Corporate strategy: 2017–22

Our strategy is a blueprint for the future that builds on the University’s current strengths and presents a clear vision to make the University of Surrey a truly great global institution.

The University will publish its refreshed strategy, Forward thinking. And doing (2021 – 2024) in September 2021.

Surrey Advantage: our corporate strategy 2017-22

World-class, Surrey Advantage

The Surrey Advantage is marked by exceptional graduates who can think critically and differently and make a real impact on society. This is underpinned by:

  • Excellence in academic programmes, teaching practice and facilities
  • Practice-centred Professional Training programmes with enhanced soft skills
  • Extra-curricular activities and campus life that lead to the confidence to adapt to change as well as an outstanding network of friends and alumni.

Our vision

The University of Surrey will be a leading global university. We will be renowned for the outstanding quality and impact of our graduates and research, as well as our collective contributions to society. We will build on our distinctive heritage of practice-based learning and excellent student experience, and embrace our future by focusing on digital transformation.

Our mission

The University of Surrey provides excellent education, and advances and disseminates knowledge.

The University transforms lives and shapes the world for a better future by partnering with students, governments, businesses, alumni and local communities.

The University makes social and economic impacts through research and innovation, and provides solutions to global challenges.

Our strategic goals

We will have achieved our ambitions when we have become:

  • A global leader in higher education and a destination of choice for higher learning in the UK and internationally
  • A leading research institution with talented staff and students committed to research excellence and to benefitting the economy, society and the environment
  • A preferred partner for government, business, industry and other universities in creating technological solutions, digital transformation and policy innovation
  • A financially astute and sustainable institution with diverse funding support, including philanthropy
  • An engaged and connected university which is the intellectual home for alumni, supporters and the local community.

Our strategic priorities

  1. Consolidate our excellent teaching and continue to improve the student experience to respond to students’ growing expectations of enhanced academic quality, support services, facilities, accommodation and pathways to employment.
  2. Enhance our excellent research and increase its impact to respond to an ever more competitive environment by improving the quality of research and by retaining and attracting top talent.
  3. Build a global reputation and diverse resource base through engagement and partnerships to allow us to reach our education and research goals.
  4. Be financially sustainable, attract and retain talented staff, enhance our digital and physical infrastructure, and increase operational efficiency and effectiveness in response to rising expectations and competition.

Our values

Our organisation is built on a core set of values. These define us as ambitious, but not at any cost. They tell us to be focused on our mission while encouraging creativity, respecting our people, and enabling them to realise their full potential. Our values underpin a strong culture of excellence, diversity, resilience and collaboration, which require us to be agile to change, and ready to adapt where and when we should.

The University of Surrey conducts its business by the following values:

We include everyone

Through valuing equality and diversity in people, cultures and ideas, we build a vibrant and caring environment that supports people based on humanity, compassion and fairness.

We set stretching goals

Through working to make the most of our potential and by taking advantage of opportunities, we add value for our students, staff, partners and for society as a whole.

We work in partnership

Through supporting staff and students to work closely together across disciplines, with businesses and with industry, we benefit society.

We always aim to do the right thing

Through a commitment to honesty, decency and transparency, we uphold the highest ethical standards and professionalism.

We strive to be the best we can be

Through a focus on quality, we always seek to improve everything we do.