Are there disabled parking spaces nearby?

1 blue badge parking space is available outside the department. Additional spaces are available across the road at the Bartolome house parking (S3 7ND). The University disabled parking bays are open to anyone to use (members of staff, visitors and general public) but we are unable to reserve them. If a visitor is a blue badge holder they will need to display this but will not need a visitors permit.

Is there a quiet room/prayer room available?

Prayer Rooms are located on Level 2 of The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union which is a 5 minute walk from the venue. Wudu facilities are available inside the room. There is a lounge area outside of the Ron Johnston room if people need to step out for a quiet space during the panels. Additionally the building is right next to the Weston Park, and a 3 minute walk away from the Weston Bank Library and 5 minute walk from the University’s student Union if these spaces are preferred.

Is there a hearing aid loop system?

Unfortunately the Ron Johnston Room does not have a hearing aid loop system

Will there be accessible and gender neutral toilets available?

There is a gender neutral and accessible toilet on C‐floor (the same floor as the event). Alternatively, there are accessible but gendered toilets on A floor as well.

Is there an elevator available in the building?

Yes, there is an elevator available. Use the side entrance of the Geography building to access the elevator – the event will be held on Level C which is through the Cafe area (where there is another shorter accessible lift to enter the room).

Are the doors heavy to open?

The door to the entrance of the venue is automated. The door to the Ron Johnston room is not heavy to push open, but will be kept open during breaks and for the first 5 minutes of the presentations.

Is there a handrail on any stairs?

Yes, there is a handrail on the stairs.

Are creche facilities available?

Unfortunately, this is not something we can provide at this point in time. Our events are open to people of all ages, so even if childcare cannot be arranged please bring them along for the event. However, please be aware that there may be some themes discussed that you may not consider child-friendly.

If a potential participant is anxious about coming, could somebody meet them in advance?

We would be happy to arrange this: please email us at in order to discuss this further.

Do the buildings have strobe lighting?


Can you provide a BSL interpreter?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide a BSL interpreter at this event

Are there regular breaks?

Breaks have been scheduled after each panel. The breaks are at least 10 minutes long with longer breaks for refreshments.

Do you have the capability to produce materials in Braille?

Unfortunately, we do not have the capability to produce promotional material in Braille.

Is ableist language challenged in this event?

All racist, sexist, classist, ableist and transphobic language will be challenged and can result in the person(s) using such oppressive language being asked to leave.

Is food provided? If so, what kinds of food, and how is it presented?

Light refreshments will be provided for this event, all of which will be clearly labelled – however, if you have any strict dietary requirements that you would like us to know, please do email us at

Any other questions?

We endeavour to make this event as accessible as possible. Please let us know if you have any more access questions or requirements.