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Support for disabled students

UCL is an inclusive learning environment, and we aim to enable all students to study as independently as possible during their time here. This section of our website provides information on the support available for students who are disabled or have a long-term health condition.

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Support during lockdown

We recognise students may be facing additional mental health challenges due to the disruption and uncertainty caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Full support remains available from UCL in the form of same-day appointments with our DMHW (Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing) team, counselling with SPCS (Student Psychological and Counselling Services) and self-help resources across our Student Support and Wellbeing site. You can also read our summary of the support on offer in the 2020/21 academic year.

We are running wellbeing events open to all students in partnership with Students' Union UCL. We also have dedicated self-isolation guidance and support for students who are self-isolating.

To make an appointment with our advisers or for any further enquiries you have or support you may need, access askUCL and a member of our team will get in contact with you.

Students struggling with their mental health at this time can also access support via the NHS and online resources from Public Health England, along with support from mental health charity Mind. Further sources of information and support are Every Mind Matters, and Young Minds for young people.

Joining UCL as a disabled student

If you're joining UCL and think you might need support to access your studies, please complete our Applicant Support Questionnaire, which is available on Portico under the Student Disability Services tab.

About the team

About the Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team

Find out who the Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team are, who we can suport and how we can support you.

Seeing an adviser

Drop-in sessions and longer appointments

Find out more about our same-day and longer appointments, and what to expect when you see us. 

Tell us about your disability

Tell us about your disability

We strongly encourage you to tell us that you're disabled or have a long-term health condition.

The support we provide

The support we provide

A wide variety of reasonable adjustments and other forms of support suited to your needs are available.

Accessing support

Accessing support

Here is our comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to access all the support that you're entitled to.

Funding your support

Financial support

Here are the types of funding available for disabled student support and how you can access them.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Useful resources on study skills, assistive technology, the Summary of Reasonable Adjustments (SORA) and more.

Information for staff

Information for staff

Information for UCL staff and needs assessors on good practice when supporting disabled students. 

Exam adjustments

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Full details about exam adjustments for students who are disabled or have a health condition.

Guidance for Non-Medical Helpers (NMHs) and Needs Assessors

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Information for our Non-Medical Helpers (NMHs) and Needs Assessors.

Sunflower Lanyard scheme

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UCL is signing up to a new sunflower lanyard scheme to help students who may have an invisible disability.