Kingston University student benefits and support Kingston University student benefits and support In addition to specific student benefits and support provided within your course discipline, you will have access to a range of benefits provided by the University that awards your degree. If your degree is awarded by Kingston University, you can make the most of the following to enhance your experience with us: Personal tutor scheme All students have access to a personal tutor to act as an academic point of contact and support. This is a feature that was introduced in 2011. Once you step inside our halls, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your time with us. Your personal tutor will assist your transition into higher education, offer academic guidance and advice, and ensure you make the most of your time at Kingston University. Childcare Kingston University Nursery is primarily for the children of university staff and students. The nursery caters for children from the age of two until they start reception class, to ensure each parent can concentrate fully on their working day. The Nursery is inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). Our recent Ofsted report reflects the high quality of care and education we provide. Visit the Ofsted website to read the full report. Careers and Employability Service Kingston University students have access to a range of online and 1-2-1 support services, delivered by a designated Careers Adviser who can help with completing job applications, cover letters, interview techniques and career planning. The Careers and Employability Service also delivers on-campus events, engaging national and local employers, the NHS and alumni to provide insight into how to improve your transition from study to the workplace. Academic skills centre Getting accustomed or returning to writing to a university standard can be challenging. To help, you will have access to the Academic Skills Centre (ASC), where you can seek help and advice on the academic skills needed to produce quality work. Staffed by trained lecturers and students, they give you the opportunity to access one-to-one advice and guidance on your work before you submit it. You can also receive extra maths support in the centres if you’re taking a course with a mathematics component. Pre-sessional English language courses If English is not your first language, you can access pre-sessional English Language courses throughout the year. The courses allow you to practice and develop the academic English and study skills needed for your degree. Social and cultural activities will also help you to make new friends and become familiar with Britain and the way of life.The course includes: language classes lectures and seminars project work essay writing oral presentations Union of Kingston Students The Union of Kingston Students provides great opportunities for students to get involved in the campus social activities, network and make friends. KUSU is run by students who ensure the activities on the calendar of events remain fun and interesting. Throughout the year, the Union hosts a range of initiatives including live music gigs, trivia, sports competitions, fancy dress parties, career fairs and more. Student Life Centre The Centre is a ‘one stop shop’ for help and advice on key student support services, including accommodation, disability support and student funding.All prospective and current Kingston University students can access the full range of services on offer from Monday to Friday, all year round. Disability support Kingston University is proud of its reputation of offering support to students with learning disabilities. We can offer services such as note taking and transcription for disabled individuals, adapted computers for students with dyslexia, and extra study skill support and academic allowances. Other services include: advice and guidance on support available access to additional funding support when applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowance adjustments to examination and assessment arrangements extended library services advice on being assessed for specific learning differences (like dyslexia) equipment loans information on support workers, non-subject specific tutoring or mentoring adapted accommodation for disabled students disabled parking permits Mature student support Kingston University enjoys a healthy community of mature students, with at least 43 per cent of our overall students being 22 years or older on entry. Whether you want to enhance your career or explore an area of interest, we can support your specific needs with these services: hold a question-and-answer session for mature students in Freshers’ Week: run a mature students’ forum to provide ongoing peer-to-peer support, and access to an online version of the forum for advice and networking a Mature Students’ Society, which aims to be a supportive forum for like-minded students Head Start and carer leaver support Head Start aims to help you prepare for life as an undergraduate student at Kingston University. There are a range of events to choose from over the summer months and they are completely free of charge to attend. By attending Head Start you will feel more confident to start your course, make friends with other students, meet key staff from across the university, and gain an understanding of what is expected of you academically. For more information you can refer to our frequently answered questions section, or talk to our current students directly about their experiences at Kingston University. Kingston also provides a comprehensive package of support called KU Cares for care leavers, estranged students and young adult carers. It includes financial support, access to year-round accommodation, access to internal and external opportunities and advocacy across the university and with your local authority. Health and wellbeing University life is certainly exciting, but the pressures of academic life, being away from your family and financial demands can all cause difficulties. The health and wellbeing section within the Department of Student Services and Administration provides Kingston University students with a number of services including drop-in advice sessions, independent therapists and clinical placements.