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Named one of the top 50 institutions in the country in the latest Guardian University Guide league tables, Kingston University is the largest higher education provider in South West London. Its four campuses are located within close proximity of Kingston upon Thames town centre and just 25 minutes from central…

Named one of the top 50 institutions in the country in the latest Guardian University Guide league tables, Kingston University is the largest higher education provider in South West London. Its four campuses are located within close proximity of Kingston upon Thames town centre and just 25 minutes from central London.

Offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the University is committed to transforming its students’ lives, ensuring they emerge from their degree programmes as graduates sought after for their knowledge, confidence and skills. It is a sector leader for its work opening up higher education to the wider community and boosting social mobility by encouraging all students, irrespective of their start in life, to make the most of the many benefits degree-level learning has to offer.

The University is a growing force in research and pioneer in entrepreneurship and has a long-term interest in the space sector – one of the highest economic growth industries in the UK. It has become particularly known for its applied research in chemical hybrid propulsion, and activities in low-cost access to space. Researchers within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing have developed strong links with the space industry, working with the likes of Airbus, Thales and QinetiQ.

Last year, the University invested in a state-of-the-art indoor rocket test facility, which allows testing of novel rocket and space propulsion technologies in a contained blast chamber. Predominantly designed for hybrid propellant research activities it can also cater for bi-propellant engines.

Alongside its interests in launch technology, the academic team within the School of Engineering and the Environment has expertise in plasma based in-space propulsion systems, machine learning for the aerospace sector, high temperature materials, propellant and combustion studies, robotics, and UAV experience.

Over the past decade the University has grown a significant network within the low-cost access to space arena, which covers spaceports and launch companies in Scotland down to SMEs in Hampshire and Dorset. Its graduates can be found in access to space and space propulsion teams across UK and Europe at firms and organisations ranging from SSTL, Skyrora and Airbus to UK Civil Aviation Authority and the ESA.