Prospective students

Telling us about your disability as soon as possible will enable us to arrange the right support for you

You don’t have to tell the School about your disability. However we encourage you to let us know as early as possible, so we can make reasonable adjustments for you and arrange the support you are entitled to when you join the School. 

By ‘disability’ we mean a long-term condition which can have a substantial impact on your studies and/or day to day life. This includes difficulties such as sensory impairments, mental health conditions, mobility difficulties, long-term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions.

The support and adjustments we provide are dependent on your circumstances, and we will work with you to make sure that the School does what it can to cater for your individual needs. 

Tell us

So that we can arrange support in time for the start of your studies, please tell us about your disability as soon as possible. Your first and best opportunity will be when you complete your UCAS or LSE application form.

If you have not entered your disability details at the application stage, you can contact us directly at any point prior to joining LSE or during your studies. Please be aware however, that if you speak to us later in the academic year there may be a delay in the School meeting your support needs.

If you have concerns around sharing your confidential health history,  please see our Policy, Procedures and Confidentiality page for details on how this information is held and protected. You can also speak to one of our Disability Advisers to discuss any concerns you may have.

Complete your support questionnaire

Once you have declared your disability you will be invited to complete the Disability and Wellbeing Service Support Questionnaire. This gives you the opportunity to provide us information about your circumstances, helping us ensure that you have the right support throughout your time here.

If you have made an application to study at LSE but have not yet completed the questionnaire you can do so using the link below. Please note you only need to complete the questionnaire once:

 Complete your questionnaire

Provide medical evidence

To access support and adjustments you will need to provide us with supporting medical evidence, either attached to your questionnaire or sent separately.

Specific learning difficulties

For specific learning difficulties i.e. dyslexia, dyspraxia etc. you will need to provide a full diagnostic assessment report carried out by an educational psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. The report must give a diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty, and not simply be for the purpose of assessing the need for exam adjustments such as extra time and the use of a computer.

Please send through any relevant documentation you have. If a further assessment is required this can be arranged once you have started your course.

For all other disabilities

For all other disabilities you must provide evidence from a suitably qualified medical professional such as a GP, consultant, specialist nurse etc. Depending on the prognosis of your condition this evidence may need to be within the last 12 months. It should specify the following:

  • The name of your impairment or health condition
  • When your impairment or health condition was diagnosed/identified
  • How long your impairment/health condition is likely to last
  • The main effects of your condition, particularly in relation to studying
  • The side effects of any medication or treatment

If you do not have any suitable documentation you can ask your GP or specialist to complete our medical pro forma.

All evidence must be signed, dated, and written in English. Please avoid providing hard copies where possible.

If you have any questions about the evidence we require please feel free to email disability-dyslexia@lse.ac.uk for advice. 

What happens next?

Once we have received your completed form and evidence, you will receive information from the Disability and Wellbeing Service, which may involve a pre-arrival discussion or meeting with an Adviser.

How else can I prepare for my studies?

  • Think about the ways in which your condition has impacted on your studies in the past.
  • Make a list of the support you have had during previous studying experiences – what has worked well and what not so well?
  • Find out as much as possible about the modes of study and assessment your course will involve, and think about whether you may require any particular support or adjustments with those.
  • Visit our support pages to find out more about the support we can provide for specific disabilities.
  • If you are a home student, apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)
  • If you are a non-UK student and feel you will need specialist equipment and/or human support, make sure you have told us before you start so we have time to set this up before the start of term.

What should I do a few weeks before starting my course?

  • Make sure you are familiar with the how to make an appointment once you have enrolled
  • Make sure you read the information about Welcome Week
  • Read LSE Student life pages to find out more about what to expect as an LSE student

 

 

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Disability and Wellbeing Service, Third floor, Fawcett House (FAW), Clement's Inn, London, WC2A 2AE