In the community
With an annual budget of almost £203 million and more than 2,000 staff, Kingston University is one of the borough’s largest employers and makes significant contribution to the national economy (£920million annually).
Our academics and researchers provide knowledge and expertise to local organisations such as Hampton Court Palace and the Metropolitan Police to help them innovate and become more competitive.
The University provides a degree-level education to many school and college leavers in the surrounding area (nearly half our students come from within a 10-mile radius of Kingston), as well as offering residents an opportunity to further their studies. Every year more than 6,000 students graduate from the University, providing a much-needed skilled workforce for the region.
The University contributes hugely to the region's cultural, educational and social life both through public lectures, exhibitions and performances and by opening up its sporting, health, conference and other facilities to local residents, businesses, and community organisations. The University was instrumental in bringing the Rose Theatre to Kingston, and continues to offer it financial and artistic support. For more information read our Civic Engagement review (PDF).
Kingston University is committed to supporting learners at all stages of their educational journey, working with schools, colleges community groups to provide opportunities for new experiences and encourage curiosity. The University was awarded funds by the former Higher Education Funding Council to invest in a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Outreach Centre two mobile laboratories (each known as a 'lab in a lorry') to use for outreach events to support and inspire young people to make the most of opportunities to further their education. Kingston University was the NEON University of the year in 2016 for widening access, social mobility and inclusion. The University's work around inclusive curricula received the Guardian 2017 University Award for teaching excellence.
Our staff and students are active in the community, offering 3,500 hours of service to good causes each year through our award-winning volunteering scheme. We also have an extensive school visiting programme, offering educational support and encouraging local children to aim for university, particularly those whose family have no previous experience of higher education
We celebrate the rich diversity of our staff and students and alumni. Through our One Kingston equality strategy, we host a range of projects, events and activities that promote diversity and inclusion.
The University has close links with the Kingston Race and Equalities Council (KREC), which aims to support individuals who are experiencing racial harassment and discrimination, as well as being involved in many community engagement projects across the borough.
We have opportunities for members of the community to get involved in our Beyond Barriers mentoring scheme.. The scheme aims to give students and staff from under-represented groups the best chance to succeed in their study or work, by pairing them with experienced professionals from the University or the wider community.
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We are continually upgrading our estate and have a campus development plan to improve the quality of the environment for students, staff and visitors.
The University is committed to sustainable development and we are breaking new ground both in terms of our own behaviour and the research projects we carry out, covering everything from design to engineering, aimed at reducing the wasteful use of the Earth's resources. We work with the local community on many environmental projects, such as cleaning up the Hogsmill River or recycling furniture. For more information visit our sustainability pages.