Kingston University has a deep and enduring commitment to widening access to Higher Education. The University was named Higher Education Institution of the Year for Widening Access for two consecutive years (NEON Awards 2016 and 2017), and shortlisted in the University of the Year category at the UK Social Mobility Awards in 2019. Our KU Cares scheme has been a significant part of our approach to delivering equality of access and opportunity in higher education since 2006.
KU Cares supports students with experience of local authority care from the point of application, through to graduation and beyond. There are regular opportunities for students to interact with staff who understand the challenges faced by many care-experienced young people, as well as and other students who have spent time in care themselves. Care-experienced students are offered priority places in University accommodation, with a 365-day option. We are also a UNITE Foundation partner university, enabling care leavers to apply for a full accommodation scholarship for the duration of their course.
Care leavers are eligible for an annual £1500 KU Cares Bursary, and may also be eligible for the £2000 Kingston University Bursary (year 1 only). In addition, students have access to hardship funds where appropriate.
We offer a range of targeted on-course development opportunities such as mentoring, paid work opportunities, and placements.
Our recently developed graduation package supports and celebrates students’ success by providing a complimentary gown hire and photography package, a celebration event, and a £1,000 graduation bursary. Students can access tailored support from the University’s Careers Service for up to three years after graduation.
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