Like at undergraduate level, postgraduate students (both taught and research) who have a disability or significant on-going illness are encouraged to register with the Disability Service to avail of relevant supports.
Application is done via the my.tcd.ie portal. (for information on registration process please click on this link) after which one of the Disability Service staff will be in touch to arrange a needs assessment.
Reasonable accommodations agreed at postgraduate level may differ in form or scope from those at undergraduate level as these are determined by course and level of study.
For research students, reasonable accommodations may take the specific nature of your study and degree into account. You may need to consider research ethics approval to cover access for academic or personal assistant to sensitive data-sets, for example. To allow reasonable accommodations to be put in place, we may need to communicate with academic staff in your department, but this will be discussed with you, prior to any contact being made. You decide who you wish information to be forwarded to.
Disclosure of a disability to a supervisor or to a research team can be a daunting task for many research students. The Disability Service can offer support in managing disclosure if this is something you are considering. A disability will never be disclosed to the examiners of a thesis without a student’s consent to do so.