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If you are due to begin your studies at Kingston University in September 2024 and have a social/communication impairment such as an autistic spectrum condition, then this event is for you!
We understand that starting university can be daunting and nerve-wracking as well as an exciting opportunity. This event is designed to make your transition from secondary school to university smoother and allow you to ask questions and gain an insight into what university life is like.
The programme for the 2024 transition day will be released soon, but you can see the programme for the 2023 transition day below.
|Arrivals and registration at Penrhyn Road
|Introduction to the day
Find our what the day will involve and meet the Disability and Mental Health Team.
|Student life at Kingston
Learn what to expect from your first few weeks at Kingston and hear from our current students in a Q&A session.
|Disabled Students Allowance
Introduction to the process of applying for Disability Students Allowance (DSA) support.
|Breakout sessions (choose one of the following)
|Registering with the Disability and Mental Health Service
|Student-led support groups
Hear from our current students who are part of the Autism Peer Network and the KU Disabled Student Society.
Parents and carers session
A chance for parents to ask their questions and learn how they can support you at university.
A look at what to think about next in terms of your journey to university.
|A chance to chat with the Disability and Mental Health Team one-to-one
|Discover your campus
This session involves travelling to whichever campus your course is based at – we will be travelling there together on the University bus.
We will be hosting a variety of sessions on topics such as what it's like to commute to university or live in halls, managing your sensory needs, navigating group work and the different types of support you that are available to you while you're a student at Kingston. These sessions will be a mixture of talks delivered by our Disability and Mental Health team at Kingston.
You will also get the chance to go on a campus tour so you can see where most of your courses will take place, what the teaching rooms look like and where the quiet study spots are.
There will be a lunch break of one hour with food provided; during this time, you can speak to members of the Disability and Mental Health team one-on-one.
While we strongly encourage you to attend every session to get the most out of this head start to university life, we also understand that not everyone is comfortable meeting new people, and we don't want you to feel under any pressure to participate fully in every discussion or activity. We have reserved a quiet room nearby the main delivery room where you can sit at any point during the day. We have also factored in regular breaks throughout the day.
Although this event is primarily aimed at transition to university for those who have not yet studied at a higher education institution, we also know that a new learning environment can be daunting, too. So please feel free to come along if you are studying at postgraduate level (or if this is not your first time studying at undergraduate level) and think this event could be useful for you.
You are welcome to invite up to two parents/carers/guardians to attend the event with you. Please let us know if you are bringing anyone on the application form. We plan to run part of the day as a separate session for parents/carers/guardians as a chance for them to ask their own questions.
If you have any questions about the event or how to book your space, please contact the Disability and Mental Health team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Disability and Mental Health Team at email@example.com.