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Summary

Science and Engineering Day will be taking place on Saturday 7th May, from 10:30 to 16:30, at Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

We aim to make Science and Engineering Day an enjoyable experience accessible to everyone.


Who is who

Our Festival team (red t-shirt) and Student Ambassadors (purple / blue t-shirt) will try their best to assist you during your visit.

Science and Engineering Day exhibitors will wear white t-shirts.

This year, around Highfield Campus you will also find students and staff from the University wearing bright pink t-shirts. They are the team in charge of the Offer Holder Visit Day, which is running in parallel with Science and Engineering Day on Saturday 7th May. If you need any help, they might be able to provide you with the information you need directly or will point you to the right direction for the support you require.

All Student Ambassadors, the Festival team and exhibitors, and the Offer Holder Visit Day team will be wearing badges.

The Security team at the University of Southampton will be patrolling the event. They will wear a black uniform with yellow high-vis jackets on top.

All Science and Engineering Day signage will have a light blue background, while the Offer Holder signage will have a bright pink one.


Upon arrival

There will be five Welcome Desks located in different areas of both campuses.

Please make sure to check-in to collect your event map and talk to the Welcome Desk team if you have any queries upon arrival.

Additional Ticket Desks will be located in buildings of timed events that require booking through Eventbrite.

We will have a series of stickers available at each Welcome Desk and Ticket Desk to support people with different needs in engaging with our exhibitors, the Festival team and Students Ambassadors.


Check-in

To reduce waste to a minimum, we kindly ask everyone to avoid printing their tickets.

Once at the Welcome Desk, please show on your mobile phone the QR code on the email confirmation you received from Eventbrite or just provide the name and surname of the contact you used for booking. You can also download the Eventbrite app onto your iPhone or Android device to show the QR code at the desk.


Event maps

The official Science and Engineering Day 2022 map is now available on the event main page HERE.

Printed flyers with the official map, including a list of activities and locations, will be available as A5 6-pages leaflets at the Welcome Desk. If you wish to print a copy of the map in A3 for easier readability, please contact us to festival@soton.ac.uk or use our dedicated contact form.

To help you plan your visit and to provide some more information on what to expect on the day, we have developed two new interactive maps in ThingLink: a sensory map (left, in colour) and a map for visually impaired / blind and hard of hearing / deaf visitors with dedicated information and a few events and activity recommendations (right, in grayscale).




Parking

Car parks near to some of the Festival venues include a number of dedicated bays for Blue Badge holders. The closest ones are located near the following buildings:

  • Highfield Campus
    • In front of Building 44 – access only through Chamberlain Road
    • Behind Building 46 – access only through Chamberlain Road
    • Next to Building 59 (Gower Car Park) – access only through Salisbury Road
    • Next to Building 32 – access only through University Road
  • Boldrewood Innovation Campus
    • On the way to the multi-storey car park, in front of Building 176 – access only from Burgess Road

Please refer to the official Science and Engineering Day map for more information.


Quiet Rooms

A few quiet Rooms (for some peace and privacy) will be located in both campuses. These rooms will have a sensory tent with padded flooring and soft dimmable light.

Quiet rooms are available as follows

  • Highfield Campus
    • Building 85, Room 2103 (along corridor)
    • Building 40, Meeting Room 6
    • Building 44, Level 2, Room 2085
  • Boldrewood Innovation Campus
    • Building 176, Level 1, Room 1105

      Sensory overload

We know that Science and Engineering Day can be quite intense and overwhelming at times for some.

A few areas of the Festival might become crowded and the programme includes some activities with loud noises, flashing lights, some funny smells and darkened spaces. You can check each individual activities for accessibility information on our website: this will help to inform your choice of activities to visit.

A few ear defenders will be available to borrow on a first-come-first-served basis at the entrance of the lecture theatre for the following shows (ear defenders will need to be returned once leaving the room):

  • Science Magic... Magic Science, in Building 32
  • The Light Express Laser Show, in Building 54

Explore our Sensory map in ThingLink to find out a bit more about what to expect on the day - see the Event map section above.

