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Our History

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  • Kingston Technical Institute – a forerunner of Kingston University – opens its doors, offering courses ranging from chemistry and electrical wiring to nursing and dressmaking


  • Business Training Programme is introduced for demobbed ex-servicemen at Kingston College of Technology – a forerunner of Kingston University; it runs until 1948
  • One-year course in Business Administration launches
  • Preparation classes for the Association of Certified Corporate Accountants and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants are introduced

1960sA group of male students in the 1960s   

  • Programme of business and management courses expands to include an HND in Business Studies, a four-year Business Studies sandwich course, and the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) which is still run today as a postgraduate course


  • Kingston College of Technology becomes Kingston Polytechnic
  • The Polytechnic is designated as the Regional Management Centre for London and the South-East by Minister of Education, Margaret Thatcher      

Early 70s       

  • Undergraduate degrees in Business and Accountancy launch


  • Faculty of Business is created
  • The Kingston MBA launches

1985First Kingston Business School building   

  • The first Kingston Business School building opens


  • Accreditation by the Association of MBAs

1980s and 90s  

  • New Masters programmes in Finance, Marketing, and Human Resource Management launch
  • Undergraduate courses in Business Information Technology, Accounting & Law, and Business Administration launch
  • “Open Learning” provision expands the reach of its courses to a wider audience of managers and professionals across the United Kingdom
  • Number of students recruited to Business School courses doubles


  • In the spirit of Glasnost, links with Russian universities are established. The Polytechnic provided a management programme to the Russian Ministry of Communications.


  • Kingston Polytechnic becomes Kingston University


  • Assigned a “Centre of Excellence” for Business & Management in the HEFCE Teaching Quality Assessment


  • Kingston Business School programmes launch in Russia


  • In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Kingston Business School’s research output is ranked as the best among the post-1992 group of universities, rivalling the research of many of the more established business schools


  • The Bloomberg Trading Room opens at the Kingston Hill Learning Resource Centre

New Kingston Business School Building with students2012           


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