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Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

Here you can find out more about getting ready to study an arts or social sciences course (view our full list of arts and social sciences courses to check whether this applies to you).

Please note that this information only relates to courses taught at Kingston University – if you are attending a partner college, they will get in touch with you with the relevant information.

"We offer our students the opportunity to explore relevant and challenging issues within a varied, stimulating and academically rigorous environment. We provide learning support and guidance to ensure that whatever your educational background, you can develop your full potential. A degree is a major commitment and we want you to do well, which is why we provide strong academic support, a personal tutor and various skills modules which allow you to follow your own pathway throughout your course."  Professor Simon Morgan Wortham, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Before you arrive and induction

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Your tutors may ask you to do some reading before your first lecture. If so, you'll get your reading list once you've completed the online stage of your enrolment.

What happens when I arrive?

We hold an induction programme for new students. More information about this, your timetable and your start dates will be available once you've completed the online stage of your enrolment.

How will we support you?

Tutors have set office hours so it's easy to get one-to-one help and support if required. When you join the course, we assign you a personal tutor to help you throughout your time at the University. You can also get support from individual module leaders or the overall course leaders. Our academic staff are always happy to help. Find out more about student support.

The campus and its resources

Arts and social sciences courses are based across two campuses:

  • music and law courses are taught at the Kingston Hill campus; and
  • all other arts and social science subjects are taught at Penrhyn Road campus (including business joint honours combinations).

The Penrhyn Road campus is in the heart of Kingston, about a 10-minute walk from the town centre. It has a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.  Our diverse students from all campuses congregate here as it homes many facilities, including the gym, health centre and the Union of Kingston Students' headquarters.

The Kingston Hill campus is about three miles from Kingston town centre. It is a modern hillside campus set in its own landscaped gardens. It has a real community feel thanks to its many on-site facilities, including teaching rooms and computer labs; halls of residence; and a bar, cafe and restaurant.

The free university bus links all the campuses and halls of residence, so it's easy to get around.

What resources are available?

Our high-tech learning resource centres (LRC) house a wide range of resources and services including texts, periodicals, journals and dissertations and audio-visual materials. Remote access to LRC databases means that you can access facilities online from anywhere in the world.

Read more about university-wide study resources, such as the library and IT facilities.

Dance is based in The Surrey Club on our Penrhyn Road campus, where you will have access to three rehearsal studios with fully sprung Harlequin floors, a body conditioning and stretch room.

Drama is based in the Reg Bailey building on our Penrhyn Road campus. There are two equipped performances spaces as well as various teaching and rehearsal rooms. The staff are also based in the building, which is entirely dedicated to drama.

Media and Communications students have access to a specialist suite of laboratory spaces for practical video production, audio and broadcast media. These have recently been equipped with sophisticated equipment for editing and working on video materials.

The Department of Journalism, Publishing and Media has a dedicated newsroom, fully equipped with industry-standard PCs, web design uploading and layout software, digital TV and PA newsfeed. Journalism students work on The River, a newspaper edited and written by journalism students, on both print and online versions. Working in both media formats give our students valuable experience in the convergent skills that employers are looking for.

Music is based on the beautiful Kingston Hill campus. Music has a range of specialist and dedicated facilities including five recording studios, a suite of Apple Macs, and practice and rehearsal facilities. The flagship analogue Visconti Studio, based around an extraordinary 300m2 octagonal live room and stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment (Studer, Neve, Neumann, Universal Audio, Roland Space Echo) also features a unique collection of instruments including a Mellotron, a Hammond organ with Leslie cabinet, and a Steinway concert grand piano.

Psychology has new state-of-the-art psychology laboratories, which are equipped with PCs with statistical analysis and experimental control software. The labs include:

  • specialist equipment for participant observation – with video monitoring and recording apparatus;
  • a sound-attenuated psychoacoustics lab;
  • a cognitive lab;
  • a physiological lab; and
  • a driving simulator.


Induction for all undergraduate FASS courses starts on Monday 18 September 2017, with teaching commencing from Monday 25 September 2017.
To make sure you're ready to begin your studies, the following will be helpful:

  • Academic calendar - you can check term dates including Enrichment Activities Week and your holiday dates on our website.
  • Timetables - you can view your timetable on the KU app, which is available to download from Google Play and Apple.

After you've fulfilled all the conditions of your offer of a place, you'll receive a Welcome Week information pack. The week includes a series of important interactive talks and information sessions introducing you to the University. On certain days you will have your timetabled course induction, while on other days you can choose the welcome events and activities that you wish to attend and to tailor your first week with us.

Before your first day of Welcome Week you are required to complete the first stage of enrolment.

Your student office

The faculty student offices will be your first point of contact for most of your day-to-day queries during your time at Kingston. They're also where you will submit your coursework assignments. They hold details of timetables and modules, plus can provide other administrative information (if you need a reference for example).

  • The music student office is located in Coombehurst House (room KHCH0004) at Kingston Hill. It is open to students from 9.00am -1.00pm and 3.00pm - 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday. You can contact also make any music enquiries on the Penrhyn Road campus (room PRMB0037) on Fridays between 9.00am and 4.00pm or by email to
  • The student office for all other FASS courses is located in the Main Building (room 0037) at Penrhyn Road. It is open to students from 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. You can contact them by email at

You can also call +44 (0)20 8417 2000 and ask to be put through to your relevant student office.

Course administrators

Your course administrator will be your first point of contact during your time at Kingston. They can support you with requests for extensions or mitigating circumstances and any other non-academic queries. Below is the list of FASS course administrators by course:

Melanie Lyall and Sally Essery William Ogden Rebecca Freer (TB1)* Andrew Wright Maggie Hughes Michelle Lambert (TB1)* Olga Tylman

Forensic Psychology;


Politics cluster
Creative Writing;
English Literature;
English Language;
 Law (UG & PG) Music (UG & PG)
* Rebecca Freer and Michelle Lambert will swap in TB2

Studying at a partner college?

If your course is delivered by one of our partner institutions, these pages will give you a flavour of life at Kingston University and the facilities you can come here to use. However, your partner college will also contact you with its own induction information and details about its teaching facilities.

Contact us

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2378
Email us

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