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Moving around the building

Much consideration has been given to Campus Accessibility including the way people can freely move through each floor.

When moving through campus horizontally all routes are step free, with minimal ramps. Corridor and route access doors are on hold-open devices, often operated by your student or staff ID card located on nearby wall panels.

When moving around the building vertically each floor on campus is fully serviced by lifts, including emergency evacuation lifts at key locations:

  • BA (Birley Building): 2 stair cores in BA with 3 lifts
  • BB: 1 stair core with lifts in BB leading from Level 2 up through the Fine Art studios
  • BC: 8 stair cores in BC with 14 lifts throughout which include 5 emergency evacuation lifts in BC
  • BD: 2 stair cores in BD with 4 lifts, 2 of which are emergency evacuation lifts

Induction Loops

Induction loops and infrared listening systems are installed throughout the Belfast campus.

The induction loops create an electromagnetic field, which the receiver in a hearing aid picks up. It then converts the electromagnetic field to audible sound, delivered right to the ear of the person wearing the hearing aid. This helps to cut out background noise and hear communications as though they were being spoken up-close.

Height Adjustable Desks

Height adjustable desks are located throughout the campus in office spaces and teaching rooms.

Height adjustable desks should always remain connected to the power supply. Removing from power may disable desk functionality.

Raising and Lowering the Height Adjustable Desk

  • Press and hold the ‘Up’ or ‘Down’ arrows and release the button once the desk reaches the desired height.

- The desk will stop automatically at the maximum and minimum heights.  Continuing to press the ‘Up’ or ‘Down’ arrows will have no effect.

Resetting the Height Adjustable Desk

  • In the event of power loss to the desk, once the power is restored the desk does not require a reset. If a reset to the desk is necessary:
  • Lower the desk to minimum height by pressing the ‘Down’ arrow
  • Press the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ buttons at the same time and hold until you hear the beep

The legs on the desk will then reset to the lowest point possible (mechanical stop) within a couple of seconds from the beep.

Once the mechanical stop has occurred, the desk can be used normally


Toilets and accessible facilities are located throughout the Belfast campus, usually located in key areas beside main navigation points such as main entrances to each campus building and beside most stair and lift cores.

All accessible toilets have an emergency alarm pull-cord that relays back to reception.

Changing Places Toilets

The Changing Places Toilets available on the Belfast campus include a minimum of 12 square meters of space, a changing bench and hoist, height adjustable wash basins and centrally placed peninsular toilets with room at each side to support wheelchair users.

Changing Places Toilets can be found at the following locations:

  • The Birley Building (BA): BA-00-A3-005 (Ground Floor)
  • BC: BC-03-108
  • BD: BD-02-011

Supporting your Accessibility

Ulster University is committed to providing accessibility advice and support to students and staff.

Below are some helpful links.

For Students

Student Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing team provides support and guidance for all current and prospective students with a diagnosed disability or long-term medical condition who choose to study at Ulster University.

Student Wellbeing also provide Evacuation Guidance and Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans

For Staff