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Head Start aims to help prepare you for life as an undergraduate student at Kingston and answer any questions you may have. You will:
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Head Start will take place this summer, between July and September.
There will be a mixture of three-day and one-day events that will be held in person at Kingston University, as well as an online event to choose from, which are all completely free to attend.
If you register for one of our three-day events, then two nights' free accommodation in Seething Wells halls of residence is available. Places for these rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If rooms are oversubscribed they will be prioritised for attendees unable to commute to the event each day. If you are travelling from a long distance we have a small number of rooms available for the night before the event. Please note we can only offer accommodation to applicants who are aged 18 or over at the time of the Head Start event you would like to attend.
The dates for our Head Start events will be added in due course.
At each of our events there will be lots of sessions focusing on different topics that will help you gain an understanding about university life and prepare you for your course. You will also meet other new students, as well as having lots of opportunities to ask us questions. Some of the sessions we offer surround developing your academic skills, providing accommodation information, student money advice, health and wellbeing support, and much more! Alongside these informative sessions we have planned lots of fun activities too.
No, attending Head Start is optional. However our previous Head Start students have found the event very valuable.
Yes, there will be a number of student ambassadors taking part in the Head Start programme. Our ambassadors are all current students and will be from a variety of subject areas, ages and backgrounds so you will be sure to meet somebody who you can really relate to.
You can take a look at some of our current students' profiles, and they are available to chat to you if you have a specific question, or you would just like to say hello before you join us at one of our events.
It is completely free to take part in Head Start. All you need to do is complete our application form to register.
If you are attending our in-person events at Kingston University, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Dinner will also be available for those taking part in the evening activities.
Financial support will be available to help with travel costs to attend our Head Start events. Further information on how to apply for this will be provided nearer the time of each event after your booking has been confirmed. However, if you are concerned that travelling costs may prevent you from booking and attending Head Start, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
You may wish to bring some money with you to purchase additional food and drinks during the event if you require.
For those who will be staying in halls of residence, your accommodation will be paid for by the university, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.
We recognise the importance of supporting mature students (aged 21 or over on 1 September before you start your course) through their transition to university, and welcome a significant number of mature learners at all Head Start events each year. There will be information and guidance specifically targeted towards mature students so please take part.
However, we will be hosting and exclusive Mature Learner Preparation Day if you would rather attend this Head Start event instead.
We are currently not accepting applications for Head Start 2023, but all undergraduate applicants will be notified when our booking form opens.
To book a place for our in person events then you must be a Home applicant holding a firm offer for an undergraduate course at Kingston University. Places at Head Start are prioritised for applicants who meet at least one of the following criteria:
If you do not meet any of the eligibility criteria, but would like to be part of Head Start, then we recommend that you still complete the booking form. The Head Start Team will then review your application and inform you if a place becomes available at one of our in person events.
Important: If you book a place at Head Start and reserve accommodation you must contact us in writing five working days prior to the event if you decide you would no longer like to attend and/or stay in accommodation. Failure to do so may result in you being charged for your room, and there may be another person on our waiting list who would like to attend the event in your place.
Our in-person events are only open to Home applicants, however if you are an international applicant with a Firm offer to study an undergraduate course at Kingston University then you will be able to join us for our Head Start Online programme.
The date of our Head Start Online event will be added in due course.
Firstly, you will need to complete our booking form to register for one of our Head Start events. Once you have submitted your application, the Head Start team will be in touch to confirm your place and provide you with further details about the event.
However, if you have any questions then please contact us.
You will need to bring clothes, toiletries and a towel. However you do not need to bring bedding or kitchen utensils as these will be provided.
You will be staying in our Seething Wells halls of residence.
The cost of your stay in the halls of residence is covered by the University, providing you stay for the full three days of the event. If you do not stay for the duration of the event you may be charged for your accommodation.
Your breakfast and lunch will be provided, and dinner will also be available for those taking part in the evening activities. However, you may wish to bring some money with you to purchase additional food and drinks during the event if you require.
Yes, you will have your own room with en-suite facilities. However, the flat you will be staying in may be a mix of female and male students, who will also be attending the Head Start event.
We will do our very best to accommodate everyone who wants to stay in halls. However, if rooms are oversubscribed, then priority will be given to those who live more than 15 miles away.
If you have any questions, please contact us.