• Update regarding a student death – please read

    Dear colleagues and students,

    Further to Professor Jane Powell’s email this morning, I wanted to provide more information to support staff and students after the tragic death of a fellow student on a sports trip in Italy. The student has now been named as John Igboanugo, a first-year physics undergraduate student.

    The cause of the John's death remains unexplained, however we continue to work with Public Health England as there is a possibility that the cause may have been meningitis.

    I need to stress again that it is only suspected at this stage - no cause of death has been confirmed. We have been in contact with close friends and colleagues of John to ensure their wellbeing. We will of course keep all staff and students updated with appropriate information when necessary.

    Meningitis symptoms and support – advice from Public Health England

    Meningococcal bacteria are carried in the back of the throat of about one in ten people at any one time, but only very rarely cause illness. Most people who carry the bacteria become immune to them. The bacteria do not spread easily and only those who have had prolonged, close contact with the person are at a slightly greater risk of becoming ill.

    People who have not had prolonged, close contact, for example classmates, friends, social acquaintances, visitors to the house etc, are NOT at any greater risk than the rest of the population and do not need antibiotics. Those who have shared drinks with the person but have not had prolonged close contact also have no increased risks.

    It is sensible to be aware of the signs and symptoms, which are outlined below. The bacteria can cause either meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain) or septicaemia (blood poisoning) or both. This disease can be serious. It is therefore important that it is dealt with very quickly, as it can be treated most effectively in the early stages.

    Signs and symptoms

    Severe headacheBruising/ rash
    Stiff neckRapid breathing
    Dislike of bright lightJoint/ muscle pain
    SeizuresCold hands and feet
    Confusion/ irritabilityConfusion/ irritability
    Extreme sleepiness/ difficulty wakingExtreme sleepiness/ difficulty waking

    Not all of these signs and symptoms may show at once and meningococcal disease can be hard to identify at first because it can be like a bad case of flu.

    If you are in any doubt or are concerned about your health, or the health of others, please call NHS 111 urgently.

    Further information is available from: 

    If you have been affected by this news please contact the Centre for Wellbeing or call us on 01483 689498.


    Paul Stephenson

    VP Human Resources and Silver Duty Manager

  • Important message regarding a student death – please read

    It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a fellow student has died during a sports trip to Italy.  The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them and close friends at this difficult time.  


    The cause of the death is currently unexplained and we are working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the tour operator and Public Health England to understand the full circumstances. While the cause has not been confirmed, doctors in Italy suspect it might be due to meningitis. It is important to stress that it is only suspected at this stage. 


    If you, or someone you know, requires support in light of this news, please contact the University’s Centre for Wellbeing on campus by emailing, calling 01483 689498, or visiting the Centre in person. Trained staff will be available for anyone in need of support or who would like to talk to someone confidentially. 


    Support is also available from the Samaritans - a confidential listening service for anyone in distress needing to talk. They can be reached 24 hours a day on 08457 9009090, online or via email. 


    We would respectfully ask that should you receive any approaches from the media, you direct them to our Media Relations Team - or 07773 479911. 

  • Easter Campus Services

    Staying here on campus over Easter?

    Over the Easter holiday, the majority of University departments and services will run as normal except for a few days between Thursday 13 April and Wednesday 19 April inclusive. While the University will be quieter during the closure period, there are still plenty of services available to you.

    If something happens and you need help; support is always available Security Services and the Warden Team. You can contact your Warden by email as usual and in the case of an emergency via Security on 01483 68 3333.

    If you are ill during the closure period, you can access health services at the various Guildowns Medical Centres (contact details are available on their website). You can also dial NHS 111 for non-emergency medical help.

    The Residences Receptions will be open nearly every day for collection of post and parcels and for general enquiries about your accommodation.

    The Library will remain open throughout the Easter vacation and were are pleased to confirm that Simply Fresh will be open every day (including the Easter weekend).


    What else is on?

    There’s lots on to see and do in Guildford and Surrey over the Easter period and you can also find out more here.

    We have two new Enterprise cars at Manor Park and Stag Hill for students to use to go out and about. If you have not yet registered to join the student car club then you can do so via the Enterprise website quoting introductory offer STUS30.

    If you are staying with us on campus we hope you have a peaceful and relaxing time. For a full list of campus services and their opening times over the Easter break please see the Easter Campus Services page.

Event Calendar

  • Medical Physics Talk

    25 April 2017

    26 April 2017

    Course Objectives and Content

    The IELTS Evening Preparation Course is designed to prepare you for the IELTS examination and help you to achieve your best possible band score. The course focuses on the four skills tested in the exam and combines the following aspects:

    • exam familiarisation
    • skills development (e.g. increasing reading speed, planning an essay)
    • academic vocabulary development
    • exam strategy
    • practice tests and feedback

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  • Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Management Research Day Series

    27 April 2017

    The Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Management is pleased to host a research day over Easter at Surrey Business School for academics, students and practitioners in the field of sustainability.

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