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Kingston University London (abbreviated KUL) is a public research university located within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, in South West London, United Kingdom.

The university specializes in the arts, design, fashion, science, engineering, and business. Kingston was founded as Kingston Technical Institute in 1899, it offered courses in chemistry, electrical wiring, construction and nursing.

In 1917 Gipsy Hill College for teacher training opened, a predecessor of Kingston University. In 1930 the Kingston School of Art separated from the Technical Institute, later to become Kingston College of Art in 1945. In 1946 Gipsy Hill College moved to Kingston Hill. In 1951, the first Penryhn Road campus buildings opened.

Kingston was recognised as a ‘Regional College of Technology’ by the Ministry of Education in 1957. In 1970, the College of Technology 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, incorporating the College’s faculty into Kingston’s Division of Educational Studies.


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If you’re looking for the bustle of city life without the hustle, beautiful Kingston upon Thames – United Kingdom is the place for you. On the doorstep of the capital, Kingston is one of London’s safest boroughs and offers all the highlights of city living in a leafy, riverside location.

The University’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free inter-site bus connecting them. It’s a lively, student-friendly location on the Thames, neighbouring historic Hampton Court Palace and two royal parks. Better still, the heart of the capital is just 30 minutes away by train.

Facts and Figures: What You'll Find At The University

  1. 16,499 students in total (as of 1 December 2018)
  2. 3,158 non-UK students from 140+ countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (as of 1 December 2018)
  3. 4 faculties divided into schools
  4. 4 Campuses in and around Kingston upon Thames
  5. 3,000 student-facing PCs across 4 campuses
  6. 383,000 print books
  7. 400,000 e-books
  8. 55,000 print and e-journals
  9. 16,000 DVDs, CDs and vinyl
  10. 216 laptops for loan to students
  11. 2,108 members of staff (average full-time equivalents in 2016/17)
  12. £201.3 million in annual income (in 2016/17)
  13. £2.375 million in bursaries awarded to our students in 2015/16
  14. 118-year history going back to 1899 when Kingston Technical Institute opened

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