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What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is an understanding and a recognition that not all brains are the same or work the same way. Much of this world is built for a typical type of brain, for people that think in a typical type of way. But in reality we all think differently, we learn differently, we feel and we experience moods differently as well and these differences are completely normal. Sometimes these differences are given specific labels like ADHD or Autism, but understanding neurodiversity means recognizing and respecting these differences. It also means understanding that neurodiversity can bring huge benefits to those with learning and thinking differences. An acknowledgement and a respect for these differences can not only reduce stigma around differences, but can also support people to build unique strengths and capabilities.    

 Dr Chiara Horlin (University of Glasgow, School of Psychology) 


Strengths and challenges

Neurodivergent staff and students have strengths which are critical in a university context:

Challenges may include

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
If you need support during your time at UCL please let us know. You can find details of how to access a range of services at

You may also like to join the Neurodiversity in Higher Education network.