At Kingston University, we work hard to ensure that students from different backgrounds and circumstances have the opportunity to study, and enjoy their time with us. We offer dedicated access and support services to students with disabilities, mature students, young people leaving public care and more.
We recognise some students will need additional digital support to access learning and therefore offer a Digital Support Scheme which provides a long-term laptop loan (for the duration of your course) and a one-off WiFi grant of up to £150 for new entrants who meet the following eligibility criteria:
We hope to provide support to all students who qualify based on the above criteria. In the event that applications exceed the number of devices available, priority will be given to applicants who also meet one or more of the following criteria:
Applications are open from Monday 5 July and will close on Monday 23 August at 9am. Outcomes will be communicated before the start of term in September 2021. If your application is successful, you'll be invited to collect your loaned device on campus once you have completed your enrolment, with WiFi grant payments made a few weeks after your enrolment has been confirmed.
If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact the team on DSS@kingston.ac.uk
If you have a disability, specific learning difference or long-term health condition, we can make practical adjustments to help you fully benefit from your studies and student life. Disabled students can access a number of facilities and support services including:
Our disability advisers are on hand to assist you with any academic, financial or living requirements.
Head Start aims to support the access, transition and success of individuals from groups under-represented in higher education. Head Start is an orientation programme which has been designed to help individuals prepare for life as an undergraduate student. We offer a series of events taking place between July to September. In order to attend Head Start you must be a Home/EU student holding a firm offer for an undergraduate course at Kingston University and meet at least one of the following criteria:
However, if you do not meet any of the above criteria, but would like to attend Head Start, then we recommend that you still complete the booking form. We will then place you on a waiting list and inform you if a place becomes available.
If you have any questions about our eligibility criteria then please contact us for more information.
Kingston University is a popular choice for mature students (aged 21 or over), making up around 38% of the student population (figures from 2014 academic year). From the start of your degree you can join the Mature Students' Society and get involved in the Mature Students' Forum for peer-to-peer support. You can also benefit from:
We were one of the first universities to be awarded a Quality Mark by children's charity Buttle UK for our commitment to helping young people with a background in social care.
Care leavers are supported through KU Cares, giving them guidance on the admissions process, transitioning to higher education or just building confidence and making friends through their events. You will also receive useful benefits including: