A new programme at Kingston to support disadvantaged students

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The Mohn Westlake Foundation is partnering with Kingston University on a three-year programme of work to address a national problem: that students who come from disadvantaged, marginalised and minority groups benefit less from their degrees than students from more affluent backgrounds.

Kingston University is recognised in the sector for its access and participation work. They have a strong track record in successfully delivering programmes to support disadvantaged students and our partnership with them has been instrumental in achieving this success.


At a glance…

  • Kingston University will work with over 100 Schools locally to deliver the outreach programme, which will target children from primary to 16+.
  • 30,000 students will benefit from targeted employability interventions that address the specific needs of their personal situation, giving them the confidence and personal skills to succeed.

The Centre for Graduate Success will develop a sector-leading approach to tackling inequality in employability outcomes – focussing on outreach, targeted programmes and personal development – that can be shared across the Higher Education sector, impacting disadvantaged young people nationally, while developing a series of smart, tailored interventions to address the specific employability challenges faced by particular groups of young people (for example those leaving care, or estranged from their families).


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While this project is still in the planning stages,ELEVATE (a programme to support Black students at Kingston) is a model for the smart programmes The Mohn Westlake Foundation is helping the University to roll out.


“ELEVATE really helped develop my confidence. I remember going to a talk with a Black female creative who gave me advice on next steps and shared some of her own experiences. These opportunities also helped me to build relationships with industry. It really was an amazing programme to be part of and the support was invaluable.” Akau Abedia-Boafo, a participant in ELEVATE

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More information on this project will be published after its launch in the new academic year.

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