At Kingston University, we are passionate about enhancing our students' life chances by helping them make the most of their learning opportunities and equipping them with the future skills and knowledge needed in the 21st Century's demanding workplace.
Kingston University timeline
Key landmarks in our history include:
1899 - Kingston Technical Institute opens, offering courses ranging from Chemistry, Electric Wiring and Building Construction to Nursing, Dressmaking and Clay Modelling
1917 - Gipsy Hill College for teacher training opens
1926 - The Board of Education formally recognises the Institute as a Technical College
1930 - The Kingston School of Art separates from the Technical College (moving to Knights Park in 1939 and becoming a College of Art in 1945)
1946 - Gipsy Hill College moves to Kingston Hill
1951 - The first Penryhn Road campus buildings open (by 1963 they are housing 955 full-time students; 2,259 part-time students and 2,629 evening students)
1953 - The Technical College opens its first library (with lending services starting in 1954)
1957 - The Ministry of Education recognises Kingston as a Regional College of Technology
1963 - Gipsy Hill College gains College of Education status
1965 - The College of Technology establishes its own orchestra
1966 - The College of Technology purchases its first computer, costing £50,000
1970 - The College of Technology and the College of Art merge to form Kingston Polytechnic; it offers 34 major courses, 17 of which at degree level
1975 - Gipsy Hill College merges with Kingston Polytechnic
1992 - Kingston Polytechnic becomes Kingston University
1993 - Roehampton Vale campus building opens
1995 - The University acquires Dorich House
1999 - The University celebrates its centenary
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Proud to celebrate and support our vibrant Kingston University communities
Welcome to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pages at Kingston. Find out how we are striving to challenge ourselves to think and act differently in order that everyone in our university feels like they belong, can be their authentic selves, and are empowered to reach their full potential.
We know that our diversity brings only benefits for our students, our staff and our work. The greater variety of perspectives and experiences we have, the better we can create innovative ways of learning and teaching while developing ideas and solutions to create and foster equity and social justice.
Kingston has a long history of challenging inequality in all its forms and works hard to ensure it fulfils and exceeds its legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty. We are proud of the journey so far but recognise that there is still much work to be done. See below how we're making a difference, one step at a time.
EDI objectives and commitments
At Kingston, we see diversity as a strength and value the rich variety of backgrounds, identities and experiences our staff and students bring to the university.
We are committed to strengthening our ethos around equity for every student and member of staff and pledge to embed equality in all that we do and to reject racism in all its forms.
We are actively listening to and engaging with our staff and student community and setting new objectives and commitments that will promote a culture of acceptance without exception.
At Kingston, we believe that in a global and diverse world, our degree courses should reflect the experiences of a diverse range of people, with different backgrounds and perspectives.
Creating an inclusive curriculum is part of our drive to close the Degree Awarding Gap for students by making our courses more inclusive and accessible to everyone, whatever their background.