Surrey Business School



"Welcome to Surrey Business School. We offer business education and services that we believe are different.

"As well as cutting-edge research of world-leading quality, we focus on practice: how business is done."

Read the full introduction to Surrey Business School from Professor Andy Adcroft, the Acting Head of School.

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Surrey Business School events

9 - 10 June 2016:

Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa Conference

9 June, 6pm:

MBA Introductory Webinar

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World class business incubation

Congratulations to Surrey’s SETsquared, named the best University business incubator in the world by UBI Global.

Find out more about SETsquared and Surrey Incubation.

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MBA Women in Business Scholarships

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Who we work with

At Surrey Business School, we collaborate with a number of private, public and third sector organisations.

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Student enterprise

Discover the ways in which Surrey Business School is a leader in student enterprise.

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Surrey Business School is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Featured news


Toast of Surrey, Young Business of the Year Winners- Ruby & Kind

On 28 April the county’s business community came together to celebrate the success of not only the winners on the night but of the thriving Surrey economy in general.

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New innovation centre to advance the wellbeing of domestic animals in Europe

University of Surrey and Zoetis collaborate to launch vHive, New Innovation Centre.

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Big Data project led by Sustainable Homes, part of Hastoe Housing Group and the University of Surrey, gets go ahead from Innovate UK

• Government Innovation Agency Awarded Knowledge Transfer Partnership with University of Surrey
• Big Data tool could help those building new homes and those maintaining homes to make better business decisions

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Our Blog

  • I’m not normally a competitive person, where I finish isn’t usually important to me.

    When I was a student, many years ago, I was only ever concerned with my own grades and not whether they were higher or lower than my classmates and friends. As someone who has written about competitiveness in sports like rugby union and cricket, my lack of competitiveness is often a source of surprise to people I work with.

    And then The Guardian published their 2017 University Guide and Surrey Business School came second in their league table for Business, Management and Marketing. Second. Just behind Oxford but ahead of Cambridge, Warwick, Manchester, Durham and all the rest.

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    I wasn’t surprised about how well we did because I know how hard we work and how important our student experience is to us. I was a little surprised about how pleased I was because league tables don’t usually bother me. I was though incredibly proud of where we have ended up and how we have got here and so taking stock and reflecting on that seemed like a good idea.

    As a business school, we’re five years old this summer and, in academic time, that is no time at all. I joined the University in 2002 so I’ve been around a lot longer than the Business School. I’ve also been around longer than the 5G Innovation Centre, Surrey Sports Park and the Vet School. When I started here, the Ivy Arts Centre was a gym, GSA was a car park and Engineering for Health was a branch of NatWest. We had two management schools and there was no National Student Survey or Research Excellence Framework.

    Now we’re a top 5 university and a top 2 Business School and this is what I’ve learnt from this journey:

    • There’s no such thing as overnight success, there’s no silver bullet or short-cuts, tricks of the trade don’t make you successful. Hard work over a long period of time is what makes you successful. K Anders Ericcson created the 10,000 hours rule and he was absolutely right – the harder you work, the better you get;
    • Vision is important. Having a plan to deliver the vision is important. But what you do is most important. You don’t lose weight by planning to go to the gym. You don’t lose weight by going to the gym and watching people on exercise bikes. You lose weight by getting on the bike and doing some pedalling. Success happens when you put ideas into action;
    • The best advert for a university business school is its students and graduates – what are they like when they arrive, what are they like when they leave, what do they know and, just as importantly, what can they do?

    And what of the next five years? I don’t know where we’ll be in the league tables but I do know we have big plans and ambitions. We’ll be bigger – more academics, more students, more cutting edge research, more impact. We’ll have even better links with business – next year our students will be working with Google, Nielsen, The Page Group, Facebook and a bunch of other world-leading, household name companies. Our research will be amazing, we will be leading in areas as diverse as digital economy, leadership and sustainability.

    Five years old and it’s great to be second in the league tables. It’s also great to know that we have big plans for the next five years. It’s even better to know that we’re already doing things to put those plans into action.

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    Surrey Business School just ran the closing session of ‘Strategy, Management, and Service Delivery in a Digital Economy’ for Surrey County Council (SCC) here in the Business insights Lab. Opened by Head of the Business School Professor Andy Adcroft, steered by CoDE’s Dr Ben Shenoy, this fifth and final session discussed what’s next for Digital and 5G. As well as formulating action plans for embedding the lessons from the course across the organisation.

