About the Thames Suite

The information below will help you decide which rooms and facilities would best suit your event or learning activity. To enquire about booking a room, please use our booking enquiry form.

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All computers in the Thames Suite have internet access. Windows 10 and Office applications are available as standard in Evenlode, Isis, Kennet, Ock, Ray and Windrush, with OS X in the Apple teaching room (Cherwell). The Wye room is our recording studio.

The following table details the features of each room.

  Cherwell Evenlode Isis Windrush Kennet Ock Ray Wye
Student computers 10 24 32 14 8 8 8 -
Presentation capacity 15 30 60 14 8 8 8 -
Wireless access
Student headphones Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask -
Power for student/laptops Ask
Multi-touch interactive screen 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 -
Digital whiteboard -
Presenter’s PC linked to digital screens -
Audio -
Standard whiteboard Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Flip charts £ £ £ £ £ £ £ -
Printing £ £ £ £ £ £ £ -
Visualiser Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask -
Classroom management system - - - -
Lecture Capture - - -
Video conferencing Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask -
RapidMOOC - Ask Ask Ask - - -


  • Ask = on request
  • ✔ = available as standard
  • £ = extra charge
  • - = not available

The RapidMOOC enables you to create quick, 'green screen' videos (think TV weather forecasts) which you can then put online, perhaps into Canvas. 

The IT Learning Centre at IT Services runs over two hundred different courses covering both introductory and specialised use of computers and common systems and packages.

Courses are normally delivered in the Thames Suite which has four fully equipped teaching rooms with high specification computers and full audio-visual provision. Three of the rooms are PC based and one room has a suite of Apple iMac computers.

  • Cherwell (Mac room) has all desks height adjustable, interactive whiteboard. An induction loop can be set up.
  • Isis room has specialist desks, two height adjustable desks, interactive whiteboard, along with an induction loop system.
  • Evenlode has a height adjustable desk, interactive whiteboard, along with an induction loop system.
  • Windrush has specialist desks, a height adjustable desk, interactive whiteboard. An induction loop can be set up.

In addition there are three fully equipped training rooms, which are shared with the IT Services Projects Training Team and other training functions around the University.

  • Kennet has eight desks which can be arranged in a number of configurations to support different teaching and training styles.
  • Ock has eight desks in a standard training arrangement
  • Ray has eight desks in a standard training arrangement

As well as providing a comfortable environment, facilities in the Thames Suite have been designed for easy access. The Thames Suite is on the ground floor and the building has ramped access and toilets are accessible to wheelchair users. Parking can be arranged for delegates with disabilities.

If you require any of these services, please let us know at the time that you book a room.

Other University Services

User self-assessment

All staff who use a computer in their daily work are encouraged to complete a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) User self-assessment. If staff experience any pain or discomfort in using a standard keyboard and mouse, they may find it helpful to try out alternatives. Guidance is available from the DSE assessor within their department or the Occupational Health Service.

Disabled staff are entitled to reasonable adjustments in the workplace, including the provision of assistive technology and software. Please contact the Occupational Health Service or Staff Disability Adviser.

Disability Advisory Service

The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) is part of Student Welfare and Support Services. They provide information, advice and guidance on the way in which a particular disability may potentially impact on a student’s experience at the University and can assist with organising disability-related study support.

This service now includes an Assessment Centre which assesses disabled student's study needs, including the provision of assistive software and technology.

Accessible Resources Acquisition and Creation Unit (ARACU)

The Accessible Resources Acquisition and Creation Unit service provides audio recordings of books and other material. There is also equipment at the New Bodleian Library to enable independent access to resources. These resources are available for any student with a disability including dyslexia.

Useful contacts

Occupational Health Service

Web Site: http://occupationalhealth.admin.ox.ac.uk
Phone: 01865 (2)82676

Staff Disability Adviser

Web Site: http://edu.admin.ox.ac.uk
Phone: 01865 (2)80687

Information on the Web

There are a wide range of web sources dealing with disability issues. For example AbilityNet provides training about IT and disability and a range of downloadable factsheets.


We offer a comprehensive event management service to make your course or event run as smoothly as possible. We take care of all your room layout, equipment, catering and delegate reception requirements to ensure the success of your IT courses, seminars, presentations, conferences or other events.

Although we have primarily been a venue for academic events, we have hosted events for a wide range of organisations.

As well as distributing maps and directions to your delegates in advance, we can provide a delegate registration and badge service on the day, and arrange a buffet lunch and refreshments according to your preferences.

We also offer a delegate evaluation and feedback service enabling you to measure the success of your event.

Our Welcome Area has vending machines for drinks and snacks.

We can usually also provide refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch, provided by our University caterers. This option may be limited during first half of 2020, due to renovation works planned for the building - please contact us for details.

All dietary requirements can be met provided we are notified in advance. 

Sample buffet menus

DF = dairy free        GF = Gluten free      Vv = Vegetarian/vegan

Sandwich Lunch

Freshly prepared sandwiches (with a variety of fillings) 

Accompanied by the following items:

  • A selection of pork pies (DF) & scotch eggs* served with home-made chutney OR crudités* (Vv)
  • Fresh cut fruit platter (DF) (GF) (Vv)

Finger Buffet

Freshly prepared sandwiches (with a variety of fillings)

Accompanied by the following items:

  • Spring Rolls with Chilli Dipping Sauce (DF)
  • Selection of freshly made Frittatas (GF)
  • Local sausages glazed with honey, wholegrain mustard and sesame seeds (DF) a variety of crudités with sour cream and chive dip (V) and smoked paprika hummus (DF/Vv) onion bhajis with homemade raita and mango chutney (DF)
  • Fresh cut fruit platter (DF) (GF) (Vv)


Tea, coffee & biscuits

Alternatively a restaurant style lunch at a local University venue can be arranged.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


The Thames Suite is located at the University of Oxford’s IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, OX2 6NN.

We are conveniently located with a choice of two rail stations:

  • Oxford main station (within walking distance -15 minutes)
  • Oxford Parkway station / Park & Ride (10 -15 minutes bus ride)

Frequent city buses stop within 100 metres of our front door.

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Course enquiries

Use our online contact form
Email us at courses@it.ox.ac.uk


Thames Suite enquiries

Use our room enquiry form
Email us on thames.suite@it.ox.ac.uk


Instructional design enquiries

Use our instructional design enquiry form
Email us on instructional.design@it.ox.ac.uk


CoSy enquiries

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The IT Learning Centre is part of Customer Services at IT Services