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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

ICE is committed to providing equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality. We aim to support and encourage under-represented groups, promote an inclusive culture, and value diversity.

Provision for disabled students

We make every effort both to anticipate and to make reasonable adjustments to meet the requirements of disabled students including those with unseen disabilities and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

We can best support and advise you when we have been made aware, in advance, of the support needed in relation to your study. It is important, therefore, that any requirement for disability-related support is noted when registering for the course. If you indicate on their application form that you require additional support, you will be sent a Student Additional Requirements Form (SARF) to complete which is treated separately from your application. The SARF will ask you to provide further details about your requirements and support needs.

It is essential that you let us know about any additional requirements as soon as possible. If you inform us after the start of the course, support may take time to implement and we are normally unable to make retrospective allowances for disability-related issues. If your circumstances change during the course, please let the Disability Liaison Officer know as soon as you can (

Access for students with mobility impairments

Many of ICE's courses are taught at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house set in its own grounds about four miles west of Cambridge. As a very old house and Grade 1 Listed Building, it has some of the inconveniences of ancient buildings but adaptations have been made to make the Hall as welcoming as possible to students with mobility impairments.

Level access is provided to the building, dining room, bar and ground floor teaching rooms. There is an accessible toilet in the bar area.

The first floor and the Saloon are accessed by either the staircase, which has a continuous handrail, or a platform lift. For safety reasons there are restrictions to use the platform lift and users must be able to open corridor and room doors on the first floor independently or be accompanied at all times.

Due to the dependence on the lift for escape, not all upper areas are accessible to individuals who are unable to evacuate using the stairs. When it is known that students with reduced mobility are joining courses at Madingley Hall every effort is made to ensure ground floor teaching rooms are used. Should this not prove possible students will be told in advance. It may be possible to run the course again at a later date in an accessible room.

There are two bedrooms with wheelchair-accessible bathroom facilities which can be reached via a platform lift. If you need these facilities, it is important that we know when you apply for your course, in order that this accommodation may be reserved.

On arrival, students who are wheelchair users will be shown how to use the platform lift and the location of the accessible toilet. Fire procedures are displayed in the bedrooms and in teaching rooms.

Parking for students with mobility impairments

Spaces beside the front door of the Hall are reserved for students with mobility impairments where there is level wheelchair access into the entrance hall and Reception. If these are not available, you are advised to take the nearest space to the front door.

Transport for non-drivers

The Reception Office (+44 (0)1223 746222) will be pleased to provide details and timetables of buses and trains (nearest station Cambridge) and can give details of the recommended taxi company. The village of Madingley is not well-served by buses.

Access to the garden

Level access to the Rose Garden and round lawn on the South side of the Hall is possible by accessing this area from the walled car park. Access to the North Lawn is possible either from the path by the Wayper Room or across the front lawn and through the gate, however the exterior gravel paths and cobbles do not at present provide smooth easy surfaces to negotiate.

Courses that include excursions

Courses which include excursions may involve walking, climbing stairs, steps onto coaches, climbing over stiles or negotiating wet, rough, or unstable ground. If you have particular requirements, you are encouraged to discuss the field trips, gallery visits and other excursions before registering for the course. This will enable us to organise appropriate transport and adjust excursions to accommodate those participating. On the rare occasions where adjustments cannot be made to excursions, where possible, alternative means of accessing the course will be arranged.

Contact us about your additional requirements

The staff at ICE will do everything possible to help you enjoy your course and make your stay a pleasant one. In order to do this effectively, the Admissions team will need to know in advance as much as possible about the facilities you require and the support requirements that you have.

If you would like to visit the Hall to view its accessibility before applying for a course you would be very welcome to do so. Please let us know in advance by contacting Madingley Hall Reception on +44 (0)1223 746222 so that we can ensure there is someone available to show you round.

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Phone us: +44 (0)1223 746207

Write to us:

Disability Liaison Officer
University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
CB23 8AQ

Course type: 
Part-time Master's Degree
Short Course (2-7 days)
Undergraduate Certificate/Diploma
Disabled students
Student support

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