Unite Foundation

Welcome to Kingston University, the 29th university in our network

We are delighted to welcome Kingston University to our growing network of university partnerships.

The Unite Foundation partnership is led by the University’s KU Cares team, which offers a comprehensive package of support for care leavers, young independent students and young adult carers. Emily Hughes, Access and Inclusion Manager said the Unite Foundation partnership will provide help for students that need it most.

“The partnership alleviates some of the anxiety care leavers and estranged students can experience when committing to studying for a degree,” she said. “Accommodation is one of the key issues our students face. Many have a number of different housing placements during the course of a year, or face disruption and isolation during the holiday periods when their peers return home to their family – to have the security of a place they can call home for the duration of their degree is a huge benefit.”

Mrs Hughes said the scholarship was not just about financial saving, it was also about the experience of living with other learners, with additional support and developing students’ confidence in their ability to succeed at university. “We already have a broad programme of support but there has been nothing this generous aimed at individual students,” she said. “Housing can be a barrier to potential students continuing their education. With no family to offer support, they can find it difficult to find the money for a deposit or someone to act as a guarantor, which can discourage them from leaving accommodation they may already have with their local authority.”

Sir Tim Wilson, Chair of the Unite Foundation, welcomed Kingston University to the network of Foundation partners. “We value our partnerships with universities and charities who share a commitment to these students. Kingston joins us at a key moment as we deepen our support to scholarship students with much needed access to employment opportunities.”