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Access and additional support

At Kingston University, we work hard to ensure that students from different backgrounds and circumstances have the opportunity to study, and enjoy their time with us. We offer dedicated access and support services to students with disabilities, mature students, social care leavers and more.

Disabilities: access and support

If you have a disability, specific learning difference or long-term health condition, we can make practical adjustments to help you fully benefit from your studies and student life. Disabled students can access a number of facilities and support services including:

    Special workstations in the LRCs
  • adapted accommodation;
  • Study support, specialist IT equipment and software;
  • disability allowance to help with university finances; and
  • disabled parking.

Our disabilities advisers are on hand to assist you with any academic, financial or living requirements. For more information please visit our disability web pages.

Compact Scheme: fair access

The Compact Scheme is designed to help people from challenging backgrounds to enter into and thrive at university. You are invited to join the Compact Scheme if you are one of the following:

    Compact Scheme offers extra support
  • The first generation in your family to attend university.
  • A mature applicant.
  • Have a household income under £25,000.
  • Have a disability or specific learning difference.
  • Have spent time in social care.

Under certain circumstances, you may also qualify for a bursary to help with your university fees. Learn about the Compact Scheme support and events.

Mature student support

Kingston University is a popular choice for mature students (aged 25 or over), making up around 22 per cent of the population. From the start of your degree you can join the Mature Students' Society and get involved in the Mature Students' Forum for peer-to-peer support. You can also benefit from:

    Mature student support
  • funding support – through our Compact Scheme;
  • part-time study options – to help you balance work and home commitments; and
  • childcare provision – with the excellent university-run nursery.

See our mature students section for more information.

Care leavers support

We are one of the first universities to be awarded a Quality Mark by children's charity, Buttle UK for our commitment to helping young people with a background in social care. Care leavers are supported through the Compact Scheme, giving them guidance on the admissions process, transitioning to higher education or just building confidence and making friends through their events. You also receive useful benefits including:

    Care Leaver support
  • £1,500 bursary, to help with fees each year; and
  • priority when applying for halls of residence.

Find more information about our care leaver support.

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Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

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