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Surrey named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times

Surrey awarded two University of the Year titles, achieving top spot overall and for Student Experience.

  • University of Surrey rises to eighth place in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016
  • Exceptional student satisfaction, rising entry standards and a high graduate employment rate named top reasons for league table success

The University of Surrey has scooped two University of the Year awards in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and has risen to eighth place in the overall university rankings.

The University of Surrey’s outstanding performance in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) combined with excellent graduate prospects, high entry standards and an increase in applications and enrolments have helped secure the prestigious accolade of University of the Year, both overall and for Student Experience.

Rising three places since last year to eighth place, this is the first time the University of Surrey has achieved a coveted top ten ranking in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. This follows Surrey being named fourth in the Guardian University League Tables 2016 and eighth in the Complete University Guide 2016 earlier this year.  

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Surrey has been named overall ‘University of the Year’ and ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ recognising the dedication of our staff and our commitment to students. This reflects our focus on quality in teaching and research coupled with real commitment to delivering high quality outcomes and very high levels of student satisfaction.

“Our recent investment in a new School of Veterinary Medicine, one of only eight in the UK and Ireland, the world-leading £70m 5G Innovation Centre for future communications research and our internationally renowned Sports Park represent just some of the recent major developments at Surrey which have helped the University achieve top ten rankings in all major UK league tables.”

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 praised the University of Surrey for being one of “the most innovative universities in the UK: reducing its dependence on state funding, investing £400m to develop the campus in Guildford, and launching a joint venture in China”, as well as “a new £45m veterinary school”. It also commended its low dropout rate and commitment to undergraduates from poor socio-economic groups.

Top ten subject rankings

Thirteen of our subjects were ranked top ten by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016: 

Number one for student experience

The University of Surrey was one of just two universities in the UK to break the 90% mark for student experience in this year’s Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide analysis of the latest National Student Survey. This has underpinned Surrey’s second University of the Year accolade: University of the Year for Student Experience.

Mustie Smith, President of the University of Surrey Students’ Union, said: “It is amazing that our University has been awarded University of the Year for Student Experience, as it is a great reflection of the relationship we as a Union have with the University.

“Student needs are changing every year, and as a Union we constantly meet with senior members of staff within the University to feed back on how the student experience can be improved.

“I believe the University absolutely deserves this award. When we talk to them on behalf of the entire student body, they genuinely listen and really work hard to deliver. The fact that senior members of staff within the University, and members of University Council really care about the experience students have at Surrey is, in my opinion what has driven and will continue to drive the University’s success. I look forward to another year of us working alongside the University to enhance the experience of all our members here at Surrey.” 

Learn more about our league table success and discover why our students, staff and alumni are proud to be part of the University of Surrey.

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