Kingston University Information

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Kingston University London (formerly Kingston University) is a public research university located in Kingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1899, and became a university in 1992 after being Kingston Polytechnic. The four campuses are located in Kingston and Roehampton. There is a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate work spread across five faculties, and some further education provisions.


Kingston was founded as Kingston Technical Institute in 1899. In 1930 the Kingston School of Art separated, later to become Kingston College of Art. Kingston was recognised as a Regional College of Technology by Ministry of Education in 1957. In 1970, it merged with the College of Art to become Kingston Polytechnic, offering 34 major courses, of which 17 were at degree level. In 1975, Kingston merged with the Gipsy Hill College of Education, itself founded in 1917, incorporating the College’s faculty into Kingston’s Division of Educational Studies.

Kingston University was granted university status under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. In 1993, Kingston opened the Roehampton Vale campus building and in 1995, Kingston acquired Dorich House.

Our vision

To be internationally recognised for a creative approach to education that has practical outcomes which benefit people and communities.

Our purpose

To develop potential, transform lives and improve the world around us. To be led by learning in all that we do: enabling others to learn, continually learning ourselves and pushing the boundaries of learning through teaching, research and enterprise and professional practice.

We value

  • Rigour, curiosity, excellence and originality.
  • Innovation, creativity and enterprise.
  • Consideration, courtesy and collegiality.
  • Breadth, diversity and individuality.

At the heart of what we do are:

Learning, Enquiry, Professional Practice

  1. We will encourage and support high quality teaching and research.
  2. Our teaching will be informed by research and best practice.
  3. We will create, test, share and spread knowledge for its own sake.
  4. All our academics will engage in the development of their discipline.
  5. We will be self critical and learn from what we and others do.
  6. We will enable our students to leave with the best possible degree they can attain so that they have choices and the skills needed for fulfilling professional employment; therefore all students will have opportunities for placements, work in an international environment and activities outside the curriculum.
  7. We will develop strategies to support all who can benefit from a Kingston University education, regardless of background, so that they can participate fully and complete it successfully.
  8. We will only admit students who have the ability, commitment and potential to complete their course; when a student does fail or drop out, we will treat this as a failure of the University.
  9. We will only do things that we can do well. We will review our portfolio of courses regularly; we will develop courses that address our students’ needs and we will withdraw from areas with poor outcomes or which are not sustainable.

Enriching Lives

  1. We will continue to be a cosmopolitan, London-based university with an international outlook and a diverse student body.
  2. We will develop people to be independent thinkers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to society through constructive challenge and to have fulfilling lives.
  3. We will be a University of choice for students with ambition to thrive in a complex interconnected world.
  4. Our courses and opportunities will meet our students’ needs and maximise our graduates’ choices and employment prospects.
  5. We will be a broadly-based university and seek to maximise the opportunities this gives our students by offering common programmes that deliver interdisciplinary benefits.
  6. We will demonstrate the economic, social and cultural impact of our research and how it benefits individuals, the community and the environment.
  7. Our staff will have opportunities to develop their skills and abilities; they will all have a personal development plan and undergo regular performance appraisal.
  8. Our appointment, reward and promotions systems will underpin good performance and will support research, teaching, professional practice and administration.