If you declare a disability on your UCAS or other application form this information will be entered on the UCL central student record system (Portico). This is confidential personal information and covered by the Data Protection Act. You cannot rely on this first disclosure to alert your department to any adjustments you might need.
UCL Student Disability Services forwards information regarding offer holders to Departmental Disability Co-ordinators. They are informed if offer holders declare a disability and what category this disability falls into (e.g. Medical condition, Specific Learning Difficulty, Mental Health condition etc.) but no further information will be passed to them without your prior consent. If you do not want this information shared with your teaching department you can indicate this when you complete your Applicant Support Questionnaire. If you do so, any information relating to your disability will remain confidential. The questionnaire is sent out to all offer holders in May each year.
The purpose of this early notification is to promote a whole institution approach towards disability support at UCL; for example it can help to ensure that a student with mobility difficulties is prioritised to have lectures located in accessible locations. As indicated disclosing a disability acts as a trigger for certain communications from Student Disability Services. If you need any specific adjustments either for examinations, or for assessments or in the provision of teaching and learning we would encourage you to discuss this with a Disability Adviser.
Some of our current students have produced a video which explains the benefits of disclosing.
Whether you declare a disability or not you are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services as early as possible after enrolment.
Who will be informed about my disability?
Any information disclosed to Student Disability Services staff is treated confidentially. When you register with SDS you will be asked whether the Disability Services staff can reveal limited information to other members of UCL staff, on a ‘need-to-know’ basis where this is necessary to facilitate our support for you.
What if I choose not to disclose?
If you do not disclose a disability you may not receive the practical support to which you are entitled. It may also be difficult to make the appropriate reasonable adjustments. Information about a mobility difficulty, for example, is needed well in advance so that accessible rooms can be booked for lectures and seminars. Our Disability Advisers are happy to discuss any concerns you may have about disclosure.