Compact Scheme and care leaver support
The Compact Scheme at Kingston University supports undergraduate students throughout their university journey.
The scheme recognises that students with a strong academic ability from under-represented groups in higher education, including care leavers, may benefit from additional support in order to meet their full potential.
About the Compact Scheme
The Compact Scheme offers you:
- a single point of contact for information, advice and guidance throughout the application, transition and enrolment process and for the duration of your course;
- an invitation to Head Start Summer School, which will help prepare you for student life and support your transition to Kingston University;
- an invitation to Fast Forward, our welcome and induction programme for new Compact Scheme students;
- regular opportunities to stay in touch with the Compact Scheme team through campus drop-in sessions ('pit-stops'), newsletters, emails and phone calls (you can take up as much or as little of the support on offer as you wish);
- workshops and conferences to help motivate and equip you with the skills needed to succeed on your university journey and beyond – topics covered include study skills, money matters and employability;
- email alerts to extra-curricular opportunities such as our Student Ambassador and Student Associate schemes; and
- support as you approach graduation.
Compact Scheme candidates will be given priority for a Kingston University scholarship if all other criteria are met (please note that there is a separate application process – acceptance on the Compact Scheme does not guarantee a scholarship).
Care leaver support
If you are a confirmed care leaver, we offer a variety of support, including a bursary of £1,500 per year in addition to any other financial entitlement (for those who are assessed as 'home' students for fee purposes).
The Compact Scheme journey
Access information, advice and guidance to help you decide which course is right for you.
Come to Head Start and/or Fast Forward to build confidence, make friends and prepare for student life.
Stay in touch with the team, take up extra-curricular opportunities and attend workshops and conferences to get the most out of student life.
The outduction event provides information about your future options and prepares you for life after university.
What our students say...
"I would recommend applying for the Compact Scheme; there's nothing to lose, only a lot to gain! A wide range of support services become available to you, as well as having a single point of contact all year. You get a great early introduction to the University before everyone else, and therefore get to make many new friends before you even start, as well as learning about all the support services available at the University."
Adam, Compact Scheme student
Kingston University was one of the first six higher education institutions to be awarded a Quality Mark from Buttle UK for our commitment to supporting local authority care leavers and our recognition of the particular challenges faced by looked after young people. We are proud that our work in this area has been graded as 'exemplary' by Buttle UK. Find out more about our support for care leavers.