About us

Wonderful things happen here

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top professional, scientific and technological universities, with a world-class profile and a leading reputation in teaching and research.


Wonderful things happen at Surrey – we look forward to sharing them with you.

Facts and figures


in the Guardian University Guide 2016
4th in the Guardian University Guide 2016Rankings and league tablesMore info


for graduate employability
2nd for graduate employabilityGraduate employabilityMore info


for student satisfaction
5th for student satisfactionStudent satisfactionMore info


regional economic activity stimulated by Surrey each year
£1bn+ regional economic activity stimulated by Surrey each yearCommunity impactMore info


partner organisations
2,300+ partner organisationsProfessional Training placementsMore info


signed up for our 5G centre
£70m signed up for our 5G centreCampus investmentMore info
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Global impact

Internationalisation permeates all that we do at Surrey, contributing significantly to our mission to solve global challenges, lead research and innovation, and fuel generations of students with a spirit of curiosity and a desire to improve the world we live in.

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The governance of the University is led by the Members of Council and a number of statutory bodies and committees. Detailed information is provided in the statutes, ordinances and University Charter.

Learning and the advancement of knowledge, in science and technology and all that pertains to a fuller understanding of humanity, in close co-operation with the industrial life of the country and with commerce and the professions; so that by its discipline and inspiration and by the sharing of their life and interests its members at all levels may grow in wisdom.

University Charter, 1966
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Management and strategy

At Surrey, we continue to build on the foundations made by individuals and groups who work together to make Surrey a top-ten university.

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As we look to the future, Surrey is in a strong position to meet the challenges of a changing higher education landscape and fulfil our aim of contributing to the wider world with our research, scholarship, teaching and learning – ensuring that we continue to prosper as a thriving university of excellence.

Professor Sir Christopher SnowdenPresident and Vice-Chancellor
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In the community

With extensive connections to Guildford and the wider region, the University of Surrey plays a key role in contributing to the local community.

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Surrey people

A wide variety of people make up the Surrey family – our outstanding students, dedicated staff, award-winning academics, successful alumni, and a range of other notable individuals.

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Surrey takes pride in its vibrant, enthusiastic and forward-thinking community, where our students and staff work closely together on our beautiful campus.

Professor Sir Christopher SnowdenPresident and Vice-Chancellor
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Our history

The University of Surrey was established on 9 September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to a late nineteenth-century concern to provide greater access to further and higher education for the poorer inhabitants of London.

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