I am a sign language user, how do I arrange interpreting support and / or note taking support?
If you think you will require BSL interpreting support or note-taking support to access the curriculum while studying at SOAS, please contact the disability team as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.
Booking a suitably experienced note taker usually needs about two weeks notice
Booking BSL interpreting support usually needs at least 4 weeks notice.
How do I apply for DSA and other Funding?
Click on the link below for information about DSA and other funding
How do the teaching staff get to know about my recommended support?All students with a disability can have plan drawn up which describes any adjustments that need to be made or support you may need to access the course. It includes advice to your lecturers / tutors and other relevant SOAS staff on: physical access; access to the curriculum; exams; other forms of assessment; study skills support; mentoring; library; IT; and health and safety.
Students who registered BEFORE 2016/2017: If you registered before 2016/2017, the plan was called a 'Learning Support Agreement' (LSA). NB: The LSA is still in use and you DO NOT need to change it to the new Study Inclusion Plan. The LSA was agreed between each student and your disability advisor. The agreed document was then emailed to you and copied to your course convenor and your faculty student support office.
If you want lecturers / tutors to see your Learning Support Agreement and act on the recommendations in it, you will need to send it to them. They will not see the LSA if you do not send it to them.
Students who registered in 2016/2017 or later (ie students whose first year at SOAS was 2016/17): The plan that describes adjustments and support is now called a STUDY INCLUSION PLAN. There is a link to Study Inclusion PLans FAQs on the left hand navigation bar of this page (or you can click on this link to get to the same page).
Are there any adjustments made for exams?
Adjustments to your exam arrangements can usually be put in place on the basis of recommendations made by an Educational Psychologist, specialist teacher, doctor or consultant. The Disability Advisor will need to see a copy of your evidence and will meet with you to discuss the recommendations.
These adjustments might include: extra time, use of a computer, rest breaks, use of screen reading software such as JAWS, enlarged text or an amanuensis (scribe).
The deadline by which the Disability Office needs to be notified is given on the Special Arrangements for Exams page in the disability section of the SOAS website.
For students with dyslexia: your dyslexia report must be the report of an assessment taken after you were 16. If it is an assessment made by an educational psychologist or specialist teacher, it should include adult tests (WAIS) rather than child tests (WISC). The author of the report should certify that the assessment was conducted and report written in accordance with the Specific Learning Details Working Group 2005/DFES guide-lines for assessment of specific learning difficulties in higher education. (read more).
For students with medical evidence: medical evidence should be current and outline the condition you have that necessitates special arrangements. It should also, if possible, explain what arrangements are necessary and why. This should be on headed paper, dated and signed by your medical practitioner.
What library services are available?
Please visit https://www.soas.ac.uk/library/using/services/disability/ for information on Library Services
I don't have my own laptop or any assistive software. Is there any equipment I can borrow?
SOAS has a small stock of laptop computers (loaded with a range of assistive software), digital recorders and other equipment for loan to students who are either not eligible for the DSA or who have not yet received any equipment. Please contact the Disability Advisors if you would like to borrow any of this equipment.
What do I do if I need to evacuate quickly from a SOAS building?
Your disability adviser will create a personal emergency evacuation plan with you. Please contact the disability office as soon as possible to arrange this. More information is at Policy for Emergency Egress for Disabled People (pdf; 73kb) .
Can I change my timetable to ensure access to classrooms?
Most of the classrooms at SOAS are accessible but if you are a wheelchair user, or have a long term condition or visual impairment that would make travelling between the Vernon Square and Russell Square campuses difficult, we can usually arrange for all your classes to take place in Russell Square. If that is not possible for any reason, we can organise a taxi for you.
Is there anyone who can help me find my way between the two campuses and around the campuses?
We can arrange for orientation training so that you can learn routes from Russell Square tube or hall of residence and around the campus. Please contact the disability adviser as soon as possible if you would like to do this.
What hearing induction loop systems are available at SOAS?
The large lecture theatres at SOAS - BGLT, KLT, DLT and all rooms in the PWW have induction loop systems, and room G3 has an alternative infra-red system for which headsets are available. There are portable loop systems at reception points throughout the school and others which can be borrowed for lectures/seminars in other rooms. Some students may need a radio microphone or other device. If so, please discuss this with the Student Disability Advisor.