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Wolfson Court

Clarkson Road



Tel: 01223 338 892

Fax: 01223 311 566

Ms Maureen Hackett


Tel: 01223 338 891

Fax: 01223 311 566


General Information

Accommodates 88 postgraduates and 48 second year undergraduates from Girton College. Five Fellows are resident. See also main entry for Girton College. Access is generally very good as main areas are all at ground level. Proximity card security system in some areas.


No smoking anywhere except external designated smoking areas.

Medical facilities

Two College nurses based in main Girton site, called if necessary via Porters' Lodge.

Emergency procedures

Advise Porters' Lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. No evacuation chairs needed as there are no lifts.
Fire exits all level.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

One flat specifically designed for wheelchair users, with adapted bathroom and kitchen. Ground floor, near graduate accommodation.

Other rooms

One ground floor studio flat with kitchen and bathroom, near Porters’ Lodge.

Six en suite rooms, two of which are at ground level.
Access to most other ground floor rooms difficult due to narrow corridors.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Live-in assistant possible in accessible flat or adjacent room. Live-in assistance dogs are no problem, but no other pets are allowed.

Early induction and vacation stays

Early induction encouraged. Staying over vacations, including Christmas is also possible.

Catering arrangements

Cafeteria offers three meals daily on weekdays during term, plus lunch on Saturday and lunch and dinner on Sunday. Cafeteria open throughout the day Mon- Fri for snacks and drinks. Catering provision out of term may vary. Self-catering would be possible.

Special diets

Most special diets can be catered for, including kosher with advance notice. Products containing nuts are marked. Speak to the catering manager/head chef about your needs.

Location, Services and Transport

A 15 minute walk to the city centre. Ten minutes to the Sidgwick Site and University Library along Grange Road. 20 minutes to Downing Site and New Museums Site. Very close to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences and Isaac Newton Institute.


Clarkson Road is a fairly quiet residential street. Speed restrictions are in place along Grange Road. Pavements outside are rather uneven, with few dropped kerbs.

Services and shops

City centre. The cafeteria in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences is open during the day.


Car park on site, with clearly marked disabled bay next to the ramped entrance. Swipe card at barrier, but an intercom could be installed if needed. Disabled students can obtain a permit

Other transport options

Uni 4 bus stops on Grange road. Other bus stops on Madingley Road.


Physical Access

College grounds in general

Side entrance to foyer ramped, with handrail, through wide manual door. Intercom for assistance, and Porters on duty 24 hours. Most areas accessible and under cover.

College buildings in general

Most public areas are on ground floor of main building and accessible. Reading room separate, but can be reached under cover. There are several heavy fire doors, and some corridors are narrow. All stairs have continuous handrails.


Level access through wide door. Moveable round tables and chairs. High bar counter. Large disabled toilet adjacent.


Level, very spacious and all accessible, with fairly low tray rails. Staff will help as necessary. University card payment.


No Chapel.

College offices

All offices, including Tutorial Office, Warden, and Disability Liaison Officer, are on ground floor and accessible.

Common rooms

MCR at ground level, spacious, and moveable chairs with armrests. 'Airport Lounge' seating area at ground level and open plan, with sofas and low tables.

Computer facilities

Several PCs, one Mac, and power points for laptops above library, accessible only by stairs with handrail. All rooms are networked, and help can be given towards buying a computer if necessary. Wi-fi available in all public areas and in all main building bedrooms.

Dining hall

Next to cafeteria servery. Divided into two sections. One section has fixed American-diner style tables and seating, with moveable chairs at one end. Other section is more spacious, with standard moveable chairs and tables.

Fellows' areas

No designated common areas for Fellows and no high table.


All areas accessible via ramps, and paving is fairly smooth and level.


Ground level and accessible. Token operated. Bedders can help if necessary, and a washing machine is installed in the accessible flat.


Main Library on main Girton site. Arrangements can be made for transfer of books if necessary. Wolfson Court has reading rooms of reference-only books. Proximity card access through level doors, with plenty of workspace and most shelves accessible round edge of room. Chairs have armrests.

Porters' Lodge and post room

Level access from main College, or ramped from outside with intercom for assistance. Pigeon-holes for undergraduates and guests are in the lodge, for graduates in the MCR room, and an appropriate pigeon-hole can be reserved if necessary.

Sport facilities

No gym or sports fields on site — see main entry for Girton College.


Large disabled toilet, with baby change, near bar.


  • Sheila Gillies meeting room, Seminar Room and Music Room all at ground level and accessible, with moveable furniture.
  • Privately run nursery on site, with priority places for members of Girton.


Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in Fletcher Moulton room,(reading room) Sheila Gillies Room, Portable loop available from Porters' Lodge for other teaching rooms.


Rooms are adapted on request for hearing impaired students with visual and sensory alarms.


  • The site is set back from the main Madingley Road and is generally quiet.
  • Cafeteria is harshly furnished and can be noisy at busy times.
  • Many areas carpeted and quiet, especially library.


Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Special hardware or software for visually impaired users could be acquired if necessary.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print letters and information, and on coloured paper, on request.

Library and magnification equipment

Magnification equipment such as magnifying glasses could be acquired if necessary. Extra lights can be provided. Photocopier available for text enlargement

Signs and wayfinding

Little directional signposting around the site, but most main rooms have clear white-on-black signs in place.


  • Little overhead lighting in rooms. Extra lights can be provided if necessary.
  • Lighting around site at night fairly dim.
  • Stairs are all marked, and have continuous handrails.


Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues
  • Extra tuition can be arranged for students with Specific Learning Difficulties, and financial support can be given for assessments and equipment.
  • All arrangements are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with your tutor.


Planned Access Improvements
  • Automatic door openers (front and back doors)