    After all, Executive Education needs to translate into the ‘real world’, and poses challenging questions around Impact: the push to digitise government needs to bring positive changes to individuals and the wider community, or the lessons are purely academic. But government in a digital age is no different from business in many ways, and has to get to grips with changing demands from a ‘connected’ market.

    Over the past few months, assisted by CoDE team members Alan Brown, Roger Maull, and Carla Bonina, participants from SCC’s senior management have addressed:

    • The digital economy and public management;
    • Business models and business strategies;
    • Innovation and change delivery;
    • Research project and delivery methods.

    The next set of questions ranges from – how can SCC raise its game and serve citizens better using 5G capability and the interconnectedness it enables? To — what revenue streams might exist for the Council in investing in 5G?

    Further, how can the ubiquity of connected technology be applied to improve people’s lives in Surrey? We discussed applications to crime, dogs, dementia, bins, cyclists, and obesity….the list is endless, and poses new questions of its own around data, security and privacy.

    Ultimately – if government becomes a ‘platform’ of goods and services, does government itself eventually wither away?

    No question, digitising government is like peering into the fog, and no one can say for sure what the future is going to look like. Ongoing workshops like our partnership with SCC are the best way to find out, through experimentation, collaboration, and bringing together experts in unlikely partnerships.

    If the ‘ecology of technology’ can change the whole face of public service, what will it do to your business?


    Kris Henley 

  • CoDE was out in force at the recent launch of A New Global Venture in Digital Innovation and Animal Health — “vHive”, the Veterinary Health Innovation Engine — at the impressive main building of the new School of Veterinary Medicine – which is the hub of so much innovation at the moment that it’s hard to keep up.

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    Professor Alan Brown chaired the afternoon panel on ‘The Digital Economy applied to Animal Health’, directing the presentations towards ‘how great science becomes great business’, and the closely interconnected future of business and animal health in the Digital Economy. As the panel’s Simon Doherty, of UK Trade & Investment, pointed out, ‘Innovation is flat, without an application to Society.’ Dr Ben Shenoy also spoke with his usual insight on ‘The Future of Business in a Digital Economy,’ and CoDE’s supporting members included Dr Phil Godsiff, Professor Roger Maull, Megan Beynon, Fran Lumbers, and Kris Henley. CoDE’s Dr David Plans’ BioBeats company was ably represented at its stand by Rufus Hall, and illustrated another angle of the cutting-edge interplay between wearables, health, and digital.

    This joint initiative between the University of Surrey and global animal health company Zoetis will bring together experts from the University’s 5G Innovation Centre, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Centre for the Digital Economy, working together to harness the benefits of the digital age for the health and welfare of animals — and all the speakers agreed that partnerships are the key in this venture. After all, it’s not a case of business being ‘simple’ in the face of ‘complicated’ science – business is becoming just as complicated as scientific endeavour, and just as reliant on true innovation. As Professor Alex Cook observed, it’s now a case of ‘All Data, Great and Small.’ Surrey’s excellence on all three fronts – engineering, medicine, and business – were and are its winning hand.

    This was also an important milestone for CoDE, as it was a particularly critical illustration of the cross Faculty support we’re providing to our colleagues, as well as of essential industry support for our work and ideas.  Through this centre we will be working on a number of innovation projects, and we have outline approval for several Zoetis-funded PhD studentships.

    Business experimentation will feature at the physical and figurative heart of the Vet School, with the new innovation lab as a kind of ‘sister’ initiative to Surrey Business School’s ground-breaking Business Insights Lab. The CoDE team is particularly strong on members who bring an engineering background to their business and entrepreneurial roles.

    All the feedback from the event was very supportive and recognized CoDE’s integral role in investigating the business model and digital platform challenges being faced in areas such as animal health. We’ll be central in this synthesis of medicine, technology and business – pushing forward innovation, as well as adoption.

    We can’t wait to see what further opportunities will arise as a result of this activity – we made some great contacts on our stand at the Launch. Would you like to know more? Get in touch.

    Kris Henley, CoDE Project Officer


Who we work with

At Surrey Business School, we’ve created an innovative and stimulating environment in which our academics, students and alumni work with international corporate businesses, SMEs and government, offering bespoke consultancy and applied education programmes. Here are just a few examples of some of the organisations we’re currently working with:

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