When you meet with an adviser they will talk you through the various ways in which the School can provide support and adjustments to your studies, such as:
We can create an Inclusion Plan (IP) to ensure that staff are aware of your circumstances and can make adjustments as needed. For example by explaining that you may need to leave the room suddenly, or that you may sometimes struggle with contributing to group discussions. This can help those who teach you approach situations with equity and tact, and allow them to offer some flexibility where required.
IPs are created in collaboration with you, and will be discussed in detail with your adviser at your first appointment.
Where appropriate we can refer you for mentoring support. Mentoring is not counselling, but offers students a reflective and supportive space with an impartial professional who is not a member of LSE staff. Through regular meetings with your mentor you will have the chance to talk through the practicalities of your course with someone who understands the complications that mental health issues can bring. Together you can develop strategies to help you get the most out of your time at LSE.
Mentoring is free of charge for all students, although UK students will need to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances for funding (please see section below). International students should speak to their adviser about a referral for mentoring.
Mental Health Advisers
Our advisers link in with various services to ensure that you have the right level of support away from the campus, such as specialist mental health services, GPs, and halls of residence.
Individual Exam Adjustments
We can recommend Individual Exam Adjustments (IEAs) to ensure you are able to take your exams with reasonable adjustments in place. For example by providing rest breaks, extra time or access to food and medication.
Appropriate IEAs can be discussed with your adviser, and are dependent on your individual circumstances and the medical evidence you provide.