Fund great ideas by donating to the Opportunities Fund

Kingston students and staff are brimming with wonderful ideas, but often these ideas need funding to succeed.

That's why the Opportunities Fund provides funding to help innovative projects get off the ground. The Fund is distributed via our own Kingston University crowdfunding site KUBacker, by match funding eligible projects.

Managed by staff and students, projects that the Opportunities Fund supports may:

  • arise out of student necessity,
  • enable academic activities of our students,
  • have positive and lasting impact upon our students' experience at Kingston,
  • benefit other, less fortunate people in the wider Kingston community.

How you can help

By making a donation to the Opportunities Fund, you will enable innovation that can have a positive impact on the lives of our students and the wider community.

Examples of funded projects

KURE MACH 22 Project

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 an 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

ASSEMBLY, BA Graphic Design Show

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

My New Kidney

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, I was able to publish a book in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital. Together with senior clinicians, consultants and play specialists, I created an interactive children's book called My New Kidney, where a child can make it their own, going back for reference and adding to it throughout their transplant journey. It also has pages explaining their care team, diet, medications etc."

Any questions?

Please do get in touch if you have any queries about making a donation to Kingston University.

Call us on: +44 (0) 20 8419 3299

Email us at

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Kingston upon Thames,
Surrey, KT1 2EE