Have you ever had a great idea that never saw the light of day because you didn't have the support or the money to make it work?
Kingston staff and students are brimming with wonderful ideas, that's why the Opportunities Fund is giving seed-corn funding to help get the right projects off the ground. The Opportunities Fund is distributed via our own Kingston University crowdfunding site KUBacker by match funding projects.
Managed by staff and often led by the students, the projects may:
Kingston University Rocket Engineering (KURE) were able to enter the UK-wide university rocket building competition Mach 22 at Machrihanish Airbase, Scotland. The KURE team won first prize in the combined category of launching a L-Class rocket.
"The matched funding on KUBacker allowed us to have much more freedom in our project and purchase items we normally could not buy. It gave us the opportunity to take the entire team to Scotland, so they could see their hard work pay off." Erika McDowell, KURE
After two interrupted years with Covid-19, Graphic Design students put on a final year show to properly display their work to industry, family and friends at the Copland Gallery, London.
"The funding from KUBacker enabled us to dream bigger and push our potential to the fullest. With the help of the donations, we managed to produce an exhibition that we felt did justice to our work and our time at Kingston. We are forever grateful to the donors for their support and feel proud of what we achieved with their help." Ben Hopley, BA Graphic Design, 2022
After facing health problems herself, Illustration alumna Giorgia worked with Kingston staff and students to support her in writing and illustrating a book to tell children what they might expect when getting a kidney transplant.
Thanks to the Opportunities Fund, Giorgia was able to publish this in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital. Together with senior clinicians and consultants and play specialists, she created an interactive children's book called My New Kidney, with the premise the child can make it their own, going back for reference and adding to it throughout their transplant journey, with pages explaining their care team, diet, medications etc.
Every single donation we receive will have a positive impact on the lives of our students and will benefit the wider community. Your generosity will make a real difference.