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Head Start Summer School

If you are a Compact Scheme student starting your studies here at Kingston University in September, you are invited to join our Head Start Summer School event.

As well as feeling excited at the prospect of starting university, you may also be a little apprehensive about what lies ahead. Our Head Start Summer School is designed to help prepare you for life as an undergraduate student. This three-day event is completely free of charge and includes the chance to stay in our halls.

When does Head Start take place?

Head Start is delivered three times in the summer to allow all Compact Scheme candidates the best possible opportunity to attend. You only need to attend one event from the dates listed below:

  • Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July 2017 – Penrhyn Road
  • Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August 2017 – Kingston Hill
  • Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August 2017 – Penrhyn Road

Attendees are offered two or three nights' free accommodation in our Seething Wells halls of residence, although some students can attend as day delegates. In order to stay in the halls of residence you must be 18 years old or older.

Book your place

Online booking will open in May 2017.

Programme

Download the Head Start 2016 programme (PDF).

Watch a video featuring a Head Start event:

What will happen at Head Start 2017?

Here's just a taste of what will happen at Head Start 2017. For more information you can visit our frequently answered questions.

  • Campus tours.
  • Evening socials and a prize giving.
  • Meet current students and make new friends.
  • Question Time panel with key groups from the University (including Accommodation, Student Life and Health and Wellbeing teams).
  • Workshops with the faculties – meet key teaching staff from your course.
  • Advice sessions on managing budgets and finding part-time work.
  • Advice sessions on how to get involved in university clubs and societies.
  • A workshop for mature learners, disability and dyslexia support.
  • Learn about our learning resources centres (LRCs).

What attendees said about Head Start 2016

  •  "Head Start really does prepare you for life at Kingston University. It was fun being there, the best three days from my summer holiday." – Marsha
  • "I can honestly say it has been a life changing experience, I found all the events engaging and very fun. Thank you." –Muna
  • "Everyone here is the same boat but how easy it is to make new friends. Also some great advice on adjusting to university life." – Harry
  • "I have made friends who will be on different campuses to me that I wouldn't have met if I hadn't attended Head Start." – Rebecca
  • "The Head Start programme has been a fantastic insight into what Kingston University has to offer and I have made some great friends" – Amis
  • "My time at Head Start has been amazing. I have learnt about my course and the sessions on time management and study skills have shown me ways to keep organised." – Katherine

Head Start Summer School frequently asked questions

Accommodation information for Head Start Summer School

What are the benefits of attending the Head Start Summer School?

The Head Start Summer School aims to help prepare you for life as an undergraduate student at Kingston and answer any questions you may have. You will:

  • Begin your student life at Kingston with a whole group of friends you make at the Head Start Summer School.
  • Meet staff and current students who can give you invaluable tips and advice on having a successful first year at university.
  • Get to know the university and how to find your way around.
  • Get top tips on surviving your first semester and adjusting to university life.
  • Feel more confidence about starting in September.
  • Receive guidance on study skills and get an idea of what's expected of you academically.
  • Have the chance to stay in one of the University's halls of residence free of charge (residential option only).

Did you know...? Research findings show that those who feel at home in a university environment; both academically and socially, are statistically more likely to graduate.

When does the Head Start Summer School take place?

  • Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July 2017 – Penrhyn Road
  • Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August 2017 – Kingston Hill
  • Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August 2017 – Penrhyn Road

Residential option: For students who are unable to commute to Head Start each day we will be offering two free nights' accommodation in our Seething Wells halls of residence. Places for these rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and are dependent on the distance you live from the University.

If you are travelling a long distance we have a small number of rooms available for the night before each event please indicate on the booking form if you would like to be considered for a room. There is no cost to stay in accommodation, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation. Please note you must be 18 or older to stay in the halls of residence.

Do I have to attend?

No, it is an optional event however we do advise that you do attend as previous Compact Scheme students have found the event very valuable.

Will I be able to meet current students?

Yes, there will be a number of student ambassadors helping run the event. The students who will be helping run the event will be from a variety of subject areas, ages and backgrounds so you will be sure to meet somebody who you can really relate to.

How many people will be there?

There are a total of 450 places available on the Head Start Summer School, 150 places at each event.

How will I get there?

On your arrival: When you arrive at the campus, follow the registration signs.We'll then ask you for a few brief details and give you all the information you need to make the most of your visit

How much does it cost?

The Head Start Summer School is completely free to attend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner is only provided for those taking part in the evening programmes) will be provided. The only money you may need is to purchase additional food and drink during the event and any spending money for the evening social events.

For those who will be staying in halls of residence your accommodation will be paid for by the University, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.

What will I need to bring?

Only yourself! If you are staying in halls of residence then you will need to bring clothes and toiletries.

Is the Head Start Summer School for mature students?

We recognise the importance of supporting mature students through the transition to university and invite you to attend Head Start. There will be information and guidance sessions at this event specifically targeted towards mature students.

How do I book my place?

To book a place you will need to be holding a firm offer with us and you also need to be registered for the Compact Scheme.

Important: if you book your place on our Head Start Summer School and reserve accommodation you must inform us in writing five days prior to the event if you decide you would no longer like to attend and/or stay in accommodation. Failure to do so may result in you being charged for your room.

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Information for those staying in accommodation

Do I need to bring anything?

You will need to bring clothes, toiletries and a towel; you do not need to bring bedding as this will be provided.

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying in our Seething Wells halls of residence

How much will it cost?

The cost of you stay in the halls of residence is covered by the University, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.

Will I have my own room?

Yes, you will have your own room. However, the halls will be a mix of female and male.

What if I live locally, can I still stay over?

We only have a limited number of rooms available; priority will be given to those who live more than 20 miles away initially.

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Contact us

Kelly Barnett
Access and transitional programmes manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3630
Email us

Contact us

Kelly Barnett
Access and transitional programmes manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3630
Email us

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