Our friendly exhibitors, students and Festival team will wear a name badge on top of their branded t-shirts.

This year, for the first time, we are introducing a set of three stickers with a traffic light system. This will help Festival members be more considerate and will aid better understanding e.g. how visitors in the autistic spectrum feel during the day. The colour of each sticker represents the following:

  • RED = I can’t interact with others and I need some quiet time.
  • YELLOW = I am anxious so don’t interact with me unless I initiate it.
  • GREEN = I am feeling okay.

The stickers are free to take and will be available for pick-up at all Welcome Desks.

Also remember please that Quiet Rooms with sensory tent (as detailed above) are available on the day. Just ask a member of the Festival team (red t-shirt) or a Student Ambassador (purple / blue t-shirt) for directions to the nearest one if needed.


Baby Changing Rooms

Baby changing facilities are available as follows:

  • Highfield Campus
    • Temporary toilets outside Building 38 – in accessible toilet
    • Building 6, foyer - in accessible toilet
    • Building 42 (SUSU), foyer - in accessible toilet
    • Building 44, Level 2, foyer - in accessible toilet
    • Building 46, foyer – please ask the Building 44 Zone Leader (red t-shirt) or a member of the Offer Holder Visit Day (pink t-shirt) in Building 46 for access
  • Boldrewood Innovation Campus
    • Building 176, Level 1, Shower Room (padded area with soft mat on the floor)

Breastfeeding

Science and Engineering Day is breastfeeding-friendly, please feel free to breastfeed wherever is comfortable and convenient for you and your baby.

Quiet Rooms (detailed above) will be available with chairs or sofas.

For people who prefer quiet and privacy when breastfeeding, a room fitted with blinds or frosted windows and a lockable door are available in the following buildings:

  • Highfield Campus
    • Building 46, New and Expectant Parents Room, foyer – please ask the Building 44 Zone Leader (red t-shirt) or a member of the Offer Holder Visit Day (pink t-shirt) in Building 46 for access
    • Building 42, Meeting Room 4, floor 2 – please ask the SUSU Reception in foyer for access
    • Building 6, New and Expectant Parents Room – please ask a member of the Festival Team (red t-shirt) in B38 or B38P for access
  • Boldrewood Innovation Campus
    • Building 176, Level 1, Room 1103

BSL Interpreter

A British Sign Language interpreter from Deaf Action will be available at one repeat of the following shows:

A British Sign Language interpreter will be available also at Winchester Science Centre presents The Secret World of Gases, in Building 42.


Hearing Loop

All Lecture Theatres (LT) where shows and talks are taking place are fitted with induction loop for hearing aid users.

The front 1-2 rows at each show will have priority seats for hard of hearing, deaf, visually impaired and blind visitors.


Assistance Dogs

Fully trained assistance dogs are welcomed at Science and Engineering Day.

Water bowls will be made available for them at each Welcome Desk.

Where possible, we kindly ask you to have your dog wearing a harness or jacket to identify it as an assistance dog.


Special routes, toilets and building evacuation for wheelchair users

Toilets for disabled persons are available in all buildings except for Building 15 and Building 9.

A Mobiloo toilet, with attended adult-sized changing bench, hoist, toilet and wash basin, will be at the event. The Mobiloo vehicle will be located in the grassed area in front of Building 40, on the side of Building 38P.

Please be aware that Highfield Campus and Bolderwood Innovation Campus have a series or ramps in between some of the buildings where the Festival is taking place.

For more information on wheelchair routes (unaided or with assistance), ramps and toilets for disabled persons (with wheelchair access), please refer to the University of Southampton map available HERE.

Activities in Building 32 and Building 54 will take place on levels that will require evacuation through a service lift in case of emergency. In case the alarm is set off, please ask a Student Ambassador (purple / blue t-shirt) on site to show you the way to the dedicated Fire Evacuation Lift on the floor where you are located and wait until a member of the Festival team will assist you to enter the lift to leave the building.



For more information on accessibility, please refer to the University of Southampton's Accessible website.

If you require further assistance on the day, please get in touch asap by emailing us at festival@soton.ac.uk