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Access participation and inclusion

Kingston University is proudly committed to fair access and providing equality of opportunity within higher education. Our student community is made up of a diverse mix of ethnicities and nationalities and includes high numbers of care leavers, mature learners, and young people who are the first in their family to go to university. We place enormous value on our students' rich variety of backgrounds and life experiences and have created a whole institution culture that celebrates and supports diversity throughout the student lifecycle.

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 2019/20.

View the University's access and participation plan for students starting their course in 2020/21.


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.


Our distinctive Head Start events help new students settle into higher education through a carefully designed programme of activities and workshops that have been shown to enhance engagement and success.


In addition to a wide range of student support services, we provide dedicated financial and pastoral assistance to care-experienced young people, young independent students who are estranged from their family, young adult carers and forced migrants through our KU Cares scheme.


We offers a range of activities designed to enrich the university experience and help all students develop the skills and attributes sought by employers. Opportunities such as mentoring, volunteering and social innovation projects are delivered within or alongside the curriculum. Find out more about our enrichment programmes.

For students by students

Our trained team of student ambassadors help to plan and run our outreach activity and support programmes alongside 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, while gaining valuable work experience.

Financial support

At least 400 bursaries of £2,000 will be made available to students who start courses at Kingston University in September 2020. 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 an additional 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 Access Participation and Inclusion
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3031
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Contact us

Jenni Woods
Head of Access Participation and Inclusion
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3031
Email us

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Proudly recognised for social mobility advancement 2019

  • 2016 and 2017 - NEON Higher Education Institution of the Year
  • 2017 - Winner: Times Higher Education Award for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year (The Big Read)
  • 2015 - Runner up - Guardian University Awards for Student Diversity and Widening Participation (KU Cares)
  • 2014 - Highly Commended: Times Higher Education Award for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year (KU Cares) 
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