Academic adjustments

Long-term support for students with protected characteristics such as parents, key workers, those observing religious beliefs, and any student experiencing discrimination, harassment, or trauma.

Academic Adjustments fall under the broader banner of ‘reasonable adjustments’ and includes ongoing support if:

  • You have parenting or caring responsibilities
  • You are pregnant
  • You are planning maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave
  • You observe religious beliefs or cultural customs
  • You have been affected by any form of harassment or discrimination
  • You have been affected by traumatic world events such as war or terrorism
  • You are a critical worker (e.g. NHS staff).

You may also be offered some forms of Academic Adjustment as part of a Support Plan under the Support to Study procedure.

How to apply

Academic Adjustments are provided by your Department. Each UCL Department is organised differently, so the best place to start is normally your programme’s Moodle site or Student Handbook.

These should include contact details for key members of departmental staff such as Personal Tutors, Student Advisers, departmental administrators, your Programme Leader, Departmental Tutor and other academic staff.

Your Department may consult with other UCL staff in order to work out the best support for you. This might include your Faculty Tutor, UCL Academic Services, UCL Student Support and Wellbeing, or the Chaplaincy and Interfaith Advice team.

You can also find detailed advice and guidance for different groups on the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing website:

  • LGBTQ+ students
  • Mature students
  • Students with children
  • Students who are pregnant or adopting
  • Care experienced students
  • Estranged students
  • Students of faith
  • Distance learners
  • Support for BME students