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.
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:
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.
Online booking will open in May 2017.
Download the Head Start 2016 programme (PDF).
Watch a video featuring a Head Start event:
Here's just a taste of what will happen at Head Start 2017. For more information you can visit our frequently answered questions.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a total of 450 places available on the Head Start Summer School, 150 places at each event.
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
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.
Only yourself! If you are staying in halls of residence then you will need to bring clothes and toiletries.
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.
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.
You will need to bring clothes, toiletries and a towel; you do not need to bring bedding as this will be provided.
You will be staying in our Seething Wells halls of residence
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.
Yes, you will have your own room. However, the halls will be a mix of female and male.
We only have a limited number of rooms available; priority will be given to those who live more than 20 miles away initially.