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.
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 ranging from 3-days to just 1-day, taking place between July to September. In order to attend one of our Head Start events 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 per cent 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.