If you are a student living with a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition, or a learning difficulty (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia) there is support available for you during your time at Heythrop. You may not consider yourself a ‘disabled student’ but many people are eligible for help with their studies and do not realise it, so if you are struggling or have a condition which can make your time at university more challenging, please speak to the Student Support Manager Dominic McLoughlin or have a word with one of us on the Executive team.
- Heythrop has a Guide for Applicants and Students with Disabilities which details many of the college’s provisions for those with disabilities.
- Many students with a variety of conditions are eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance – a supporting grant based on an individual’s needs (rather than household income) which does not need to be paid back at the end of their studies. Their website details the support you might get and criteria for eligibility. Heythrop can support you in completing an application.
- NUS provides support for students with disabilities and has a dedicated Disabled Students’ Officer.
- Dyslexia Action is a leading charity supporting those with dyslexia and helping people access dyslexia assessments. Heythrop also houses the Dyslexia Teaching Centre on site.
- The University of London has information on how its services may be accessed by people with disabilities.
- Action Disability is Kensington & Chelsea’s guide to local venues which make accommodations for disabilities.
Heythrop welcomes students, staff, and visitors with a range of additional needs and/or disabilities. However, the college building is a listed building and can present some challenges to those with disabilities, particularly those with mobility difficulties. It may help you to know:
- There is an accessible toilet on the second floor in the main building, next to the Walker Room (turn right out of the lift).
- The HSU basement has step-free access to the HSU Advice Centre, Lion Office (Heythrop’s student newspaper), The Cave, Reading Room, HSU Bar, the ‘Lighthouse’ computer suite, and Muslim Prayer Room.
- There is a lift to the basement, ground, first, and second floors of the main building. There are stairs to the third floor. Some of the corridors have additional steps – if you are arranging to meet a lecturer it may be wise to check the location of their office. The Philosophy Library is fully accessible. There is a chair lift to the Theology Library (located in the Coppleston Wing), where a wheelchair can be provided. The telephone number for the library (to request assistance) is 020 7795 4254. Step-free access through the front of the main building is avaliable via a ramp – reception can be contacted on 02077956600 to request assistance.
- Heythrop has an induction loop system, both installed in some teaching rooms and as a mobile unit for use in other areas of college.
- If you are struggling to access college, you can speak to the Executive Team or Dominic who will be happy to assist you.