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Kingston University's vision and strategy: Led by Learning

Our vision

To be internationally recognised for a creative approach to education that has practical outcomes which benefit people and communities.

Our purpose

To develop potential, transform lives and improve the world around us. To be led by learning in all that we do: enabling others to learn, continually learning ourselves and pushing the boundaries of learning through teaching, research and enterprise and professional practice.

We value

  • Rigour, curiosity, excellence and originality.
  • Innovation, creativity and enterprise.
  • Consideration, courtesy and collegiality.
  • Breadth, diversity and individuality.

At the heart of what we do are:

point Learning, Enquiry, Professional Practice

  1. We will encourage and support high quality teaching and research.
  2. Our teaching will be informed by research and best practice.
  3. We will create, test, share and spread knowledge for its own sake.
  4. All our academics will engage in the development of their discipline.
  5. We will be self critical and learn from what we and others do.
  6. We will enable our students to leave with the best possible degree they can attain so that they have choices and the skills needed for fulfilling professional employment; therefore all students will have opportunities for placements, work in an international environment and activities outside the curriculum.
  7. We will develop strategies to support all who can benefit from a Kingston University education, regardless of background, so that they can participate fully and complete it successfully.
  8. We will only admit students who have the ability, commitment and potential to complete their course; when a student does fail or drop out, we will treat this as a failure of the University.
  9. We will only do things that we can do well. We will review our portfolio of courses regularly; we will develop courses that address our students' needs and we will withdraw from areas with poor outcomes or which are not sustainable.

point Enriching Lives

  1. We will continue to be a cosmopolitan, London-based university with an international outlook and a diverse student body.
  2. We will develop people to be independent thinkers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to society through constructive challenge and to have fulfilling lives.
  3. We will be a University of choice for students with ambition to thrive in a complex interconnected world.
  4. Our courses and opportunities will meet our students' needs and maximise our graduates' choices and employment prospects.
  5. We will be a broadly-based university and seek to maximise the opportunities this gives our students by offering common programmes that deliver interdisciplinary benefits.
  6. We will demonstrate the economic, social and cultural impact of our research and how it benefits individuals, the community and the environment.
  7. Our staff will have opportunities to develop their skills and abilities; they will all have a personal development plan and undergo regular performance appraisal.
  8. Our appointment, reward and promotions systems will underpin good performance and will support research, teaching, professional practice and administration.

point Respect for Individuals, Communities and our Environment

  1. We will review our processes regularly to ensure that they focus on the needs of our students and staff.
  2. We will act ethically to minimise our impact on the environment; we will include issues relating to sustainability and ethics in the curriculum.
  3. We will encourage volunteering and engagement with local and other communities.
  4. We will be welcoming and outward looking, blurring the boundaries between staff and students, the University and the community, and will work closely with local and regional communities to develop an engaged Civic University.
  5. We will engage and work with businesses, professional networks and partners to enrich the lives of our students, alumni and staff and to provide mutual benefit.
  6. The Kingston community will be courteous, collaborative and entrepreneurial. We will be known for our collegial, supportive culture, ignoring internal and external boundaries to provide the best possible education for our students.
  7. We will operate efficiently, optimise our resources (including diversifying our income sources) and ensure the future viability of the university.
  8. We will make sure that our physical and our virtual working environments are fit for purpose for students and staff; we will continue to create spaces and systems that support both individual and collaborative learning anywhere, at any time.

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What we do is straightforward. We help undergraduates, postgraduate and research students, organisations and others to learn; promote scholarship; advance professional practice; disseminate new ideas and discoveries through our research and knowledge transfer; and support learning within the region in which we are located. As a community of scholars, students and staff dedicated to learning we share responsibility for developing the full potential of ourselves and others.

The landscape of higher education is changing, and we must respond both to those developments and to the changing needs of the communities we serve. At Kingston we believe that learning is the most powerful way of improving societies and communities; it is a vital component of addressing global transformation and achieving economic development. We are, and will continue to be, highly international as well closely linked to our local community; and we will continue to provide courses that are relevant to business and the workplace, and to conduct high-quality research because all these things lead to better learning. We are also proud to be a University which encourages and supports those who have hitherto been excluded from higher education. Our students will want to learn, to change and to be challenged. Our systems, our estate and our processes are all there to support better learning. 

The ability to adapt, evolve and innovate is critical to creating a successful future, and our contribution is through learning. Our purpose and the objectives of this plan are intended to enable that success and thereby also achieve our vision. 

We will implement this strategic plan through a series of core underlying strategies and their operational plans, as follows:



  • People
  • Finance
  • Estates and Facilities
  • Information
  • Communication
  • Civic Engagement

Each objective in this strategic plan will be associated with a specific underlying strategy, with a nominated leader who will be accountable for its delivery.

We will ensure integration of the plan and the underlying strategies through four cross-cutting programmes:

  • the Student Experience Programme
  • the Staff Experience Programme
  • the Stakeholder and External Partner Programme
  • the Sustainability and Resources Programme

We will measure success in achieving the strategy through a set of Indicators of Success with associated Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

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