On the 3rd floor at Vernon Square the School Welfare Office, counsellors and disability advisors are there for you if you need welfare advice, or for someone to talk to when you feel low.
Contacts / Appointments
Student Services Admin: 020 7074 5015
This is the main Student Services Webpage, you can access all the services here:
International Student Welfare Office: 020 7074 5014
Counselling: 020 7074 5016
Disability Advice: 020 7074 5018
Mental Health & Well Being advisor: Sachiko Kishi
We all need to look after our mental health! Any student who has concerns about their emotional wellbeing or wants assistance in supporting a colleague can access confidential support from me. For an appointment (Tuesdays or Fridays ) contact the Student Services Admin on the number above, or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org). Workshops and support groups will be available as well as buddying. Some students will be eligible to apply for mentoring support.
Counselling Service: Alison Barty, Neil Farrelly, Sheila Root.
Confidential support to students with problems of a personal, family or emotional nature; daily drop in sessions for brief consultations.
Disability Advisors: Zoe Davis & Angela Axon
What is meant by disability? The term “disability” is wide. According to the Disability Discrimination Act it can include: problems with mobility, seeing or hearing; specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia); mental illness or mental health difficulties; severe disfigurements; cancer, HIV/Aids, epilepsy, diabetes; progressive conditions even at an early stage, conditions characterised by a number of cumulative effects (e.g pain, fatigue), and a past history of disability. If you’re are experiencing difficulties but aren’t sure if you’re covered, contact us for advice.
What is your role? We provide advice and support to individual students and, if they agree, we liaise between them and tutors, the exams office, library and education authorities. We use feedback about what works and what doesn’t and to inform the strategic parts of our role, e.g the creation of policy and working with other staff to make SOAS as accessible as possible. SOAS is getting more accessible. There are now 3 rooms at SOAS with specialist software for students who are visually impaired or who have specific learning differences, loan equipment for disabled students who haven’t been able to get it through the DSA, mind mapping and screen reading software on most computers, dyslexia tutors in the LTU, a mental health and well being advisor, and staff who are more aware of access issues and provision of accessible information.
What should students with disabilities expect at SOAS? We hope they can expect to enjoy the rich and varied student experience that SOAS offers. It’s great if students see us early on so that we can let them know what’s available and ensure any reasonable adjustments are made as soon as possible.
We’d like students not to be disabled by the environment or the curriculum. We’d also like a welcoming climate, friendly and open so students feel able to disclose any disability they may have. We think SOAS has made a good start towards achieving these things but there’s still work to do and we’d love to hear from students about what they think we should be doing.
When can students see a disability advisor? We see students 10-4, Mon – Fri.
To make an appointment ring or email Ambie Rene. Drop-in sessions are term time, Tuesdays & Fridays 1.30 – 2.30pm.
International Student and Welfare Advisers: Heather Phillips & Andrew Humphreys.
We provide information, advice and practical help to all students on any non-academic problem or issue that might be affecting their studies. These include money matters, immigration, accommodation, childcare, welfare benefits and personal issues.
Services particularly for international students include a visa extension service for students who need to extend their leave to remain in the UK for further studies at SOAS. Advice is also available on registering with the police, travelling in and out of the UK and on the rules about working in the UK while studying and after graduation.
Contact us if you have a problem, however small or trivial it may seem. Our aim is to help you to succeed in your studies; the sooner problems are dealt with, the sooner you can concentrate on studying and achieve your full potential.