Information for Needs Assessors

Imperial College is working towards becoming a fully inclusive learning and teaching environment and have created an in-house Non-Medical Helper Service as an alternative to the DSA. This service is free to all our disabled students, regardless of course or fee status.

No costs for the following are reclaimed through DSA:

Band 4 NMH

  • Specialist study skills support for students with SpLDs and AD[H]D
  • Specialist study skills support for students on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Specialist study mentoring support students on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Specialist study mentoring support for students with enduring mental or physical health difficulties or AD(H)D

Band 1, 2 and 3 NMH

Where support cannot be accommodated through inclusive practices the following NMH service are also provided in-house:

  • General and Library Support Assistant
  • Note taking support
  • Lab support assistant
  • Communication Assistant

Imperial College captures lectures using a tool called Panopto. Panopto allows for the simultaneous capture of audio, video and applications. Lecture capture is available in over 90% of lecture theatres. We expect this to be the first line of support for students needing note taking help.

Please note: At present we are not in a position to provide specialist IT training

ICT support

The Assistive Technology Suite, located in the Central Library, and is available for the use of all students registered with the Disability Advisory Service. The College does not purchase computers for individual disabled students nor do we reimburse the £200 DSA computer equipment contribution. However, enrolled students can apply to the Student Support Fund for a means-tested grant towards this cost.

The following assistive software is networked through the College:

  • Text help
  • Claro-read
  • Mindview
  • Inspiration

All disabled students are encouraged to meet with one of our experienced Disability Advisors who will draw up a ‘Suggested Reasonable Adjustment’ document. This is written with reference to:

  • Student need – based on individual discussion with the student
  • Course competency standards
  • Evidence of disability
  • Recommendations made within this evidence

The 'Suggested Reasonable Adjustment’ document will outline all recommended support including:

  • inclusive teaching practice
  • NMH support 
  • exam access arrangements
  • additional support identified, for example, any non ICT equipment, travel expenses or an ergonomic assessment. Additional support will be funded from out Reasonable Adjustment Fund.

General Information

Imperial College follows a 3 term system for teaching.

  • Autumn and Spring terms run for 11 weeks and the Summer term is 9 weeks long.
  • Medical students have a different timetable and this should be checked on the Faculty of Medicine website.
  • Postgraduates work for a full year; masters courses run from the beginning of October until 30th September of the following year.

Each department has at least one Departmental Disability Officer who is the first point of contact for specific information with regard to learning and teaching, core competencies and all other academic matters. 

Competency Standards will be different for each course and departments publish their Competency Standards on their departmental webpages.

Any exam Access arrangements included within ‘Suggested Reasonable Adjustment’ document are made with due reference to Imperial College Examination Guidelines.

Before exam access arrangements students must supply appropriate up-to-date evidence, e.g. a post-16 diagnostic report or medical evidence. Imperial College does not allow or support automatic extensions for course work. Students may apply for mitigating circumstances if appropriate.

If you have any further questions, then please contact us