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Our world is becoming more interconnected through advances in technology. Society is changing at pace and employers need graduates who bring innovation, enterprise and digital and creative problem solving skills into the workplace.
Through our Town House Strategy, Kingston University will meet these challenges by delivering a progressive new model of education. We will partner with businesses and other external bodies to support innovation, and generate and disseminate knowledge. Collaboration and innovation will underpin everything we do.
We will enable our students to develop the future skills and personal attributes to prosper in their careers and focus our research, knowledge exchange, and professional practice where it can have impact and drive innovation.
Our vision is for Kingston University to be sought after by students and staff as a place to further their ambitions and to have impact on our communities. Our students and staff will be sought after for their skills, knowledge and ability to innovate.
Our mission is to enhance students' life chances, support staff ambitions and strengthen Kingston University's impact on industry, policy and the professions to enable a sustainable future socially, economically and environmentally.
We strive to be:
To value the diversity of students and staff, treating all our community with respect.
To apply new methods or ideas to drive progress.
To pursue excellence for individuals, the University and our communities.
To recognise and act on opportunities.
Our new strategy will transform our students' education by embedding the future skills sought by business and the professions across our curriculum. It will also give greater prominence, visibility and support to research and knowledge exchange. Equally importantly, it will help create a culture of high performance that is inclusive, innovative, ambitious and enterprising.
"The strategy will ensure our graduates, our staff and the University itself are sought after. Students will seek to broaden their knowledge and skills at Kingston University because it will help them make the most of their higher education; staff will choose to work at the University because they can be effective, innovative and develop their careers; and businesses, organisations and government bodies will seek to partner with us because of our approach, expertise and values."
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steven Spier
Kingston University is leading the way in a major campaign highlighting the importance of skills for innovation and the vital role they play in driving a thriving national economy. The results of our latest survey, conducted with support from YouGov and sampling more than 2,000 businesses and 1,000 students, demonstrate that key attributes such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, adaptability and creativity remain among the core skills most valued by employers.
Read the latest findings and recommendations in our report (PDF), launched at the House of Commons in June 2022, and learn more about what the government, sector regulators, employers and universities can do next to deliver future skills and help secure the UK's economic prosperity.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier set out the need for a progressive new model of education focused on delivering the skills for innovation required by industry during a House of Lords Communications and Digital select committee hearing.
Professor Spier shared key findings from the University's Future Skills campaign as part of the Committee's inquiry into the UK's creative future, as well as recommendations for how business and education policy could better support the delivery of these skills.
Future Skills will be taught across all courses in all subject areas at Kingston University through our new Navigate programme, ensuring graduates develop the skills, experience and opportunities to thrive in their careers.
All undergraduate courses will incorporate personal development sessions within first year modules from September 2023, equipping students with the communication, problem solving and creative thinking skills employers most value.