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Neither is Oxford. Neither is London -- at least not the Tube; only a minority of the stations are wheelchair accessible, as I can thoroughly attest after 12+ years of traveling to London with a wheelchair-bound friend -- and I haven't greatly seen this change in all the years, either (not even as a result of the Olympics). It all looks great at first sight on the flashy official Tube map, but if you take a closer look or try it out in practice, it's all pretty desolate.

Oxford, last summer, was a similar experience (no Tube, of course, but pretty much everything else, from parking to sightseeing etc.)
Well, that's depressing.
It is. We've found work-arounds for most situations, but on every trip I still find myself lugging a wheelchair upstairs several times per day (or downstairs, but upstairs is the more cumbersome bit of course).
So John Cromer is at the University, in circa 1970 and their first disabled student. It must be somewhat easier now, since there is a specific legal requirement for Universities to adapt, but if my personal experience of getting such adaptations implemented is anything to go by, it isn't plain sailing unless your predecessors have already forced through everything you need.
... and sued or publicly shamed the university (or whatever other institution concerned) if necessary. Yep.
I had a four month battle after which they just agreed to everything I asked for. If they were gonna do it any way, why dick around for four months?
Because obviously they weren't going to do it anyway ... :D

Good for you, for forcing their hand.