Information for students with disabilities

Oxford University is committed to making arrangements to enable students with disabilities to participate as fully as possible in student life. The University Disability Office acts as a central resource of information and provides advice on matters affecting students with disabilities and works to facilitate their studies.

The Faculty of Philosophy aims to treat all students equally. Individual student needs are taken into account as far as is possible, providing necessary adaptations and assistance within the resources available. We hope to anticipate the likely needs of students, but welcome requests and suggestions from individuals and wherever possible will endeavour to respond in a flexible and constructive manner. The Faculty’s Disability Officer is Dr. Hilla Wait (tel. 01865-615349).

The Faculty of Philosophy is based at the Philosophy Centre, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road. 

We aim to make central faculty information available in a variety of formats. For example, student handbooks, reading lists, past examination papers, examiners’ reports are all mounted on the Faculty web-page. Faculty staff are happy to arrange to provide these in alternative formats (for example, Large Print; Coloured paper; Braille; Computer disk; Recording).

We encourage all our teaching staff to make reading lists and essay questions available in advance in paper and flexible electronic formats. Faculty administrative staff will arrange for the conversion of material to alternative formats on request.

All elements of a philosophy degree should be accessible to all our students. Students with a wide range of disabilities have successfully completed undergraduate and graduate courses of study in philosophy.

Logic presents certain difficulties for those with print-disabilities. Introduction to Logic is optional for the majority of philosophy courses, but for those who wish to take it, set material has been recorded, and examination papers can also be embrailled. Similarly, adjustments are possible for those taking the joint schools of Mathematics and philosophy and Physics and Philosophy. For further information and advice, please contact the Faculty Disability Officer(; tel. 01865-615349) or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra).

The majority of philosophy lectures or classes are held at the Philosophy Centre or the Examination Schools.

For access information about the Philosophy Centre, see:
There are hearing loops installed in the Lecture Room and Ryle Room. Lectures there are not normally amplified, but this could be arranged on request. Please contact the Administrator (; tel. 01865-276925).

For access information about the Examination Schools, see: 
Hearing loops are available in the Examination Schools. Lectures may be amplified in the following rooms at the Examination Schools (North, South, East, West Schools). For further information: contact: Mr. K. Thomas (; tel.01865-276905).

Some lectures are held in colleges. For information on access to any lectures held in colleges, please contact the Administrator if you need additional information (; tel. 01865-276925). If there are access difficulties for any lecture series which you wish to attend, please inform the Administrator to discuss adjustments or surrogates.

The Philosophy Faculty offers a wide range of lectures, and there is flexibility about which lectures you attend in which term. Hence, even if you have a declared disability, the lecturer may not be aware that you have chosen to attend a particular lecture series. All our lecturers are informed of the University’s Guidelines on Giving Accessible Lectures, but it may be helpful for a lecturer to be reminded, for example, that a student who lip-reads intends to attend the lecture series. If you do not wish to discuss your needs with the individual lecturer, you may like to flag them to the Disability Officer (Dr Hilla Wait,; tel. 01865-615349), or the Undergraduate Studies Officer (Mr James Knight, ) or the Graduate Studies Officer (Ms Iris Geens,, who will try to ensure that the lecture is presented in a way that meets your needs.

Where handouts are available for individual lecture series, we can arrange for them to be available in advance or produced in alternative formats. It is also possible for lectures to be recorded, or the Disability Office can advise on arrangements for note-takers. In order to record lectures, you should fill in the University’s Pro Forma for Recording of Lectures (PDF format), and send this to the Disability Officer (Dr Hilla Wait, You should then forward details of any lecture series you intend to record to the Undergraduate Studies Officer (Mr James Knight, ) or the Graduate Studies Officer (Ms Iris Geens,, who will alert the relevant lecturers.  

In the collegiate University, tutorials are the responsibility of your college, who will endeavour to support your needs. If tutorials are arranged for you at another college, your college will try to ensure that necessary adjustments are made there. However, if you have any concerns relating to tutorial support, you may also contact the Faculty Disability Officer (; tel. 01865-615349 ), the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra), or the Director of Graduate Studies (Cecilia Trifogli), or the staff of the University Disabilities Office (; tel. 01865 (2)80459). The Disability Office web-page is the best place to find out more about support for specific conditions and funding.

Special provision in examinations (such as the use of a computer for students with mobility disabilities, a reader for blind students, or extra time for students with dyslexia) may be made by arrangement between your college and the University Proctors.

The Bodleian Libraries is committed to a high level of service to all its users. Provision is made for disabled users on an anticipatory basis. However, we welcome requests and suggestions from individuals and wherever possible will endeavour to respond in a flexible and constructive manner. 

In philosophy, one strand of our provision for disabled users is the development of a virtual library for Philosophy texts and other electronic resources which are available throughout the University network. 
For further information, see the Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library website:
and the Bodleian Libraries website:
The university’s access guide also covers libraries. (
Ms Teresa Pedroso is the Bodleian Libraries Disabilities Librarian (

Hilla Wait (Disability Officer, Faculty of Philosophy)
Rachael Sanders (Administrator, Faculty of Philosophy)

September 2015