Our work ranges in scale from nuclear physics to interplanetary space exploration, and we have an enviable reputation for the contributions we have made towards a variety of challenges faced by our society. These challenges include improving our environment, health, communications, transport, security, information technologies, energy and water.

About our research

We believe in the importance of linking fundamental scientific research to engineering applications, so many of these activities are underpinned by strong industrial links, and several successful spin-out companies have resulted from this. About half of our income comes from Research Councils UK (principally EPSRC), a third from the EU, and the rest mainly from industry (our largest clients being EADS Astrium, Rolls Royce, E.on, Toyota, AWE and QinetiQ).

Take a look at the research outputs for University of Surrey on the Nature index site.

Research excellence

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In the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Surrey achieved a ‘Research Power’ ranking of 22nd out of 106 institutions for its research in engineering and the physical sciences (REF Panel B).

The Faculty improved its quality rating score in each of the five key research areas where it made a submission, compared to the previous research exercise (RAE) in 2008.

Rated as world-leading or internationally excellent

  • 93 per cent of our electrical and electronic engineering research
  • 93 per cent metallurgy and materials research
  • 84 per cent of our physics research.

In the General Engineering category, 80 per cent of our research was also rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Themes, groups and centres

Our research strategy encompasses 10 multi-disciplinary themes which our groups and centres work in.

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Innovation for health

Innovation for health research in the Faculty for Engineering and Physical Sciences includes: medical engineering such as biomedical, chemical, electrical and physical sciences such as chemistry, computing, mathematics across many medical indications. Our research helps to diagnose, treat, recover from and prevent illness and disease.

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Research opportunities

We are keen to support fellowship applications for talented applicants so we have listed some current fellowships.

Faculty Research and Innovation team

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Professor Julie Yeomans

Professor of Ceramic Materials, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation)

Research directors

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Professor David Carey

Research Director of Surrey Space Centre

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Professor Robert Dorey

Research Director of Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Professor Angela Druckman

Research Director of Centre for Environment and Sustainability

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Dr Marian Florescu

Research Director of Department of Physics and Advanced Technology Institute (Physics)

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Professor Adrian Hilton

Research Director of Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing

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Dr Devendra Saroj

Research Director of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Professor Nishanth Sastry

Research Director of Department of Computer Science

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Professor Ravi Silva

Research Director of Advanced Technology Institute (EEE)

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Professor Anne Skeldon

Research Director of Department of Mathematics

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Professor Rahim Tafazolli

Research Director of Institute for Communication Systems

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Professor John Varcoe

Research Director of Department of Chemistry

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Professor Charley Wu

Research Director of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

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