Kingston University

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Founded

1992

Description

Kingston University is a public research university located in Kingston upon Thames, South West London.

The university first opened as Kingston Technical Institute in 1899, offering a wide range of courses for its students such as dressmaking, clay modelling and electric wiring.

By 1970 the institute had become Kingston Polytechnic, and was home to 34 leading courses. It wasn’t until 1992, almost 100 years after it was first established, that Kingston Polytechnic turned into the Kingston University it is today.

Located in a historic riverside town between the borders of London and Surrey, the university is surrounded by shops, bars, pubs and restaurants. Kingston upon Thames also has easy access to countryside and city: it is close to both Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace and Central London is just a 25-minute train journey away.

Possessing over 2,500 staff and an annual budget of around £203 million, the university is one of the town’s biggest employers, adding £500 million to the local economy each year. Furthermore, its researchers and academics assist local organisations, using their specialised skill-sets in support of the community.

The university also offers a host of public lectures, exhibitions and performances, and opens its sports and health facilities to local residents and businesses.

As well as contributing to the community, Kingston University prides itself on its sustainable development and ranks near the top of the People and Planet’s Green League Table. Moreover, it collaborates with the local community on environmental projects, such as recycling.

Kingston is home to five faculties and four campuses: Penrhyn Road (the centre of student activity), Kingston Hill (set in landscaped gardens), Knights Park (home to a riverside setting) and Roehampton Vale (modern and within close proximity to Richmond Park). All of these campuses are connected by the university’s free inter-site bus service.

Former students of Kingston university include the English actor Ben Barnes, and the famous accessories and handbag designer, Sophie Hulme.

Specific details

Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Medicine and Healthcare, Life Science and Biology, Social Science, Law, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology

Location

United Kingdom
River House, 53-57 High Street, Kingston upon Thames , KT1 1LQ, London, United Kingdom

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Melissa
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Upon enrolment at Kingston University I instantly knew I was going to fit in - it's hard not to! It's such a friendly and diverse University overall - across all of their four campuses. You instantly are welcomed to the community throughout an...

Upon enrolment at Kingston University I instantly knew I was going to fit in - it's hard not to! It's such a friendly and diverse University overall - across all of their four campuses. You instantly are welcomed to the community throughout an amazing week of freshers activities and workshops. My journey throughout my past two years at Kingston has been nothing short of amazing. I have succeeded in my studies, professionally and gained excellent work experience as a Student Ambassador too. The opportunities the University offers are endless and second to none. All lecturers are helpful and supportive and have mountains of experience and knowledge for students to learn from! Overall I cannot commend this University highly enough and would definitely recommend prospective students with Kingston as their options to go to their open days and really consider Kingston as their first options!

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I enjoyed studying here, it's a brilliant nursing school. However the nursing campus is pretty far from the other buildings so we missed out on a lot of the student union events. This made it harder to meet people outside of our course.

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Ruqaiyah
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I really like Kingston university, the amount of support provided to students is abundant, whether it is for vocabulary and grammar checks to help with financial and problems at home. The environment is amazing as well with a wide diversity of...

I really like Kingston university, the amount of support provided to students is abundant, whether it is for vocabulary and grammar checks to help with financial and problems at home. The environment is amazing as well with a wide diversity of Student, making everyone feel like they are apart of something with a range of societies to join. There are ethnic societies as well as sport societies, hence there is something for everyone. The only thing I do not like about Kingston University is that is does not have much green space as it is a city university and the library is quite small in relation to the number of people that come Kingston. Nonetheless the library has a wide range of books and it's really nice with different study areas to suit what's best for you.

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I attend the Penrhyn Road campus which due to the proximity of buildings had a community feel to it. At the time, The library and campus lacked enough computers for students to but I'm sure that has changed. Some lecturers were very proactive and...

I attend the Penrhyn Road campus which due to the proximity of buildings had a community feel to it. At the time, The library and campus lacked enough computers for students to but I'm sure that has changed. Some lecturers were very proactive and invested in their students learning whereas others would simply read a PowerPoint presentation. The university should have supported students more in what their career paths will be after university and what skills they will need for their chosen path. Better emphasis and opportunity should have been provided in the industry so students have a better chance of obtaining work after university. Lots of support for students who have low household incomes

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This University is very bland, there is no help whatsoever and a lack or resources make it really a drag to go to that University. The lack of resources really impact how you study so you have to make sure you find your own resources to make sure...

This University is very bland, there is no help whatsoever and a lack or resources make it really a drag to go to that University. The lack of resources really impact how you study so you have to make sure you find your own resources to make sure you stay on target. All the societies and student Union are very disorganised and not to a standard you expect from a university. Most of the professors don't really care what happens to their student and literally a professor left just the institute before summer ended and left third years scrambling for someone to teach them because they did not have enough teacher that new particular module well.

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Neelam
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I do geniuley like the university and its campus surroundings, I like the green spaces and clubs/societies the university has to offer. I met my life friends there and would personally would recommend the university as it offers a range of...

I do geniuley like the university and its campus surroundings, I like the green spaces and clubs/societies the university has to offer. I met my life friends there and would personally would recommend the university as it offers a range of multiple courses/ varied programmes to choose from.

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Willie
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I'm taking computer science, currently on my second year of the course, and I feel that, though the course might have some shortcomings, it has been engaging and interesting throughout, and the shortcomings I mentioned are primarily...

I'm taking computer science, currently on my second year of the course, and I feel that, though the course might have some shortcomings, it has been engaging and interesting throughout, and the shortcomings I mentioned are primarily organisational problems that arose from the university significantly updating the course in recent years. The university offers many opportunities for enterprising students to get an advantage on the job market for when they graduate, such as programmes for part-time work for local SMEs, academic mentoring positions, and both part-time and full-time positions in various departments in the university ranging from student ambassadors to technical support and work on inhouse development projects. Overall, I think that Kingston University is a very solid choice for anyone who is willing to put in the work to develop in this field.

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The University is great with providing the required resources to help with different courses, for me personally i like the cyber lab and the library as they have a nice relaxing environment to study in.You can either study in groups , alone in a...

The University is great with providing the required resources to help with different courses, for me personally i like the cyber lab and the library as they have a nice relaxing environment to study in.You can either study in groups , alone in a quite area or you can even book a whole room for group studies to fit different styles of studies and research.

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