Student Disability Support at LSHTM

Support for students with disabilities, including learning difficulties such as dyslexia, is provided by the Student Advice & Counselling Service.

UK Definition of a Disability

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone with:

a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial adverse; and long term effect on his or her ability to carry out “normal” day to day activities

This includes:

  • a sensory (visual/hearing) impairment
  • a mental health difficulty
  • a mobility impairment
  • a dexterity impairment
  • Aspergers Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders
  • chronic medical conditions (e.g diabetes, HIV, epilepsy, asthma)
  • chronic pain / chronic fatigue
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (e.g dyslexia, dyspraxia)
  • any other condition which has a long-term and adverse effect on day-to-day activities

Our Service to Students

Our main aim is to provide appropriate support and facilities for each individual so that all students can participate fully in the academic and social life of the School. We aim to continually modify and update practices and procedures in order to remove barriers to enable and encourage disabled students to participate fully in university life.

Students are invited from the application stage onwards to declare any disability so that we can start putting appropriate measures in place. Students who have not declared a disability before they join the course are encouraged to do so at any point during the academic year, but the earlier we are informed, the easier it will be to put things in place.

Range of Support Available

We can offer a range of support for students with disabilities: from advice and guidance to potential students and applicants, through to negotiation of a support package tailored to specific needs while you are studying at the School. Special arrangements for examinations and assessments can be provided on receipt of a medical certificate, study needs assessment report or educational psychologist’s report. Likewise, we can loan equipment (such as digital voice recorders) if we have appropriate evidence.

Further Information

Detailed information about disability support provision at the School can be found in our Student Disability Handbook.


Contact Details

Student Advice
Room G20C/D
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street
London WC1E 7HT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7299 4706

To make an appointment, please complete our booking form on Moodle.


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