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Students with disabilities (including dyslexia and mental health issues)

The Institute of Cancer Research welcomes applications from students with disabilities - any conditions which have a long-term and adverse effect on studying.

Conditions may include sensory impairment (visual/hearing), mobility or dexterity impairment, chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, HIV, epilepsy, asthma) or chronic pain/fatigue, mental health difficulties, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia), Aspergers Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders.

The ICR aims to offer as much appropriate assistance as possible to accommodate individual needs, and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that both the application procedure and the programme itself are organised and delivered to offer all students the opportunity to participate fully.

Applicants are encouraged to let Admissions know if anything further can be done to make the application and selection process as accessible as possible. This helps the ICR to ensure that applicants’ specialist needs can be understood, and any obstacles minimised, throughout the application and admission process.

Once registered, the ICR can provide specific support to students with disabilities throughout their studies. Students are encouraged to disclose any disability from as early as possible, via the Registry. This will allow any special arrangements, for example regarding examinations, to be made.

Our students are normally fully-funded from a range of sources with many from overseas.  Disabled students who are self-funded and from the UK, may be able to benefit from the Disabled Student Allowance.

If you would like further information about how we help students with disabilities at the ICR please contact the Registry.


Information disclosed regarding your disability and/or additional needs will be dealt with in a confidential manner; this is in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. 

Without knowledge of your disability, it may be difficult to fully support your needs and make the necessary adjustments.

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