Kingston University

2015 League Table Ranking 107
2015 Overall Score 510
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Entry Standards 295 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.04 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 921 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.89 Help
Student Satisfaction
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Facilities Spend 404 Help
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Graduate Prospects 56.4 Help
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Degree Completion 79.6 Help
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Good Honours 59.0 Help
Good Honours
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Green Score 37.0 Help
Green Score
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  • 1970 the College of Technology and the College of Art merge to form Kingston Polytechnic.
  • 1992 Kingston Polytechnic becomes Kingston University.

Location and Transport

  • Central London is 25 minutes away by train.
  • A historic town centre packed with shops, bars and clubs.
  • Royal parks and the River Thames are within walking distance.
  • Free inter-site bus service.

Entry Standards

  • Average tariff points for first degree entrants in 2012–13  was 290.
  • Entry requirements vary from course to course and the university looks at more than just A-level results.
  • The University also considers past academic performance, people's interest in the subject and commitment/motivation.

Student Mix

  • Kingston’s mission is to be an inclusive university, open to all who can benefit from higher education. It has one of the most ethnically-diverse student populations of any UK university and many undergraduates are the first in their family to experience higher education. Kingston has been one of the UK’s fastest-growing universities during recent years.
  • A fairly evenly balanced gender mix. 2012, 45% male, 55% female.
  • Proportion of overseas students 11.7% in 2013.
  • A high proportion of students from state schools – 95.5% of young, full-time undergraduate entrants in 2011–12 with a benchmark of 94.2%
  • 6.4 applications for each accepted place in entry 2012.

Course Flexibility

  • Many courses are available on a part-time and sandwich course basis.

Teaching Standards

  • Under the old QAA system, Kingston received 'excellent' scores for 14 subjects, covering every faculty.
  • National Student Survey 2012 – across the University 79% agreed with question 22 "overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course". In Forensic and Archaeological Science 100% agreed, in Academic Studies in Education 99% agreed, in Journalism 96% agreed, in Human and Social Geography 94% agreed, in both Dance and Imaginative Writing 91% of students agreed.

Research Standards

  • The University's research grant from HEFCE has nearly tripled as a result of its excellent performance in the 2008 RAE.
  • The 2008 RAE identified quality of at least an internationally recognised standard in 70% of Kingston University's research submissions.
  • Thirty per cent of research submissions were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent across the 18 units submitted.
  • In all units, at least 10% of research was classified as internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • Kingston was the highest rated new university in Business and Management Studies, with 10% of the research submitted classified as world-leading.
  • Other particularly strong performers include Nursing, where 15% of the research submitted was rated as world-leading and History of Art, Architecture and Design, where 50% of the research submitted was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • The University is a growing force in research. Major developments in teaching, learning and facilities have all contributed to positioning Kingston University at the heart of education and economic development in the region. The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2011-12 reported that, for the fourth year running, Kingston had the highest number of graduates starting up their own companies of any institution in the United Kingdom. It also rated Kingston second for graduate start-up turnover, with firms notching up a combined total of £30 million. 

Academic Strengths

  • Architecture, aeronautical engineering, business, forensic science, geography, geology, illustration and animation, fashion, law, mathematics, nursing and midwifery, social sciences and surveying.

Student Facilities

  • The university is revitalising its four campuses and has opened three major new buildings as part of a £123-million programme which will run to 2018. The new facilities have won plaudits from staff and students alike.
  • The centrepiece is the £20-million John Galsworthy Building at the heart of the Penrhyn Road campus, which incorporates lecture theatres, flexible teaching space and information technology suites as well as a Knowledge Centre giving students a spacious setting, including at a laptop bar, in which to do course work. 
  • Among the facilities in the new buildings are multiple projection systems, video conferencing, interactive displays and built-in voting systems.
  • The Learning Resources Centre at the Kingston Hill campus includes an internet café.
  • Virtually all course modules are now available on Kingston's pioneering web-based learning management system, StudySpace.
  • There has been significant investment in installing the latest computer technology across all campuses and university sites.
  • There have been extensive upgrades of Kingston's library facilities at the heart of each campus. The Learning Resource Centres, bringing together library, computing and multi-media facilities, are at the forefront of thinking about how students learn.
  • There have been extensive upgrades of the library facilities on each campus. Learning resource centres bring together library, computing and multimedia facilities to encourage interactive and group learning. There are bookable study rooms with multimedia facilities and specially equipped spaces dedicated to meeting the needs of disabled users. The main centres are open 24 hours a day during term-time weekdays and a high-tech self-issue system makes borrowing much quicker and easier. 

Disability Services

  • For information about the disability services at Kingston, telephone +44 (0)208 417 4282, minicom + 44 (0)20 8547 8847, email or, or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • Union bars: The Space, Penrhyn Road; Hannafords, Kingston Hill; Knights Park Bar, Knights Park.
  • Union shops: Penrhyn Road and Kingston Hill.


