The University of Surrey is proud to stand alone without any affiliation to a particular group.
The Russell Group, containing 24 universities, is the best-known mission group and includes many historically prestigious universities in the UK – although importantly, not all of them.
Examples of well-respected top ten universities outside the Russell Group include St Andrews, Bath and Surrey. In fact, Surrey is positioned above the majority of the Russell Group within the major league tables.
One of the key functions of a mission group, such as the Russell Group, is to lobby government and the funding council to promote policies for higher education that are in their interests.
The Russell Group lobbies the government on this basis particularly pursuing policies that support higher education in large civic settings and persuading government of the merits of policies that support medicine in higher education. Unlike the majority of Russell Group members, Surrey is neither located in a major city, nor does it have a medical school.
Russell Group universities are found in every major city in the UK and are characteristically large, complex organizations. Member universities teach on average 24,000 students compared to an average of 13,000 at non-Russell Group universities in the UK. In the 2015-16 academic year, we had over 15,000 students at our safe and friendly campus situated near to Guildford.
In recent years, Surrey has established itself as a top-ten university in major national university league table rankings.
We have also been named both 'University of the Year' and 'University of the Year for Student Experience' in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. In the recent Guardian University Guide 2017, Surrey was again ranked fourth best university in the UK.
The University has achieved top ten status through maximising the quality of its teaching, learning and research, which, together with an investment in resources, has contributed to its success.
Surrey’s high scores for student satisfaction and employment prospects have helped it become recognised as a leading university in the UK and internationally. In the most recent National Student Survey, our students voted Surrey fifth best for student satisfaction across 139 higher education institutions (excluding specialists) in the UK, achieving 92 per cent overall student satisfaction.
Surrey led the field with its Professional Training placement programme which we pioneered 60 years ago. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that the University is ranked in second place for graduate employability when compared with chartered universities in England. The figures reveal that 96.9 per cent of Surrey’s 2014 graduates were in work (or further education) six months after they graduated.
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