Young entrepreneurs from Kingston University make it. Just ask this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 icon and graduate of the UK Top 40 university Christian Facey.
He is listed in the Europe Media and Marketing Class for 2021, which identifies the most talented young media and marketing moguls of the future. Within a year, he co-founded AudioMob (an audio advertising company for mobile gaming), developed technology that allows gamers to listen to adverts without their play being interrupted by videos or banners, raised 1.4 million pounds in funding and won Warner Music and Ministry of Sound Group as clients.
The 29-year-old credits his Kingston BSc (Hons) in Business Management — a four-year sandwich course with a one-year work placement — for his success. “Kingston University was absolutely the best choice for me with an environment that gave me the skills and confidence to develop as a budding entrepreneur,” Facey shares. “The modules that I studied, conversations with my tutors and joining the Entrepreneurial Society taught me how to approach typical business challenges and find opportunities.” Tutors and students inspired him to become an entrepreneur.
Kingston is the home of entrepreneurs. The university’s Business School offers a range of enterprise-focused programmes: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management BSc (Hons), Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship MSc, and International Business Management MSc.
A solid, all-rounded support system complements what you’ll learn in class. If you’re looking to develop skills, an idea, or a business start-up, then Kingston’s Enterprise Education is the programme for you. It offers competitions, workshops, events, mentors, hackathons, funding opportunities, an incubation space, start-up visa advice and more.
The Careers and Employability Service department offers an array of support to all students, such as job fairs, internships, as well as workshops on interview skills and CV writing. Whether you want to create your own business, solve global problems or boost your employability, the department is at your service.
The university also supports students and local businesses through a range of services, networking events, seminars and workshops. The Kingston University e-Incubator, for example, is a nine to 12 month programme that guides students and recent graduate-entrepreneurs through the process of launching and developing new business ventures, from ideation to feasibility to market launch. Participants receive help to validate business ideas through “stress testing,” refine new venture ideas into a minimum viable product (MVP) in a safe learning environment, access expert business advice and expand their business networks.
Such efforts to provide a rich, well-rounded teaching and learning environment are recognised every year. Kingston has been rated in the top two UK universities for graduate start-up companies eight years in a row in the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey. In 2018, Kingston University was named in the world’s top 200 young universities in international rankings by sector-leading publication Times Higher Education (THE).
In 2019, the undergraduate fashion programme was one of just two in the UK and only 11 internationally to receive the maximum possible “Badges of Excellence” — a new feature in the prestigious rankings. The next year, Kingston was named one of the top 40 institutions in the country in the Guardian University Guide league tables for 2021.
Many students walk into Kingston University with goals to achieve and leave as graduates ready to take the world by storm. When Jamal Osman first landed in the UK, he was penniless and unable to speak English. Armed with a Kingston degree, he would go on to win the Amnesty International’s Gaby Rado Memorial Award.
He scooped the world’s press with his interviews with Somali pirates and his exposure of the illegal trade in UN food aid — all whilst still a student at Kingston University. “It was going to Kingston University that gave me the key to life,” enthuses the Journalism BA (Hons) graduate.
He met many fascinating people who made him into a more mature person. “Now I can use my skills to expose corruption and injustice around the world,” he shares. “Without university, I would still be working in a warehouse.”
Be it at undergraduate or postgraduate level, Kingston graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed in the 21st century’s demanding workplace. The majority of graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.
How? A robust work placement programme. It’s part of most postgraduate programmes at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston Business School and Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, international students will be issued a two-year visa to cover both the taught and the work placement components upon meeting the Home Office’s requirements.
With four campuses in and around London city centre, Kingston students have all the bustle of city life — plus the career opportunities that come with it — without the hustle. Beautiful Kingston upon Thames is one of only four Royal Boroughs. Just 30 minutes away from the heart of the capital by train, it is one of London’s safest boroughs and offers all the highlights of city living in a leafy, riverside location. Here, parks are lush; atmospheres are vibrant.
Midwifery with Registered Midwife BMid (Hons) student from Canada and Norway Rebeckah Ferger chose to study at Kingston University because “it’s located in a beautiful town filled with history.” “It is culturally diverse and has been ranked number one for Midwifery studies in London,” she shares.
Caylyn Sheldon, a Museum and Gallery Studies MA student agrees. “I’ve seen a lot of England, Ireland and Wales, but London has a special place in my heart,” she enthuses. “Having the opportunity to study at Kingston University has been a dream come true especially with the programme I’m studying which allows us to explore different museums and parts of the city.”
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