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University is more than just your course – it's about discovering who you are, experiencing new things, having fun and meeting new people. That's why our dedicated Student Enrichment team aim to connect you to a range of activities that will help you develop, both inside the classroom and out, so you graduate with more than just your degree.
We also think it's important that our students help shape our community and services. Throughout your time here we'll work in partnership with you to give you the opportunity to feed into, and influence, important University matters relevant to learning, teaching and support. We'll provide and support opportunities for you to tackle social challenges and make a difference within your community.
In addition to having a mentor yourself, you also have the opportunity to become a mentor. Not only is it rewarding to support others, you'll also develop key skills such as active listening, empathy and rapport building.
Academic Mentoring – Experienced peers are recruited, trained and supported to facilitate the learning of students in the year(s) below to increase student success.
Beyond Barriers Mentoring Scheme – Second year, third year and postgraduate students can apply to be paired with a professional mentor who you meet regularly over six months.
Our Course Rep programme empowers students to positively shape their university experience, providing unique opportunities to feedback on student experiences within their course and faculty.
Course Reps work closely with staff to bring about student-led change that will have an impact for current and future students.
You can find all our enrichment opportunities on KUextra – our online platform. Discover activities, events and opportunities outside of the timetable that will benefit you personally and academically – from arts and languages, social and sports groups, to academic and careers support.
Go to the KUextra website, or use the KU app, to find out more about the opportunities available to you when you join Kingston University.
The Kingston Award enables you to build and communicate the skills you gain by taking part in activities alongside your course.
This improves your job applications and interviews, now and after graduation. It also develops your sense of belonging to a wider community.
The Kingston Award bronze, silver and gold certificates reward you for making the most of your time at university. Crucially the award is included in your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) which helps to showcase your skills to potential employers.
Earning while you learn has never been so much fun with our range of opportunities for casual work on campus.
Our student ambassadors share their experiences with schools and colleges, at Open Days, welcome, halls and graduation events. You can also work in the library, as a fundraiser, or in Clearing.
You can choose the hours that fit around your studies and other commitments, and gain experience for your CV.
Staff and students work together as equality champions where they share ideas and develop projects to make Kingston a better, more inclusive place to work and study. They promote positive conversations, enhance our inclusive community and celebrate the diversity of both staff and students.
We bring together a team of students to work as curriculum consultants. They draw upon their diverse knowledge and experiences to inject new ideas and enthusiasm into the curriculum and improve the way teaching is delivered.
A programme developing students' confidence, leadership and resilience as well as developing a strong support network.
This scheme enables our students and staff to work on the design and implementation of educational research.
It allows our students to undertake paid research in an academic environment and concentrates on enhancing the experience of our students, particularly those from underrepresented groups.
We run several student competitions throughout the academic year including our bag design competition, which saw one of our students designs printed and then given to new students on campus during Welcome Week.
Students and staff work together on special consultancy projects throughout the year.
A recent project included two students taking on roles as Accessibility Connectors, where they researched and designed an online training package for staff to understand how they can best support students with a disability.
Kingston Hub brings together all the exciting volunteering opportunities you can take part in. The external organisation is embedded in the Enrichment Team and provides opportunities for students to tackle social challenges and engage with the local community.
Whether you'd like to mentor school pupils or tackle elderly isolation, you'll give back and gain valuable experiences for yourself.
Visit the Kingston Hub website for more information.