Our package includes financial support, access to year-round accommodation, access to internal and external opportunities including paid work, mentoring schemes, social and networking events, and contribution to research. This is in addition to advocacy across the university and within your local authority and a dedicated KU Cares team to support you through your application, time at University, graduation and beyond. You will be eligible for our pre-application support which includes our Head Start summer programme.
If you have any questions or are unsure of your eligibility please email us.
In recognition of the challenges sometimes experienced by KU Cares eligible students (including personal and educational disruption), grade flexibility may be applied if a KU Cares student doesn't meet the conditions of their offer, on an individual case/course basis. Student must contact the KU Cares team to discuss at confirmation stage.
All information provided by students will be held in the strictest confidence, and only shared when necessary and with your permission.
We provide support for UK undergraduate students who are under the age of 25 when they start their course and are part of the following groups. Please check your eligibility and evidence required for the scheme on the relevant pages.
We are here to support you throughout your journey at Kingston University – before you join us, all the way through to graduation.
I'm your main point of contact if you are a student/keyworker from foyers, hostels, charities and/or local authorities.
I'm here to help with queries on Student Finance, Accommodation and Home Office checks (Sanctuary Awards), and will be your link to academic faculty support.
Contact me by email at email@example.com.
I'm your main point of contact if you are a student/Social Worker/ Advisor from local authorities and third sector organisations including Carers' Networks.
I'm here to advise on Student Finance queries, Accommodation questions, Leaving Care provisions, and will be your link to academic faculty support.
Contact me by email at B.Taswell@kingston.ac.uk.
Two Government Ministers have praised Kingston University for its sector-leading work helping students who are care leavers or estranged from their families move on to higher education and get the opportunity to complete a degree.
"Coming to University was a dream that seemed to be unreachable for people like me. Completing my degree successfully is an unexplainable and overwhelming feeling. Thank you to the Compact Scheme for believing in me when I was doubting my abilities. You stood by me when the odds were against me and supported me throughout my degree."
Care leaver graduate
Our support package, KU Cares, has won recognition as ‘Highly commended' at the NEON Awards May 2019, ‘runner up' at the Guardian University Awards, March 2015 and ' highly commended' at the Times Higher Awards, November 2014.