As a music student who is hard of hearing, I was not sure how other students would respond to this. However LMH has proved to be an open environment in which I can discuss disability as a normal part of my life and still be equally valued for my opinions and pursuits in music.
At LMH, we want to ensure that every student is happy living in college and feels supported in their studies. Any student who considers themselves to be disabled, or who has any medical condition that may impact their time here at LMH, will be able to receive a wealth of support from both Oxford University and the College. From accessible accommodation rooms, support from Oxford University’s Disability Advisory Service and provisions from the LMH library with extended loans and book access support, there are a lot of support mechanisms that can help you during your time at LMH. We want to ensure that every student can participate in any activity that they wish and feel settled into college life.
As well as your Personal Tutor and the college nurse and doctors, the LMH JCR has a Disabilities Officer. The student in this role acts as a representative voice, a source of information and a bridge between you and the college. The students elect a fellow student to the role every year, and they will be more than happy to meet to chat about anything that may be troubling you or just provide a non-judgemental ear. Any student who may be applying for Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs) or alternate exam arrangements should also feel free to contact the Disabilities Officer for any general advice on how to begin the process. It may seem like a daunting prospect, but they can help make it as easy as possible.
Years ago, the first generation of scholars built this college to right a wrong: namely, the lack of female education. The 21st century has changed the kinds of barriers being knocked down but the tradition continues.