Kingston University London, situated in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in South West London, England, traces its origins back to the establishment of the Kingston Technical Institute in 1899. Attaining university status in 1992, it was formerly known as Kingston Polytechnic.
With an enrollment of approximately 17,000 students and a turnover of £192 million, Kingston University operates across four campuses in Kingston and Roehampton. The university specializes in arts, design, fashion, science, engineering, and business, organized into four faculties: Kingston School of Art, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (comprising Kingston Business School and the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences), Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education, and Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment. Kingston Business School holds accreditation for the CNAA MBA degree. In recognition of teaching excellence, the university received The Guardian University Award in 2017.
Kingston University is affiliated with the European University Association, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the University Alliance group. The University's Town House, inaugurated in January 2020, garnered prestigious accolades in 2021 and 2022, winning the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the best new building in the UK and the Mies van der Rohe architecture award for the best building in the EU.
In June 2021, Kingston University initiated the Future Skills campaign, emphasizing the significance of skills for innovation and their pivotal role in fostering a robust UK economy. Surveys conducted in 2021 and 2022, with support from YouGov and involving over 2,000 businesses and 1,000 students, underscored the enduring importance of skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, adaptability, and creativity, which are highly valued by employers.