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Access and participation

Kingston University is proudly committed to fair access and providing opportunities for all with the ability to succeed. Our student community is made up of a diverse mix of ethnicities and nationalities and includes a significant proportion of care leavers, mature learners, and young people who are the first in their family to go to university.

As part of its registration with the Office for Students, the University has agreements and plans that set out our commitment to improving equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds. Students are covered for the duration of their course by the most recent agreement or plan that is in place when they start their studies.

View the University's access agreements for all years up to 2018/19.

View the University's access and participation plan for students starting their course in 2019/20.

Support to succeed

We have a dedicated programme - Head Start - that has been designed to help students settle into higher education through a programme of prepatory events, and transitional workshops that have been shown to enhance engagement and success.

We also provide dedicated financial and pastoral support for students leaving local authority care, young independent students who are estranged from their family, young adult carers and asylum seekers through our KU Cares scheme.

Outreach

Our Education Liaison and Outreach team works with school children, from primary to sixth form, students in further education and mature learners with no previous university experience. We provide impartial information, advice and guidance to enable learners of all ages and backgrounds to consider higher education for their future. Find out more about our work with schools and colleges.

For students by students

Our trained team of student ambassadors help to plan and run our outreach activity and support programmes alongside our professional staff. Many ambassadors come from non-traditional backgrounds themselves and become role models for younger students, showcasing the many opportunities offered by higher education.

Financial support

There are a minimum of 250 bursaries of £2,000 available to students who start courses at Kingston University in September 2018. Find out more about the eligibility criteria and application process. If you are leaving local authority care or are estranged from your family, you may also be eligible for a bursary of £1,500 for each progressive year of study – find further information about financial support for KU Cares students.

Contact us

Jenni Woods
Head of widening participation
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3031
Email us

Contact us

Jenni Woods
Head of widening participation
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3031
Email us

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