Kingston University is proudly committed to fair access and providing opportunities for all with the ability to succeed. As a result we are one of the most diverse and vibrant universities in the UK. Our student community is made up of a diverse mix of ethnicities and nationalities and includes a significant proportion of care leavers, mature learners, and young people who are the first in their family to go to university.
View the University's access agreement with the Office for Fair Access.
We have a dedicated programme to enable all students from non-traditional university backgrounds to excel, called the Compact Scheme. Members have a single point of contact for advice and guidance from application to graduation and a programme of preparatory summer schools, social events, transitional workshops and extra-curricular opportunities that have been shown to enhance engagement and success.
We also provide dedicated support for young people leaving local authority care, those who are estranged from their family and young adult carers through our KU Cares scheme. Our work has been recognised as exemplary by Buttle UK. KU Cares provides financial and one-to-one pastoral support in addition to workshops and events throughout the year to support our students with their studies.
We start early – our Education Liaison team works with local school children, from five year olds to sixth-formers, students in further education and mature learners with no previous university experience. We provide impartial information, advice and guidance to enable learners of all ages and backgrounds to consider higher education for their future. Find out more about our work with schools and colleges.
Our trained team of student ambassadors help to plan and run our outreach activity and support programmes alongside our professional staff. Many ambassadors come from non-traditional backgrounds themselves and become role models for younger students, showcasing the many opportunities offered by higher education.
There are a minimum of 250 bursaries of £2,000 available to students who start courses at Kingston University in September 2016. Find out more about the eligibility criteria and application process. If you are leaving local authority care or are estranged from your family, you may also be eligible for a bursary of £1,500 for each progressive year of study – find out further information about financial support for KU Cares students.