  • The Students' Union run 30 sports clubs, including Cricket, Skydiving, Sub-Aqua, Mountaineering, Hockey, Fencing, Football, Athletics, Taekwondo, Badminton.
  • Sports facilities include Tolworth Court sports ground with a large sports pavillion, playing fields for football and a floodlit hard court area for tennis. 
  • A fitness centre with a dance studio and gym featuring a range of high- specification equipment.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Major redevelopment activity has led to significant improvements on all four Kingston campuses.
  • In recent years, the university has revitalised its four campuses, opening three impressive new buildings as part of a £123-million investment programme which will run to 2018.
  • Among the facilities in the new buildings are multiple projection systems, video conferencing, interactive displays and built-in voting systems.
  • Kingston’s new business school was opened in April 2012. The building contains a variety of modern teaching rooms, break-out spaces for staff and students to learn together. The building also has strong environmental credentials. It has achieved a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of excellent. Adorned with dozens of flat screens and scattered with sofas, the atrium boasts a glass roof, making it feel bright and airy.
  • The Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre, a new Learning Resources centre which is part of an £11-million improvement programme at the University’s Knights Park campus, was opened in April 2012. It includes refurbished studio space, an upgraded reception and gallery area and external landscaping.  The Centre incorporates an access technology room for disabled students and bookable student seminar rooms with media equipment for presentations.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Jobshop programme helps students find full-time, part-time, summer and graduate jobs.
  • For more information on part-time work while at Kingston, visit the website.

Notable Alumni

  • Ed McKeever  MBE,  BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance 2008 – Olympic Gold medallist 2012 in the men's 200 metre kayak sprint.
  • Phil Allsopp M.S. DArch, RIBA, Architecture Dip (Hons) 1974 – President and Chief Executive Officer, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
  • Glenda Bailey OBE, Fashion BA (Hons) 1983; HonMDes 1994 – Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar.
  • Steve Bell, Business Studies BA (Hons) 1977; HonMBA 1994 - President, KeySo Global LLC.
  • Ed Carpenter, Fine Art (Sculpture) BA(Hons) 1997 –Product and furniture designer.
  • Richard Deakin MBA, CEng, FRAeS, Aeronautical Engineering BSc(Hons) 1987; HonDEng 2007 – Senior Vice President, Thales Group.
  • Mel Ewell, Geography BSc (Hons) 1981 – Chief Executive, Amey plc.
  • Paul Harbidge, Geology BSc (Hons) 1993 – General Manager, Exploration, Randgold Resources.
  • Ruby Mc Gregor-Smith, Economics BA (Hons) 1985; Hon DLitt 2011 – Chief Executive, MITIE.
  • David Nash OBE, Fine Art BA (Hons) 1967, HonDDes 1999 – Royal Academician.
  • John Richmond, Fashion BA(Hons) 1982; HonMDes 1994 – Fashion designer.
  • John Tiner CBE, Accountancy Foundation 1976 – First Chief Executive of the UK Financial Services Authority.
  • Hamish Anderson, Law LLB (Hons) 1969; Hon LLD 2009  – Solicitor.
  • Jonathan Asherson, Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons); HonDSc 2010 – Regional Director SE Asia, Rolls-Royce.
  • Fiona Banner, Fine Art (Painting) BA (Hons) 1988; HonDFine Art 2007 – Artist.
  • Ben Barnes, Drama with English Literature BA (Hons) 2004 – Actor.
  • Malcolm Brown, Geology BSc (Hons) 1976; HonDSc 2007 – Senior Vice President, Exploration, BG Group plc.
  • Richard Bryant, Architecture Dip(Hons) 1975; HonDDes 1998 – Architectural photographer.
  • David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA, Architecture 1976; HonDDes 2008 – Principal, David Chipperfield Architects.
  • Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, Urban Estate Management 1996 – International rugby player.
  • Maureen Duffy, Business Studies BA(Hons) 1981; HonMBA 1997  – Chief Executive Officer, Newspaper Marketing Agency.
  • Gail Emms, Sports Science BSc(Hons) 1998 – British badminton player.
  • Caryn Franklin, Graphic Design BA(Hons) 1981 – Fashion writer and broadcaster.
  • David Kay OBE, Law BA (Hons) 1978; HonLLD 2010 – Barrister.
  • David King MBA, Deng, CEng, FRAeS, Aeronautical Engineering BSc (Hons) 1970; HonDEng 1999 – UK Chief Inspector of Air Accident.
  • Graeme Mew, Law BA(Hons) 1980 – Barrister.
  • Jasper Morrison, 3D Design BA(Hons) 1982; HonDUniv 2007 – Designer.
  • Brian O’Rourke, CEng, MRAeS, FIMechE, MIMMM, Aeronautical Engineering BSc(Hons) 1976; HonMEng 1997 – Chief Composites Engineer, Williams F1 Engineering Ltd.
  • Simon Kneen, Fashion Design BA (Hons) 1982 – Creative director of fashion brand Banana Republic.
  • Leslie Thomas, Law BA(Hons) 1988 – Barrister
  • Nick Lord, Fine Art  BA (Hons) 2011 – Artist and winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Painter of the Year Award
  • Malaysian business leader Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh, who completed a BA in civil engineering at Kingston in 1978, has donated half a million pounds during the next five years to Kingston University to establish a new post of Professor of Enterprise and Technology Management. 


For further information

  • +44 (0)20 8417 9000
  • Kingston University
    River House
    53-57 High Street
    Kingston upon Thames
    KT1 1LQ
UCAS Code K84

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