Health Centre The centre offers variety of services for students' health and happiness. The services vary from medical, health, therapies, confidential counseling and sexual advice.
The centre also provides amazing opportunities for trainee counselors and psychotherapists.
Faith Groups The University understands that some students have religious beliefs that they may wish to practice during their time of study. For this, the university has created a section where people of all religious beliefs and/or cultural background to practice their faith.
Christian students have prayer room in each campus where they can meditate, pray and have group discussion in different topics. Bibles and books are available for use.
There is a Christian minister in the campus that works alongside volunteers of faith advisers of different communities and background.
For Muslims, there is a prayer room located on both Penryhn Road and Kingston Hill campuses where Friday prayers and Khutba's are held. Here, Muslim students can discuss topics in relation to their religion, Islam and meet other students sharing their beliefs.
Student Funding The Student Funding Service has understanding and experienced staff that can provide expert advice, help and information on all kind of money matters. The service enlightens students of their entitlement and offers guidance on how to apply for them.
Students can receive advice on how to manage debt and can book for a confidential one to one appointment. They also have drop-in times and happy to take calls or emails where you can talk about budgeting and give important tips on how to make your money last.
English Language Support The University offers Language support for those students whose first language may not be English. Here students can bring their work to be checked for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. The University offers workshops in order to improve student's writing skills in the forms of producing essays for example, and also to guide students in their written English.
Disability and Dyslexia The University understands that there are students with special needs and provides them with both disability and dyslexia support. The service offer advice and give all material and financial support the requires by individuals which help to improve the academic work and build they confidence.
Citizen's Advice Bureau The University has a Citizen's Advice Bureau, where students can go should they require advice and information relating to legal matters. The staff are equipped with a good understanding of the law and offer advice and information wherever possible.
Firstly I'd like to say Happy New Year! Whatever stage of your education, whether that be at A level, applying to universities, taking a gap year or if you are already at Uni, coming back from a nice relaxing Christmas break is always a good opportunity to make a fresh start and hit the ground running. The next six months will probably be a lot of hard work as it's when most exams and deadlines are set.
I use January as a chance to re-organise myself, clear the backlog of things I've been meaning to do for ages but never got round to doing. Personally, this really helps me to focus on what's important without other distractions. So here are the first things I did when I got back to Uni last week:
Firstly, I gave my room and the entire house I share with three other (pretty messy) students a good clean and tidy. Have you ever heard the saying tidy room tidy mind? This is definitely true, there's nothing better than sitting down at a clear desk to complete an assignment and everything is in order around you, instead of the usual chaos of my bedroom. Do all laundry, hoover in places that may have never seen a hoover before, organise books and folders in to a system to make them easier to access when you actually need them.
Then, after casually ignoring most of my emails whist on my Christmas holiday, it was time to go through them all and update my calendar and diary with all the important dates and deadlines not to be missed. Also, in the first classes of the semester lecturers give out important exam dates be sure to write these down too.
The last thing I did was to sort out my finances for the next few months, adding up all my incomings and my outgoings and drawing up a rough budget that I will try and stick to (... I said TRY)! I think this is the most important one because money worries can really bring you down and when you should be focusing on end of year exams you don't need other stresses like money troubling you.
Posted 29 Jan 2014 by Teddy (Teodora)
I guess I could have written a more general post about any university. However, I decided to draw from my own experience and tell you what you can do at Kingston, rather than anywhere else.
Now, making the most of your time at university means getting involved as much as possible. You need to make up your mind and have a set of clear goals. It's perfectly natural for your goals to change but bear with me. I'll give you a simple example:
I am a TV & New Broadcasting Media with English Literature student. The fact that I have combined two subjects rather than doing a single degree enables me to enter multiple fields. If I wanted to, I could go into TV, PR, film, production work, publishing, editing or writing. However, quite a few of my jobs throughout my university career have been marketing orientated. For instance, I worked for the marketing team at the Students' Union during my second year, my current job is within a media evaluation company, connected to marketing and so on.
Precisely this mixed experience that I have accumulated would enable me to go into a variety of fields. Perhaps, I would even gain a better understanding of what I would like to do before I complete my degree. I have also been part of various societies, which gives me something to talk about. I have pretty much done every Open, Taster and Post-application day since I have started working for the university and that shows my commitment. Kingston also gave me the opportunity to complete a Leadership Course, for which I have a certificate. That has conveniently gone on my CV under my skills section. I have also been a student and course representative which shows that I am responsible.
Now, I am not saying all this to boast or convince you in how much I have accomplished because, let's face it, I procrastinate at times just like anybody else. My point is that if you'd like to do any of these things- you could. Moreover, these are the sort of things you will have going for you once you go on the market, looking for a job. My point is, first and foremost, to get involved. There are a variety of sports and volunteering opportunities at Kingston and you never know who you will be able to meet and what the connections you make will lead you to.
I started just like anybody else. I didn't know anybody. However, I was sure in one thing- I would get to know people and through them I will get to know who I am and what I would like to do. In a sense, that is how you make most of your time at university. You make connections, you work, you find friends and you end up having a better understanding of what the next stages of your life will be. That's why I came to Kingston University. That's how I have been making the most of my time here.