Access Guide For ROLES: 7th Annual Conference

General Information
The Conference takes Place on Thursday 18th May 2017 in the Gisbert Kapp Building on the University of Birmingham Campus.

Gisbert Kapp is 10 -15 minutes’ walk from the University train station, and close to the 98 and 99 route bus stops. It is situated on Pritchatts Road, past North Gate and on the opposite side of the road to the Alan Watts Building/Muirhead Tower.

There is parking outside the venue and a multi-storey car park besides the building.

Registration for the conference will open at 9am, with the welcome talk starting at 9:30. There will be a break between 11:30 and 12:00, and lunch will be served between 13:00 and 14:00. There will be another break between 15:30 and 16:00. The conference will end around 17:30, and there will be a wine reception afterwards. The conference is an open event and attendees are welcome to come and go as they please.

Disability Access
Gisbert Kapp is wheelchair accessible from the main entrance. The rooms for the conference are divided between the second and third floors; the lifts are accessible to wheelchair users and there is an accessible toilet on the ground floor near the café.

All rooms used for the conference are wheelchair accessible and have double doors. However, there are only limited wheelchair spaces available in the main lecture room, so please inform us through the registration form if you require a designated space.

We have booked a separate quiet space for attendees if they are struggling with the conference and need time to re-energise during the day. This will be located in room 328.

We are in the process of investigating the use of hearing loops within the venue and will update the guide with the information we receive.

For more information on the accessibility of the venue please consult this guide and for any further queries please email us at

Evacuation Procedures
In the case of an emergency the alarms will ring and attendees are to make their ways to the stairs and follow the signed root.

For those with mobility impairments there is a evacuation point positioned next to the elevators which has a separate alarm which will need to be pressed. This will alert the emergency services to your presence so they can help you evacuate the building safely.

Childcare facilities
Unfortunately we are unable to provide any daycare for children during the conference. Although Gisbert Kapp does not have any baby changing facilities, the Arts Building has baby changing facilities on the ground floor. The Arts Building is located about 5-10 minutes’ walk from the venue. We hope this will be sufficient.

Prayer rooms
There are designated prayer rooms on campus located in both the Guild of Students and the Chaplaincy. The chaplaincy also comes equipped with various denominations of chaplains if they are needed. This is located a 10-15 minute walk from the venue.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms
Gisbert Kapp has recently acquired gender neutral bathrooms. They will be open to all attendees during the event, and are located at the end of the corridor on the 3rd floor.


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