Learning and Teaching at Surrey

Welcome to the Learning and Teaching site of the University of Surrey. Here you'll find information about learning and teaching strategy, policies and resources for staff across the University.

As a University, we aim to provide the highest quality student learning experience that combines academic rigour, personal and professional development and employability through introducing students to the most up-to-date knowledge that will enhance and develop their skills for independent academic study, digital media literacy, innovation, and working in professional contexts.

The strategy for Learning and Teaching is directed by the Vice President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Professor Gill Nicholls, working with senior colleagues across the University through the University Learning and Teaching Committee (ULTC) and Senate.

Within Faculties, Learning and Teaching strategy is overseen by dedicated Associate Deans. Further information on ULTC and its subcommittees is provided in the Committees page. You can also find details of some key staff and their responsibilities in our Contacts page.

Learning and Teaching is supported through a range of Central Service departments, including:

Departments of Higher Education and Technology Enhanced Learning

The University has recently restructured its delivery of academic support and development and established two departments to support the Faculties in the implementation of the strategic priorities set out in the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and in the evaluation of pedagogic practice.


The Department of Higher Education is research-led and evidence-based and gives direction to the enhancement of teaching and learning across the disciplines by providing academic leadership for the continued development of excellence in academic practice. The Department provides a framework for the teaching qualifications of academics, ensuring consistency of standards across the University, and offers certificated programmes and academic development opportunities. The Department assists the Faculties in the implementation of the strategic priorities set out in the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and in the evaluation of pedagogic practice related to innovation in teaching and learning. The Department is involved in research into Higher Education that has gained international recognition.


The Department of Technology Enhanced Learning provides direction in the innovative use of educational technology across the disciplines by providing academic leadership for the continued development of excellence in this area. The Department aims to enhance the student learning experience and raise the aspirations of academic staff in their delivery of teaching, with the aim of supporting and inspiring high quality interventions around the valued research-led teaching agenda across the University. The Department will assist the Faculties in the implementation of the strategic priorities set out in the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and in the evaluation of pedagogic practice related to the use of technology-enhanced teaching and learning.

Library and Learning Support

Library and Learning Support is one provider of advice and guidance whether you are on or off campus.

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