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.

Alliance for YOUth toolkit launched at Surrey Business School

Working in partnership with Nestle and over 200 other companies in the Alliance, this November saw the launch of the Alliance for YOUth employability toolkit at Surrey Business School.

Read Katie’s blog to find out how a group of our undergraduate students contributed to the initiative and found their ‘business ready brains’.

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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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2nd for Accounting & Finance / 7th for Business Management - Guardian University Guide 2016

4th for Business - NSS 2015

Learn more about our key league table positions.

Entrepreneurship and innovation: a video series

Watch Professor Alan Brown, Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Surrey Business School, tackle vital issues for businesses large and small in this series of short videos.

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Our PhD alumni

Our recent postgraduate research alumni are working in over 30 countries across the globe, creating a powerful alumni network and adding depth, breadth and strength to research and teaching.

Visit our postgraduate research page to learn more about our PhD alumni.

Featured news


Award winning business graduate

Surrey Business School is proud to announce that Segun Akinwoleola, a Business Management BSc graduate has been named a rising star in the Black British Business Awards for his achievements in the retail and consumer sector.

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Surrey secures funding for Digital Innovation Centre for Animal Health

Surrey Business School forms part of a unique partnership which combines animal health, digital innovation and business collaboration.

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Surrey Business School collaborates with Miller Brands to improve gender diversity

Surrey MBA students are working with Miller Brands, the UK subsidiary of one of the world’s largest beer companies SABMiller as part of a ‘gender diversity in the workplace’ project.

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  • There is a perception that university can only prepare you with the theory behind the job you do. Employers are increasingly finding that graduates are lacking the skills they require to maintain a role within their organisations. So, what are we going to do about it? What opportunities are there to apply theory to practice and put ourselves to the test?

    Alliance for YOUth: Toolkit Launch

    The Alliance for YOUth aims to bridge the gap between the skills graduates are traditionally equipped with when leaving university and what organisations actually expect from their employees. Over 200 companies have joined Nestle, along with many schools and universities, including the University of Surrey, to provide an ‘employability toolkit’ to thousands of young people, equipping them with the skills they need to succeed.

    Friday 6 November 2015 saw the launch of this toolkit, sponsored and hosted right here at Surrey Business School. It invited representatives from the organisations involved in the alliance, young people from these companies, as well as students from the university itself. Those who attended were treated to an overview of the toolkit, which covers areas such as how to find a job, managing your digital footprint and the CV and interview process. Later in the day saw interactive discussions with the alliance organisations which included what they expect from graduates and potential employees and their tips for gaining employment.

    My experience…

    Having had the opportunity to ‘pilot’ the toolkit as part of my Business Management BSc programme at Surrey, I was lucky enough to be one of the students invited to present at the launch and talk to the audience about my experience. This was incredibly scary (especially knowing who was in the audience) but was also hugely rewarding. The day provided me with so many networking opportunities in which I could gain some valuable contacts in some of the biggest organisations in Europe, whilst finding out what activities they are involved in and what opportunities there are for undergraduates like me, both during placement year and beyond university. I think how I presented myself on the day, both during my presentation and during these networking opportunities, is testament to what I have learnt during the past year and a half at Surrey Business School, as well as to the toolkit, which provided me with further skills in interacting in a professional manner.

    Is Surrey Business School providing me with the theoretical knowledge to understand business? Yes. Is it also providing me with the skills and ability to successful apply and adapt this knowledge to real world situations? Absolutely! I honestly feel as though Surrey Business School is giving me the best possible chance of landing a great job- both for my placement year and as a graduate. Surrey’s involvement with great initiatives such as Alliance for YOUth are an invaluable part of this process.

    Building a ‘business ready brain’ is not easy but it is a key part of the culture here at Surrey – making the most of the opportunities around me and stepping out of my comfort zone can only be a good thing!

