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Welcome and Induction

Please remind your child that it is crucial that all students read and keep all the information that the University sends them. Where they need to complete and return any forms to the University, it is important that they do so as soon as possible.

When does my child start at Kingston University?

For most students their first week is Kingston University Welcome Week (17-23 September 2018), however for some students on particular courses their first week may be a little earlier.

Kingston University Welcome Week is compulsory and will help them settle in, meet new people and get to know their course and the support services available to them.  It will provide them with all the essentials that they need in the next part of their exciting journey with us.

What should my child do before they arrive at Kingston?

Remind them to watch out for our Welcome Week emails and information explaining how to complete their first stage of enrolment online. Completing the first stage of enrolment online will make the completion of their enrolment on-campus (as part of their course induction) much easier.

It is important that they read and check these emails carefully as they contain critical information and instructions. This will help them plan their Welcome Week, make sure they are prepared to get the most out of their time with us, and give them information on what support they can expect.

They should also read the General Student Regulations within the policies and regulations section so they understand their rights and responsibilities when joining the University.

Our Getting Ready site has lots of useful tips and information on topics including enrolment, how to get their finances sorted before joining and key information about their course and faculty.

Further information will also be available from 16 July 2018 on the Kingston University Welcome Week website.

What should my child do once they arrive?

Download and follow their induction timetable (available from the Kingston University Welcome Website) which will provide information on their course induction, when to enrol and times when they can participate in Welcome events.

New students should also visit the Engagement Room (ER) to collect a FREE Starter Pack and find out more about the support available. We encourage all students to register for the onsite University doctors' surgery too.

The Union of Kingston Students' also run a programme of events during KU Welcome Week, to dovetail into the University activities

Please do explore the Getting Ready and Kingston University Welcome website (live in July) to find what support is on offer for your child as well as things they can get involved with to ensure they have a good start to their university life.

Examples of services and activities include: 

  • Student Wellbeing Services including an onsite GP surgery;
  • Onsite Fitness Centre;
  • Information Points on each site within each library;
  • Union of Kingston Students volunteering opportunities and societies; 
  • NUS Extra card;
  • Careers and employability service;
  • Alumni Association; 
  • Student Life Service including advice on disability support, funding and childcare and student housing; and
  • Student HUB - an online 24/7 resource.

Can I find out about my child's attendance?

Due to legal constraints we cannot provide direct responses to third-party enquiries, including those of parents, in relation to students time at university. This includes attendance, health, performance or relationships. We are able to offer general advice to parents and can request that students contact/inform their family but they are under no obligation to do so.

If there is an emergency, can I contact my child?

We know that most students will use mobile phones, email and social media and that most contact is made through these channels. However, you can also contact the University usually through the Faculty Student Office or halls of residence in an emergency.

What are the term dates?

The University's standard academic year runs from September to late May/early June, divided into three teaching blocks.

Some courses may start at a different time and specific information will be sent directly to your child ahead of the start of the academic year. We also ensure that students studying undergraduate courses of different lengths are able to stay in halls of residence until after their final term has finished.

Detailed information about attendance patterns, and any changes to the standard term dates of course should be available from the relevant Faculty Student Office.

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000