How ICMP’s Disability and Wellbeing Team Can Support You

Find out how our team can help you as an ICMP student...



At ICMP, we want to give you the perfect platform to make the most of your time with us. 

From our inspiring courses and tutors to our Careers and Industry Hub, we provide students with an array of resources to help them. The last year has been uniquely challenging and we realise that many will require support while with us - this is where our Disability and Wellbeing Team comes in. 


What do we mean by disability? 

Disabilities are any long-term conditions that can affect the way you study, including learning differences such as dyslexia or ADHD, medical and mental health conditions, and physical/mobility/sensory impairments. 

Should I disclose my disability? 

We definitely recommend you share information about your disability or support requirements - this ensures you can make informed decisions about the additional support and adjustments we may be able to offer. If you choose not to share information about your disability or support needs, then we will not be able to support you fully to mitigate the impact on your studies.

Will I be treated differently or discriminated against due to my disability? 

No - this would not happen at ICMP. It is illegal for any college or university to discriminate on these grounds and information about your disability or support needs will not have any impact on your course application decision. We simply ask for this information so we can provide appropriate support where it is required, to mitigate the study-related impact of any disability.

Will you share my information or disability details with other staff members? 

You can request this doesn’t happen if you have concerns about confidentiality and information sharing. However, we usually recommend you give your consent for us to share information with certain staff (e.g. your course tutors) as it ensures they are aware of your situation and can offer appropriate support to help ensure your success.

What are the benefits of disclosing a disability? 

We encourage all disabled students studying with us to disclose information about their disability or long-term condition, so that reasonable adjustments and appropriate support can be put in place. It may mean there are specific adjustments you are entitled to, that you can apply for a full support package through the DSA (Disabled Students Allowance), or that you can access certain exam arrangements such as extra time or rest breaks. 

How do I prove a disability? 

Any entitlement to reasonable adjustments will be based on provision of formal evidence of your diagnosis. This often means getting an up-to-date letter or report from your GP or specialist, confirming the diagnosis, time-frame (must be a long-term condition, i.e. lasting at least 12 months) and the possible impact on study-related activities. For students with things like dyslexia (and other specific learning differences) you will need to provide a copy of your diagnostic assessment report. Provision of suitable evidence is vital for accessing formal support arrangements in UK higher education.

What our Disability and Wellbeing Team aims to do 

Our team works across various areas but with one uniting mission - to give you the support to engage and succeed in your chosen area of study. This often means different things for different students but we always try to respond to individual needs as flexibly as possible, with the aim of reducing (or removing) the study-related impact of any long-term diagnosed condition.

As an institution, we are committed to prioritising student wellbeing. From moving to a different city to creating new social networks alongside your studies, we know how this unfamiliar situation can throw up some unique challenges. The Disability and Wellbeing Team has been set up to support students through any problems you may encounter while studying at ICMP and through the application process."

We also aim to ensure that those with specific needs or challenges can access the appropriate academic and non-academic support while with us. 

What support is available 

The support available through the ICMP Disability and Wellbeing support varies according to each student’s individual situation, and can be accessed either by students getting in touch with us via email, through our MyICMP student portal, or by completing a short online self-referral form. Our support varies between internal and external resources, events, guidance and advice. 

Below is a brief summary of the main kinds of support we can offer our students.

 CONTACT our disability and wellbeing team


ICMP students can take advantage of six weeks of free counselling. This includes an initial assessment. Please note, a waiting list is in place when demand is high.

The Alexander Technique

We have a dedicated Alexander Technique expert at ICMP providing lessons. This practice aims to release you from habits and tensions preventing you from finding your natural state of balance and realising your full potential.

 Find out more

NLP Coaching

We work with a professional ‘NLP Life Coach’ who has also studied and worked in the music industry for many years, and who can offer group and 1-1 coaching sessions. This kind of support tends to focus on identifying and adjusting negative habits and thought patterns and supporting positive thinking and motivation.

Study Skills

We can also offer support around the development of study skills necessary to succeed in higher education. This kind of support tends to have an academic focus and is closely related to the kinds of academic assessments you may have to do on your course (research, academic writing etc.).

Wellbeing Events 

We’re delighted to offer a wide range of wellbeing events to keep students refreshed and ready. Previous sessions have focused on mental health and resilience, yoga, staying motivated, productive and positive, and more. 

Please look out for updates via email.


We have a dedicated Safeguarding Lead and team in place to protect young people and adults at risk.

Disability Support 

Our dedicated Disability Advisers provide guidance and support to disabled students. Our team can offer advice before you begin your studies, and it can take a significant amount of time (up to 3 months) to make some kinds of support arrangements, so please get in touch as soon as you are thinking of studying with us, and if possible before your course starts.  

 CONTACT our disability and wellbeing team

How we can help

Our Disability Advisers help current ICMP students at any point in their studies (from first to final year). The team’s work includes (but is not limited to): 

  • Organising dyslexia screenings and diagnostic assessments
  • Assisting students with referrals for diagnosis of other common conditions, including ADHD and Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Assisting and facilitating in Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) applications, including help with getting the right evidence
  • Assisting students to set up and organise 1:1 additional support with specialist tutors
  • Facilitating institutional ‘reasonable adjustments’ for students (e.g. special arrangements for exams and other on-course support arrangements).

Disabled Students Allowance

Students may claim DSA in addition to student financial loans and grants. This can be used to cover any extra study-related costs they incur due to an impairment, mental health condition, or learning difficulty. Our team can assist with the application process and collecting the right evidence to include. There is more information about DSA, including information on how to apply, on the Diversity & Ability website and this website.

External Resources

We’re pleased to offer a variety of external resources to help students while with us. 

Togetherall online support 

Togetherall is a free online support service available to students 24/7, 365 days a year. This virtual community offers a safe space for participants to talk and share concerns, issues and worries outside of normal office hours and over weekends. It also offers a range of online courses on topics such as managing stress and improving how you sleep. 

 Visit Togetherall

Student Minds

Student Minds is the UK’s biggest student mental health charity. It offers plenty of free guides and resources on its website to help you prepare for student life. 

 Visit Student Minds


Student accommodation provider Unite Students offers Leapskills, a free resource to help young people with the transition to independent living. There are plenty of materials and advice on here to help as you start to study. 

 Visit Leapskills

Being Well Living Well

Developed in collaboration with mental health experts, higher education professionals, and university students and staff, this interactive, online toolkit takes a positive, preventative approach to help students maintain their mental, physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. Through a range of interactive activities and real student voices, the Being Well, Living Well toolkit equips students with the practical tools and knowledge needed to develop strategies for managing their own welbeing. 

 Visit Being Well Living Well

Please contact us on 0207 604 2474 or at for more information.

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by ICMP staff writer
August 24, 2021
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