Studying with a disability
The Department and Imperial College as a whole are committed to providing dedicated support to its students and staff in order to ensure they maximise their potential and progress regardless of their disability.
The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) exists to advise individual students no matter what their disability to ensure that they have the support they need. They also act as the first point of contact for prospective students or their parents, seeking information about disability support for students within Imperial College. Their service is both confidential (information about you is only passed on to other people in the university with your agreement) and individual in that any support is tailored to what you need.
Dr Thomas Lancaster is the Department's Disability Officer and is responsible for liaising with the university's examination system and suggesting reasonable adjustments are made to student assessments and course experience.
Applicants with disabilities & Competence Standards
The Department is keen to ensure that all students are able to undertake and benefit from the course. The competency standards for incoming students to the Department and identifies where there is scope for 'reasonable adjustments' in those standards to allow disabled students to undertake our degree programmes. These standards are based on the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) which identifies key competences for the various levels of the Council’s registrants.
We encourage any applicants or offer holders who feel that they may need support during their studies due to physical impairment, learning disabilities such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, conditions such as Asperger's syndrome, or mental health problems to discuss with us the support the Department and College can provide.
Note, that Colour vision defects should not prevent you from successfully completing the course. This IET Factsheet answers some of the common questions asked by people who think they may have some form of colour vision defect. See this IET information on some frequently asked questions.
Students with disabilities
The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) of Imperial College offers confidential advice and support to students with disabilities. DAS will also be the first port of call for disability assessments, disability allowance and disability support. A meeting can be booked via email or via telephone as below.
Disabilities Advisory Service
Telephone: 020 7594 8935
This includes students who have, for example, a specific learning difficulty or an enduring physical or mental health condition. These should be the first point of contact to initiate the assessment process to recognise and adjust for disabilities.
How do I receive reasonable adjustments to my exams and course?
The process for adjustments is normally straight forward. The student should discuss their disability first with the Disability Advisory Service (DAS) who will provide advice and request or provide the necessary formal disability assessments. DAS will provide the student with a recommendation, which the student can take to the Department disability liason officer. This enables the Department to apply on behalf of the student for any reasonable adjustments to the University Registry for example to exams (e.g. extra time) and in the class room (e.g. video recordings of lectures). Registry reserves up to 6 weeks for processing these requests and granting adjustments, therefore any adjustments should be made as soon as possible. Students have to thereafter keep the liason officer up to date with any changes to their disability.