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Venue and travel

We will be hosting our graduation ceremony at the impressive Grade 2 listed Kings Hall in the centre of Stoke with ceremony reception activities, including photography, taking place in our newly opened flagship building The Catalyst on our Stoke-on-Trent campus.

We will first welcome our graduating students and their families to our Leek Road campus, where registration, refreshments and gowning will take place. There will be a park and ride coach service operating between the campus and Kings Hall for the ceremony. The same service will take you back to The Catalyst afterwards for your reception and celebrations.

Please note that parking on our Leek Road site is limited and we cannot guarantee that it will be available on-site on the day of your graduation ceremony. Please consider using other forms of transport when travelling to Stoke-on-Trent, including rail links, as Stoke-on-Trent railway station is just a five minute walk from the Leek Road site. We also have great bus links.

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Accommodation

For students and their families attending our summer graduation we have traditional student halls accommodation available on site at our Stoke-on-Trent campus in our Leek Road student halls.

Students can email us directly at reslife@staffs.ac.uk if they, and any guests, would like to take up this option.

The accommodation is charged at £23 per night per person and is a self-catered option with bedding provided. The available rooms will be based in our shared facilities Leek Road student halls. Please get in touch to book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

For those students and the guests looking to stay off-campus, we hope to soon be able to share discounted rates with some of the local hotels in the area. Information will be published to this website as soon as it is available.

Additional requirements

Both graduates and guests with special requirements are provided for, but we do ask that you notify us of your requirements in advance so we can ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Details of any special requirements, for either graduates or guests, should be given during the booking process.  If you wish to discuss your requirements in more detail please get in touch with the team at graduation@staffs.ac.uk.

Wheelchair users

Please notify us during the booking process if either yourself, or any of your guests, will be in a wheelchair. 

Wheelchair seating is in a designated position alongside the aisle, so your other guests will be seated alongside your wheelchair guest.  These seats are pre-allocated and reserved for guests for each ceremony.

Hearing aid users

The Kings Hall and The Catalyst venues are equipped with a hearing aid loop.  If you require use of this, please let us know when booking your tickets.

Family friendly space

We will be offering a family friendly space for those who have tickets to attend the graduation ceremony. The space can be used for short periods of time with those who have young children who may become a little unsettled during the awards ceremonies.

This area will provide fresh water and child resources. Children must be supervised by their parent/ carer at all times in this area. No alcohol is allowed to be consumed in this area.

A private breast feeding area can be found in the family friendly space.

There are baby changing facilities in the toilets within the Kings Hall (so entering the Kings Hall from the main Kingsway Entrance these are the toilets in the left corridor.

 

Childcare during the award ceremonies

If you need to arrange childcare for your young child so that you can attend the award ceremonies, there may be limited availability at our Stoke campus University Nursery.  Places must be booked in advance, please contact nursery@staffs.ac.uk or call 01782 294981 to enquire.

Our nursery is available for students and staff and those living and working in the area throughout the year.  If you're interested in your child attending our new Nursery and Forest School you can register your interest online.

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