, please respond yes to this question on your application to enrol, or update this information through myUC or by advising the Disability Resource Service.