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 long-term laptop loans (for the duration of your course) and WiFi grants of up to £150 through our Digital Support Scheme. Applications will open during the summer and outcomes will be communicated by 3 September 2021. You will be required to collect your device on campus once you have completed your enrolment and sign up to our loan policy agreement.
The Digital Support scheme is open to 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:
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. For more information please visit our disability web pages.
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:
See our mature students section for more information.
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:
Find more information about our care leaver support.