The University of Surrey in its Neighbourhood

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The University of Surrey is one of the region’s largest employers with nearly 2,500 staff and 15,755 students living and working on and around campus. We run multiple volunteering schemes plus a variety of events in which you can get involved.

Here’s just a flavour of what we do besides teaching and research


Throughout the year we organise a number of public interest lectures on a variety of topics covering the arts, sciences and engineering as well as debating hot topics in public consciousness. Over the years we’ve welcomed speakers such as Clarissa Dickson-Wright, Rocco Forte and Aggie MacKenzie as well as eminent scientists and academics such as Lord Robert Winston. Previous Alan Wells Sports Lectures have been presented by Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Trevor Brooking.

Another annual event bringing the public closer to authors and experts is the Morag Morris Poetry Lecture. This popular event gives poetry enthusiasts the chance to hear views and examples from distinguished poets.

Arts exhibitions, performances and festivals

End of degree shows are often publicly performed by our students. Musicals, plays and dance performances are also regularly staged by students at various venues on campus and across Guildford.

We run a wide variety of visual arts exhibitions on a rolling basis at our on-campus Lewis Elton Gallery. These exhibitions are open to everyone, whether at public or privately booked viewings.

We also collaborate with partner organisations on both the annual Guildford Book Festival and biennial Guildford International Music Festival. Both of these popular festivals include a number of events, from lectures to readings and live performances, featuring high profile and local talent.

Making science fun

Every year since 2007 we have welcomed hundreds of people to the campus – families, students and academics – to enjoy the Surrey Science Circus. Audiences are delighted by wacky science demonstrations, exciting shows and lectures on a wide variety of subjects. Furthering our commitment to making science accessible to the public we also supported the 2009 Festival of Science in partnership with the British Science Association, SEEDA, Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council. The Festival took place from 5 – 10 September 2009 in many different venues on campus and across the county.

Working with local schools

We also run comprehensive widening participation and schools liaison programmes which aim to give students, from many different backgrounds, access to higher education and facilities. Additionally a range of revision conferences and sixth form lectures are on offer throughout the year.

Sports activities

To provide further opportunities for engagement with sports our new Surrey Sports Park opened in April 2010 on the Manor Park campus. If you want to get fit and have fun with like minded people, Surrey Sports Park allows you to choose from one of the widest variety of classes and courses in the country. Activities include; high energy group fitness classes, gentle holistic health and well-being classes, fun and friendly dance courses and a state-of-the-art fitness suite, swimming pool, climbing wall and racquet sports facilities. Other community-based activities include football and racquets leagues, junior vacation sports camps and team-building climbing events.


Maximising sustainability, recycling waste and minimising our impact on the environment is of great concern to us. We are committed to a wide-ranging policy of carbon-reduction. For example, our new Surrey Sports Park’s, energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures include efficient gas fired condensing boilers, combined with a Biomass boiler for baseload heating which is carbon neutral. Other measures across campus have reduced our total CO2 emissions by an average of 1,450 tonnes per year.

Want to know more?

To find out more about the University, view the following pages, browse the rest of our website and please get involved. Our objective is to engage with our neighbours and the wider community, to help illustrate our contribution and how we’re responsibly managing our impact on the environment.

We’re proud of what we are achieving and acknowledge that there’s more to be done.

We want to share with you our progress and successes.

We hope that you will be as proud of our contribution to our neighbourhood as we are.

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