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Welcome to the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (FBSS)

Here you can find out more about getting ready to study a business or social sciences course.You've made an important decision to come to university and we want to help develop you to your full potential. We'll provide you with as much learning advice and guidance as you need, including a personal tutor, academic support and a variety of skills modules which allow you to follow your own path throughout your course. If you're taking a social science or Law course, you'll be learning in a varied, stimulating and academically rigorous environment, with access to lots of extra-curricular activities to support your studies.

If you're taking a course in Kingston Business School, you're coming to one of the largest business schools in the UK and one of only 5% of business schools that is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). This major international recognition reflects our engagement, innovation, and impact in all we do and that we are committed to providing you with the very best education.

Before you arrive and induction

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Your tutors may ask you to do some reading before your first lecture. If so, you'll get your reading list once you've completed the online stage of your enrolment.

What happens when I arrive?

You can find out more about this, your timetable and your start dates once you've completed the online stage of your enrolment.

We hold an induction programme for new students, Welcome Week which begins on Monday 17 September 2018, and is an essential part of your transition into university life. The week includes a series of important interactive talks and information sessions introducing you to the University. On certain days you will have your timetabled course induction, while on other days you can choose the welcome events and activities that you wish to attend and to tailor your first week with us. Before Welcome Week begins, you'll need to complete the online stage of enrolment.

How will we support you?

Tutors have set office hours so it's easy to get one-to-one help and support if required. When you join the course, we assign you a personal tutor to help you throughout your time at the University. You can also get support from individual module leaders or the overall course leaders. Our academic staff are always happy to help. Find out more about student support.

Your student offices

The student offices will be your first point of contact for most of your day-to-day queries during your time at Kingston. The team holds details of timetables and modules and can also help with other administrative information.

You can visit the student offices between 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can contact your course administrator directly by phone or email during normal working hours.

You will meet your course administrator and be given their contact details during your induction sessions.

Kingston Business School student office: BS0007 (ground floor of Business School)
Social Sciences student office: PRMB0037 (ground floor of Main Building at Penrhyn Road campus)

If you're having any problems, need advice or just need some information, the student support team can help with:

  • pastoral support, covering non-course related issues (i.e. personal problems);
  • support if you're feeling homesick or low and would like someone to talk to;
  • advice and guidance for international students
  • signposting to central services (i.e. accommodation, finance); and
  • support for care leavers.

The campus and its resources

Business and social sciences courses are based across two campuses:

  • business courses are taught in Kingston Business School at the Kingston Hill campus; and
  • social science subjects are taught at Penrhyn Road campus.

The Penrhyn Road campus is in the heart of Kingston, about a 10-minute walk from the town centre. It has a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.  Our diverse students from all campuses congregate here as it homes many facilities, including the gym, health centre and the Union of Kingston Students' headquarters.

The Kingston Hill campus is about three miles from Kingston town centre. It is a modern hillside campus set in its own landscaped gardens. It has a real community feel thanks to its many on-site facilities, including teaching rooms and computer labs; halls of residence; and a bar, cafe and restaurant.

The free university bus links all the campuses and halls of residence, so it's easy to get around.

What resources are available?

The high-tech learning resource centres (LRC) house a wide range of resources and services including texts, periodicals, journals and dissertations and audio-visual materials. Remote access to LRC databases means that you can access facilities online from anywhere in the world.At Kingston Hill, the dedicated business library holds major texts, periodicals, journals and computer learning packages. Known as the Nightingale Centre, after Florence Nightingale who was a regular visitor to Kingston, the LRC boasts a variety of learning spaces, with group study rooms, 638 individual study places and 229 fixed computers. A 60-seat learning cafe provides a place to study and socialise.

Kingston Business School students benefit from a dedicated state-of-the-art building with suites, workspaces, social areas and an inspiring atrium and cafe. They can also use the Bloomberg trading room to access real-time commodity prices, market information and data. The service is one of a few of its kind in any university, and gives our students a better understanding of the world of stocks, shares and investments.

In the School of Law, Behavioural and Social Sciences, the Department of Psychology has a range of specialist laboratories, equipped with PCs with statistical analysis and experimental control software. The labs include:

  • specialist equipment for participant observation – with video monitoring and recording apparatus;
  • a sound-attenuated psychoacoustics lab;
  • a cognitive lab;
  • a physiological lab.

Business and Social Sciences students have their own dedicated computer labs and technical support. There are more than 300 computer terminals for the exclusive use of the students (in addition to the University's general computing labs). Some of the labs provide specialist hardware and software for specific courses.

Penrhyn Road campus has a loans room from which students in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences and Kingston School of Art can borrow a wide range of resources for conducting practical work, such as cameras, digital camcorders and tripods, PA systems, microphones, voice recorders, laptops, etc.

Read more about university-wide study resources, such as the library and IT facilities.

Contact us

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2378
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Kingston Business School
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5214
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