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University of Essex

Access and disability needs

If you or your guests have any individual needs, for example, if special seating or wheelchair space is required, please complete Step 3 of the online booking system where you will be able to provide full details of what you need. Please note that we don't provide wheelchairs for Graduation.


Students and guests with mobility problems are usually seated at the front of the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (ICLH) in reserved seating where there is adequate leg room, and where there are no steps to climb. If a guest requires reserved seating, we would also reserve seats for all the guests in the group so that they can sit together, or sit in rows behind or in front of each other depending on whether wheelchair space is required. Stewards are available at Graduation specifically to show students and guests to where the reserved seating is.

Students can choose to progress out through the central aisle of the ICLH with the rest of the graduates or via another route. If you would like to take a look at the ICLH when it is set up for the ceremonies to see what is involved, then please contact the Graduation Office.


With regard to disabled parking, students and/or guests can park in the South campus car park in a reserved area which is closest to the ICLH. Again you will need to complete Step 3 of the online booking system in order to provide us with details, for example, car registration number and the name of the disabled person.

Gown hire

If you are a wheelchair user, the gowning company may be able to alter a gown so that it is easier for you to wear. Please contact the Graduate Gowning Company direct to discuss further.

Contact us

If you would prefer to speak to someone in person about a specific medical condition, then please contact us. Be assured that we will do all that we can to help your Graduation run smoothly.