Imperial offers an unrivalled range of in-house study-related support. Many students we have supported have gone on to achieve grades and outcomes which they previously did not think they were capable of.  

How can we support you?

We have an extensive network of support available to help ensure our students realise their true potential, including an extensive network of departmental disability officers.  

We have a diverse range of dedicated teams and individuals who are here to support you. This includes mental health advisors, counselling, chaplaincy, SpLD/Dyslexia tutors.

Many of the services we offer are now provided in-house. This means that all students can have the required support put in place quickly and efficiently. In the case of many UK students, this avoids any need to make a claim for Disabled Students' Allowances.

We have many years of experience in supporting students with a wide range of needs to successfully complete their studies. 

Imperial students describe their experience of using and accessing the support provided by the Disability Advisory Service.

Disability Advisory Service - Student voice

Imperial students describe their experience of using and accessing the support provided by the Disability Advisory Service. 

Case studies

Below are a couple of case studies of students who have been supported by the Disability Advisory Service.  We hope this encourages you to access our service.  

Case studies


James experienced difficulties with his mental health during his first year of study, so requested an appointment with a disability advisor. After a discussion, it was agreed to refer him to Imperial College Health Centre to discuss the issues raised and seek support for some reasonable adjustments. 
A doctor agreed to recommend specialist mentoring support, and that James should be placed in a smaller room during exams to help counteract the impact of anxiety symptoms. 
The advisor drew up a Suggested Reasonable Adjustments Document which included these recommendations. James met a study mentor once a week, during term time, to help manage how his mental health difficulties impacted on his studies. 
These changes helped James achieve excellent grades in his studies.  


Debbie had ongoing difficulties in maintaining focus during classes and when trying to study. She found that she often lost her concentration, becoming easily distracted by her own thoughts or by background noise. 
Debbie requested to undergo a screening with the Disability Advisory Service. As the results indicated the presence of a specific learning difficulty (SpLD), Debbie agreed to be referred for a full diagnostic assessment. This confirmed that she has Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (AD(H)D) as an SpLD. 
A subsequent meeting with a disability advisor led to a Suggested Reasonable Adjustments Document being agreed. This included a referral for specialist study skills tutorials to help develop strategies to counteract the impact of AD(H)D and to study more effectively. She also received some assistive technology support and extended library loans, as well as 25% extra time in her exams. 
These adjustments helped Debbie to perform far better than expected in her course.