Accessibility and the campus

At GCU teaching areas can be accessed by either lift or stair lift and entrances to all buildings have automatic doors, and ramps where applicable.

More detailed information regarding physical features of the campus and access to individual buildings on campus can be found in the individual accessibility guides.

Transport and Parking

GCU has a relatively flat campus and all buildings are in close proximity of each other. Most teaching areas are accessible by lift/stair lift and entrances to all buildings have automatic doors and ramps where applicable.

More detailed information regarding physical features of the campus and access to individual buildings can be found on the AccessAble.

If you require further information about access in and around campus, the Disability Team will be happy to assist you in identifying convenient routes between and within buildings.

As the campus is very centrally located, with good public transport links, students are generally discouraged from bringing their cars to GCU. However, individuals who have a ‘Blue Badge’ can apply for a parking permit and are exempt from charges. They are however required to provide proof of their Blue Badge to the Transport Office located on the ground floor of the George Moore Building room X016 to be issued a parking permit. This will allow them to park on University property and occupy a disabled users parking bay. 

The bays are located at various buildings around campus. At the Britannia and behind the Saltire Building being the largest. If you are intending to park via the North Hanover car park entrance you will require a fob key. Please note that parking bays are not allocated to specific permit holders and that they are not always available at places and times required throughout the day. For more information please contact the Disability Team. 

Accommodation and Toilets

Caledonian Court is our on-campus student accommodation, offering shared accommodation in self-contained flats for 6-8 persons. Applicants to Caledonian Court are invited to notify the Accommodation Office of any additional requirements they may have. Students with specific accommodation requirements, arising from the impact of disability, are given priority in the allocation of places in the student residences.

Disabled toilet facilities are available in all the main teaching and service buildings on campus. Some require a ‘radar key’ to gain access. You can obtain a radar key from reception in each of the main campus buildings or, if you are a student who will require the use of a key on a continuing basis, from the Disability Team.

Disabled toilets can be found on all floors (except where otherwise indicated) in the following buildings:

  • ARC Sports Centre,
  • Britannia Building
  • Charles Oakley Building (ground floor only)
  • George Moore Building (Ground, 1st, 4th and 7th floors only)
  • CPD Centre
  • Govan Mbeki Building
  • Hamish Wood Building (ground floor only)
  • Teaching Block (ground floor only)
  • 164 Milton Street (ground & 2nd floors only)
  • North Hanover Street
  • Saltire Centre
  • William Harley Building

Further information is available on the AccessAble webpages.

Access Able (Campus Accessibility Guide)

Access Able gives you the detailed information you need to work out if a place is going to be accessible to you. They provide Detailed Access Guides tell you all about a venue's access. They are 100% facts, figures and photographs.

At GCU teaching areas can be accessed by either lift or stair lift and entrances to all buildings have automatic doors, and ramps where applicable.

More detailed information regarding physical features of the campus and access to individual buildings on campus can be found in the individual accessibility guides.

Access to Laptops and PCs

GCU provides access to PCs for all students via a range of fully equipped computer labs and learning spaces spread across campus. A fully up to date list of IT Lab provision and individual Lab opening times is maintained on the Student Website.

Any student requiring immediate short-term (maximum 3 hour) use of a mobile device can borrow a laptop from The Library Desk.

Students who require access to a mobile device to use or to trial assistive software may be offered a loan laptop from a pool of equipment managed by the Disability Team. Our current loan pool includes a range of laptops, including some lightweight models, all of which have MindGenius and Texthelp Read & Write Gold software installed as standard. These laptops can be issued on short-term or long-term loans, depending on the requirements of the individual student, and subject to availability.

Quiet Study Spaces

GCU is committed to providing both formal and informal learning spaces which meet the needs of all of our students. Those students looking for a quiet space to study or relax alone might try any of the following spots on campus:

Level 4 of the Saltire Centre

This level of the library is restricted for silent studying, and is usually not as busy as the other floors in the library. A height adjustable table (with hand crank mechanism) is situated on the left hand wall, when entering from the stairwell.

Private Study Rooms                                  

Bookable private study rooms are available on the ground floor of the Saltire Centre. These are available to any student, and can be booked via the Library desk.

Campus Life Lounge 

Located on level 1 of the George Moore building, the Campus Life Lounge often provides a relatively quiet study & relaxation space for students. Please be aware that events, which can be noisy and busy, are occasionally hosted in this space.

The Zen Garden

This is located on the ground floor of the CEE Building next to Santander. This is a public space but is often calm and quiet and a great spot to relax in.

Enhanced Acoustics & Induction Loops

All of the main lecture theatres on campus are fitted with a fixed Induction Loop system, which can be used by any student with a hearing aid which is fitted with a ‘T’ switch.

GCU provides a Phonak radio system to offer enhanced acoustics and an alternative to a portable induction loop system for deaf or hard of hearing students. To use the Phonak radio system you will need a discrete receiver, which you wear around your neck, but which can be concealed beneath clothing. When you enter a room in which the Phonak system has been installed, your receiver will automatically re-tune to the radio frequency used in that room, allowing you to instantly receive an enhanced acoustic experience.

This system can be used by deaf or hearing impaired students (whether or not you currently use a hearing aid), and may also offer some benefit to students whose hearing is not impaired but who find they are easily distracted by background noise and other distractions in class.

You can check which classrooms currently have a Phonak radio system installed. If you would like to find out more, or would like to try it out for yourself, you can borrow a receiver from the Disability Team.


Learning Development Centre

Within each of the three Academic Schools at GCU you will find a Learning Development Centre, staffed by Academic Development Tutors who provide one to one and group study support. The range of activities and provisions made by each of the Centres varies slightly, as the support is tailored to reflect the nature and demands of the academic programmes within each School.

The Disability Team can support referral of students to the Learning Development Centres. Support from the Centre may be considered particularly important to their academic success due to the impact of disability or specific learning difficulty. In such cases, the student may be asked to provide their consent for the Disability Team to share information with the Learning Development Centre regarding the nature and impact of their difficulties.

Each Learning Development Centre has a Tutor who acts as Disability Liaison, receiving all initial formal referrals for their School from the Disability Team. Each Centre is staffed with Tutors who have a wealth of experience in providing academic development support to university students and in assisting a diverse range of learners, including students with dyslexia.