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    From left to right: Professor Andy Adcroft, Acting Head of Surrey Business School with our Surrey Business School Undergraduate presenters: Nikita Agarwal, Katie Aldridge and Sifat Hasan

    Photo credits: Oleg Tolstoy of Oleg Tolstoy Photography

    A guest blog by Katie Aldridge, BSc Business Management, Surrey Business School.

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  • Crowdfunding is a skill which entrepreneurs need to develop in the modern business world to promote products, ideas and projects. It goes well beyond raising capital for a new venture and includes pre-commerce, branding, and networking as well. Ultimately, it is about building a community who share similar interests and embarking on a journey together.

    Crowdfunding and the modern entrepreneur

    As part of the University of Surrey Entrepreneurship MSc programme, students prepared and launched donation/reward-based campaigns to raise funds for 3 different projects on the university crowdfunding platform supported by our partner, Crowdfunder. This represents a fantastic effort!

    Although students seek funding, the real goal is to reach out to others who care about these projects to build a community.

    How can you support student enterprise?

    Please see the projects below, talk about them and share them with other people who are interested.

    Save the Monkeys– Supports an animal-welfare awareness programme run by staff member at University of Surrey vet school to help monkeys co-exist with humans in Malaysia

    Making Life Work with Mental Illness— Supports a local social enterprise in Guildford, Oakleaf Enterprise, to run an art therapy programme for local mental illness

    USSU Theatre Society- Animal Farm 2016— Supports a student-run theatre production planned for February 2016 – their last crowdfunded effort was fantastic too.

    To find out more about student enterprise, crowding or our entrepreneurship programmes at Surrey contacts us at

  • It’s that time of year again when, with the promise of the “hardest process ever”, 18 young and not so young hopefuls set out on a journey which may end up with them being Lord Sugar’s apprentice come business partner. This is business TV, there to entertain, inform and educate. But what is the learning from The Apprentice?


    On the basis of the first two episodes (and the last ten series), I think there are three lessons that are consistently taught on The Apprentice:

    Lesson #1: Sales is not a science, it is not an art. Sales is about standing on either a street corner or outside a mobile shop of some kind and shouting at passers-by.

    I’m not too sure about this one. Bill Payne, our MBA President, always says that if you don’t sell you go to hell so I know selling is important but, really, sales is shouting? I met a guy called Mike Ames for breakfast last week and he’s very much in the science camp. He’s already built and sold one £40 million business and is well on the way to building another with his Sales Academy so he needs to be taken seriously. He talks about sales as building relationships and persuasion, as something that requires investment, training and care. There doesn’t seem to be much of that going on in the battle to please Lord Sugar.

    Lesson #2: People should be criticised, as brutally and negatively as possible, for not being very good at things they have never done before.

    It strikes me that being good at something takes time and lots of things have got to happen before anyone becomes good at something. There has to be practice and feedback, time needs to be invested to generate expertise in anything. By the end of episode 2 we learnt that you probably won’t be very good at cooking fish the first time you do it, your debut as a director will probably be disappointing and if you’ve never sold anything before there is a good chance you’ll stand on a street corner and shout at passers-by and not sell anything.

    Lesson #3: You should never try and learn from failure, be honest about failure or actually be a failure at anything (even if you are doing it for the first time). When faced with failure, you should try and find someone to blame.

    Matthew Syed has a great book out at the moment called Black Box Thinking where he discusses the importance of failure to improvement and learning. Open loop learning should be the direction of travel: we try something, it doesn’t go right, we work out why and try something better and, if that doesn’t work out, we persevere and try again until we do get it right. Lean start-ups are part of this type of learning.


    Where does all this leave us? The Apprentice is probably better for entertainment (who doesn’t take just a smidgeon of pleasure from the amazing lack of self-awareness that most of the candidates show) but not so great for informing and educating. If you want to learn about the science and art of management and if you want to learn how to do a host of new things in a structured way that helps you develop expertise then you might want to do an MBA rather than go on The Apprentice.

    Andy Adcroft is Acting Head of Surrey Business School.

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