UCL Anthropology


Disability and neurodivergency

UCL Anthropology is committed to promoting equality in the department, alongside nourishing diversity and ensuring that the department is inclusive and welcoming for all staff and students. We are constantly learning through this process and welcome all feedback and comments. Learn more about UCL Anthropology’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee here.

Neurodivergence: Up to 25% of people exhibit some form of neurodivergence, including dyslexia and dyspraxia, ADHD, and autism. If you are uncertain what constitutes Neurodiversity, this is a good guide.

Disability: Student Disability Services offer appointments and support students with a range of impairments, long and short-term conditions and difficulties. General enquiries can be addressed to disability@ucl.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7679 0100.

Read an overview of UCL’s comprehensive information and guidance on disabilities and accessibility here.

Support for Anthropology students and Staff

Much Anthropology involves field and lab work which can be challenging for disabled and neurodiverse students and staff, as can desk and library work. Anthropology operates an opt-in system whereby disabled and neurodiverse students make their own choice as to whether to declare their condition in their application form, apply for a SORA during their studies (Summary of Reasonable Adjustment, which is shared on a need-to-know basis with relevant staff), or tell their personal tutor in confidence.

The resources set out below are designed to help ensure that students and staff have the support they need and are not disadvantaged in undertaking their studies or day-to-day job.

Access information for UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street.

Accessing Support from UCL:

The Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team and the wider Student Support and Wellbeing department supports access to study for all disabled students which meets the Equality Act (2010) criteria.

Visit the SSW website for a step-by-step guide on accessing support through UCL’s Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team, including setting up a personalised support plan, otherwise known as a Summary of Reasonable Adjustments (SORA).

Summary of Reasonable Adjustments (SORA): The SORA, or Summary of Reasonable Adjustments is a document that outlines the reasonable adjustments that UCL will provide students, created in consultation with a Student Support & Wellbeing advisor. Reasonable adjustments are arranged by the Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team, and there are a range of possible adjustments available. The exact adjustments you receive will be specific to your circumstances and are based around students' needs.

Once the SORA has been created and with your consent, your SORA will be passed onto the your department so that they're aware of any adjustments that they'll need to put in place to ensure you experience no barriers to your learning.

Further UCL Resources and Links:

UCL Groups and Networks:

  • UCL Disabled Students Network: Promotes the interests and needs of students who identify as disabled, including those with learning difficulties, mental health issues or long-term illness
  • UCL Autistic Peer Group and the Autism Society: Raises awareness and understanding of autism spectrum conditions among UCL students. All UCL students are welcome to join
  • UCL DARE Network: UCL’s DARE Network (Discover Autism Research & Employment) is a non-profit collaboration between the autism research charity Autistica and the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at UCL. DARE conducts cutting edge-research and helps companies recruit and retain neurodiverse talent through evidence-based insights on best practice
  • UCL’s Neurodivergent Staff Network
  • Enable@UCL: A staff network open to any disabled person working at UCL, as well as any non-disabled person wanting to support disability equality at UCL

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