Award winners

From ground-breaking research centres and groups to pioneering academics, dedicated professional staff and outstanding students, Surrey is home to a wide range of award-winning individuals in a variety of fields.

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

The Vice Chancellor’s Awards recognise exceptional performances by individual members of staff, students and alumni, and the contribution they make to the success of the University of Surrey. Awards are made annually in the following categories:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Postgraduate Research
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Colleague of the Year
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Going The Extra Mile
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Contribution to Student Life
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Award

Honor Beaumont Award

The Honor Beaumont Award was created in memory of Honor Beaumont, Secretary to the Professional Training Committee. This award recognises members of staff who have provided exceptional support to the student Professional Training experience.

Selected academic awards

Academics at Surrey regularly receive awards for their work. Full details can be found on individual school and department pages.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili – RISE Award

The RISE awards celebrate pioneering academics who are innovators in engineering and science research.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili was named one of the ten RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) leaders for 2014 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The RISE awards honour some of the best scientists and engineers, both as established leaders in their field and as future leaders in emerging fields.

Professor Ravi Silva – JJ Thomson Achievement Medal

Director of the Advanced Technology Institute, (ATI) Professor Ravi Silva, has received the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 2014 JJ Thomson Achievement Medal for his contributions to electronics.

Professor Silva, working within Surrey’s Department of Electronic Engineering, was awarded one of four annual Prestige IET awards from one of the world’s largest engineering institutions.

Professor Alf Adams – Rank Prize

Professor Alf Adams was awarded the Rank Prize for his research into the structure of semiconductor lasers by The Rank Prize Funds, a charitable organisation celebrating innovators in the fields of nutrition and optoelectronics.

Professor Adams proposed in 1986 that the electronic band structure of semiconductor quantum well lasers could be significantly improved by deliberately growing the active region in a state of strain.

The infrared laser diode is at the core of CD and DVD technology, fast broadband and supermarket checkout scanners. This was voted the fifth most important UK scientific discovery of all time.