Disability Lecture 2015

Hilary Lister
Event date
Event time
18:00 - 19:15
Corpus Christi College
Merton Street
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

Hilary Lister is giving the first University of Oxford Disability Lecture. Hilary was an undergraduate at Jesus College who has since gained fame as a quadriplegic sailor. She was the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain. She will be introduced by the Vice Chancellor.

The lecture is taking place in Corpus College’s lovely accessible auditorium, the MBI Al Jaber Building

6.00-6.10 Introduction by Andrew Hamilton, Vice Chancellor

6.10-7.00 Hilary Lister speech

7.00-7.15 Questions

7.15-8.30 Refreshments and networking

After the event there will be an opportunity for networking over drinks. If the weather is good we will be serving refreshments in the building foyer, which guests may then take into the sheltered quad outside, or up onto the stunning roof terrace (accessible via stairs or chair lift). If it is wet we’ll be in the Rainolds Room across the quad.


  • Wheelchair access: There is a level route through the college grounds for wheelchair users, including a short stretch of sandy gravel path. The auditorium has a level entrance and level entrance to the auditorium. Please let us know it you are a wheelchair user so that we can leave a space for you, and tell us if you would prefer to transfer to a fixed seat.
  • If you can’t walk far … If you’ve got a mobility impairment, but can manage stairs, we could arrange for the Porters to let you in through the gate from the adjacent college car park. The stairs take you down to the Raimonds Room, just opposite the auditorium. That would avoid the walk through college grounds.
  • Parking Unfortunately there is very limited parking at Corpus, although there are some blue badge spaces nearby in Oriel Square. Please let us know if you need a parking space for disability reasons. The venue is in the city centre, with good bus routes.
  • Difficulty in finding the route through the college? The Porters will put out directional signs, and we’ll have people available to guide you from the Lodge.
  • The auditorium has a fixed hearing loop, and we’ll be using microphones for the speaker and for questions. Seating There will be a mixture of raked and level seating. Please let us know if you want us to reserve a seat for you at the end of a row, or near the exit.
  • There is an accessible toilet off the foyer.

We’ll be offering wine, elderflower presse, apple juice or water after the event. You are welcome to bring your own bottled water into the auditorium.

We are hoping to make an audio or video recording of the lecture for people who are unable to attend, and may also be taking photographs. If you would prefer not to appear in any filming, please let the filming team know. We won’t be filming the questions.