Research in the Faculty
In the latest UK research excellence framework (REF 2014), 93 per cent of our biosciences, health, psychology and veterinary research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, placing Surrey eighth out of 94 institutions submitted in the Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy category.
Our research is driven through nine Research Groups; Brain and Behaviour; Cardiovascular & Cancer studies; Computational & Systems Biology; Enhancing Thinking; Health and Wellbeing; Infectious Diseases; Nursing & Healthcare; Nutrition, Metabolism & Diabetes and Sleep, Chronobiology & Addiction. Each group is led by a senior Professor.
This is an exciting time for the Faculty, and the University of Surrey as a whole. Our new £40m School of Veterinary Medicine, opening in 2015, aims to further grow our research portfolio, within the ‘One Heath — One Medicine’ theme. As part of the integration of biomedical and health research, the University is playing a leading role in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Sciences Network which is set to encourage greater collaboration between academic institutions, the NHS and industry to boost research and innovation in health care.
In 2012, the University was awarded one of 14 BBSRC multi-centre Doctoral Training Partnerships to support postgraduate research. Our many international partnerships are now complemented by the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) which was formally established in 2011 with the University of Sao Paolo and North Carolina State University.
Our extensive, well-established collaborations with industry and the National Health Service continue to provide knowledge transfer to the commercial sector, clinical practice and the wider community.
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Research rated top ten by REF
93 per cent of Surreys biosciences, health and veterinary research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest UK research excellence framework (REF 2014).
4th Best University in the UK
Top research publications
Our staff publish in the top impact factor journals in their field, as well as in the very best interdisciplinary journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS, Neuron and Cell. In the last five years, our top 20 papers (ranked by impact factor) all exceed an impact factor of 13.5, with a top citation of over 150.
£8m grant funding
The Faculty receives programme and project grant funding of around £8m a year from all of the major biomedical and health funding sources, including research councils, government departments, charities, NHS, EC programmes and the pharmaceutical and food industries.
80 academics, 100 research fellows and more than 150 PhD and MD students are involved in our research.
We have invested heavily in our core facilities, spending £26.5m on clinical, animal and omic facilities between 2001-2008. Since then, we have invested £1.4m to upgrade our clinical research facilities, £0.5m to create a veterinary pathology facility and £0.4m to provide a second Category III facility. We have also spent £3.7m on new research equipment and instruments and £0.8m to extend our animal facility for the biomedical sciences.
A £13.2m extension to the library was opened in 2011.