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Kingston University London

At Kingston University, we are passionate about the power of a university education to transform lives and believe strongly in students putting their academic study into practice – ‘learning through doing’.

We are committed to opening higher education up to the whole community; indeed it is an essential part of our ethos. Nearly 60 per cent of our students come from homes where they are the first generation to attend a university and more than 50 per cent from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Many of our students commute from home and many work to support their time at university.

We open up choices – offering students a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, helping them into their careers, to develop their potential and achieve their ambitions. We are equally committed to the development of our staff’s potential, for the benefit of our students and ourselves.

We have been recognised for our work in fair access and inclusivity in higher education and in our support for care leavers, those estranged from families and young carers, through our award-winning KU Cares scheme. We have benefited from two ministerial visits in the past year and been praised for our pioneering work in these areas.

Kingston has a commitment to a comprehensive span of research throughout its disciplines, contributing to the international research agenda across the spectrum of the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Our researchers work with key industry partners across the full range of our disciplines.

The University was the first higher education institution in the United Kingdom to establish a shared reading scheme across the whole university, called the Big Read. Each year staff and students decide on a book that will be available for free on campus and sent to each of our students before their arrival. We like everyone to feel included and aim to create a community that both our staff and students can be proud to be a part of.

Key Facts

  • 2,036 employees
  • 16,499 students
  • Four campuses within four miles of Kingston upon Thames and a faculty run jointly with St George’s, University of London
  • Ranked joint 48th in the United Kingdom in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Awarded a Guardian University 2017 Teaching Excellence Award for the university’s inclusive curriculum framework

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