About the University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities, with a world-class profile and a leading reputation in teaching and research.
Wonderful things happen here
Surrey’s origins can be traced back to 1891, since when we have maintained our commitment to first-rate academic activity and real-world solutions. Today, we remain true to these goals and aim to be in the world’s top 100 universities by 2017.
We’ve leapt up the league tables for UK universities in recent years, achieving sixth place in the Guardian University Guide for 2015 and twelfth in the Good University Guide and Complete University Guide. Our status as a top ten UK university is enabling us to attract an increasing number of high calibre students, staff and partners.
We’ve experienced a 33 per cent rise in applications over the last year alone, and increased the number of academic staff by 20 per cent over the last three years.
Research at Surrey
At the University of Surrey, we are committed to achieving excellence in research, breaking new ground and impacting economies and communities across the globe in fields such as sustainable energy, telecommunications, space, disease control and health.
We have won three Queen’s Anniversary prizes for our research, most recently for our water research in 2011/12.
Transforming the economy
An economic impact study of the University conducted in autumn 2013 by BiGGAR Economics found that, in 2012/13, the University of Surrey and the Surrey Research Park generated around £1.4 billion Gross Value Added for the UK economy and directly or indirectly supported around 16,000 jobs.
Through our wholly owned Research Park, Surrey supports many start-up ventures, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Surrey also runs one of the country’s most successful business incubators, based on the Research Park.
Surrey means business
The University of Surrey, together with local and regional stakeholders, has a major new vision for the region, aimed at bringing together the strands of research, innovation, student enterprise and economic impact around four major clusters of activity:
- Connected Digital Economy, 5G Mobile communications and Future Internet Technologies
- Veterinary and human health medicine
- Satellite design and manufacture for global sensing, sustainability, energy and security
- Agile innovation, SME support and Sci-Tech Corridor
The student experience
Our students are among the most satisfied in the UK, according to the influential National Student Survey. In 2014, we moved up to eighth place in the UK for student satisfaction, with 91 per cent of students expressing satisfaction with the quality of their programme.
Surrey led the field in introducing Professional Training placements for students as early as 1955, and the programme continues to grow to this day. We work closely with over 2,300 partner organisations, giving our students valuable experience of the professional environment.
We’ve forged an enviable track record in graduate employability, with 97 per cent of Surrey’s 2013 graduates in work or further education six months after they graduated.
Our beautiful campus in Guildford has a vibrant social life and modern, first-class facilities that have benefited from significant development in recent years.
Projects include the £36 million Surrey Sports Park, an £80 million investment in student accommodation, £16 million on the Library and Learning Centre, a new School of Veterinary Medicine (due to open September 2015) and £46 million in support for the 5G Innovation Centre (due to open April 2015).
We take a keen and active interest in the future development of Guildford and, as such, we are exploring how University land could be used to aid the area’s growth in the future.
Wonderful things happen here. We look forward to sharing them with you.