The latest available figures* show that 94% of our recent graduates were in employment or further study. This is a higher figure than that achieved by graduates from Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton and Warwick.
* Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
Best placement programme
Our Professional Training placement programme is admired by other universities around the world.
Over 1,000 partner organisations work with us to provide students from all parts of the University with vital experience of the professional environment. What makes our Professional Training placements so good? They’re built into your degree programme, not bolted onto it.
Best research in key areas
Our campus hosts major national facilities such as the Ion beam Centre, which academics from other universities come here to use. These facilities allow our Award-winning researchers to change the world in important fields such as safe water, sustainable energy, communication, disease control and health.
Since 2006, our major investments include:
£12m Ivy Arts Centre and Guildford School of Acting; £36m Surrey Sports Park, host to 15 teams; £35m 5G Research Centre for the next generation of mobile communications; £47m School of Veterinary Science; £70m Manor Park student village; £13m new Library & Learning Centre.
We have some of the best new academic, library, sports, arts and accommodation facilities of any university in the UK, as well as one of the most envied Professional Training placement programmes in the world. This combination of prestige, expertise, resources and lifestyle is unique, and it’s all to be found here in the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills just half an hour from central London.
The University of Surrey was established on 9 September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to the late 19th century.
Giving students a competitive edge for their future. That’s what we do, and it’s what we have been doing since our very first students passed through our doors in 1894.
The University was established with an aim to educate men and women who had a thirst for knowledge and a hunger to succeed. Whilst times have changed, our belief in the power of education and innovation remains the same.
We recently celebrated the 120th anniversary of our foundation.
The institution has evolved significantly in that time, but some things have remained constant. We strongly believe that we should turn the new knowledge we generate into practical innovations that improve people’s lives. We want our students and academics to make a real impact on the world, for their own benefit as well as the advances they can help to bring about.
These are the attitudes that most clearly define us, and have done so for over 120 years.
Here you can find information about the historical archives of the University of Surrey and its predecessor institution, Battersea Polytechnic (later known as Battersea College of Technology), which was founded in London in 1891.
To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the University of Surrey, we have interviewed a variety of people who have contributed significantly to our past and present. Here, you can listen to the thoughts of a handful of people who have helped make Surrey what it is today.
The University of Surrey was established on 9 September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter but its roots go back to a late 19th century concern to provide greater access to further and higher education for the 'poorer inhabitants' of London.
The forerunner of the University, the Battersea Polytechnic Institute (founded 1891, first students admitted 1894) began concentrating on science and technology from about 1920 and taught day and evening students for degrees of the University of London.
Its academic reputation steadily grew to the point in 1956 where it was one of the first colleges to be designated a 'college of advanced technology'. It was renamed Battersea College of Technology in 1957.