Our mission is to sustainably improve the health and wellbeing of humans and animals, and their environments through new knowledge and its application to the design, development and delivery of responsible innovation and impact.
About our research
Our University Research and Innovation strategy and our Faculty Research and Innovation Strategy 2022-25 (PDF) are underpinned by an understanding of the importance of collaboration and co-creation — with colleagues and with those individuals, groups and organisations beyond our Faculty and University who have an interest in our work, and with those who have an interest in their work. We use these interactions to shape what research we do, as well as how it is conducted, disseminated and used; through such knowledge exchange and stakeholder involvement we will foster innovation for the widest possible benefit. Indeed, it is the varied disciplinary knowledge, personal and professional networks, and life experiences and skills of our research and innovation community that will enable us to achieve our mission.
Our expertise includes the following areas of research.
Chronobiology and sleep
Alleviating disrupted sleep and managing circadian timing for improved health outcomes.
Digital health and data science
Gathering new data insights to advance diagnostics, treatment and care.
Advancing pedagogic research to shape individuals and influencing society for the better.
Healthy ageing and supporting long-term conditions
Defining mechanisms and markers of age-related disease to improve intervention and care.
Infection and immunity
Understanding microbes, host immunity and preventing the spread of infectious disease.
We are committed to fostering an open research culture. In these case studies, researchers from our Faculty explain how they have used open and transparent practices to carry out and communicate their research, and explore the benefits and challenges of being open.
Find out more about Open Research at Surrey, and download the Open Research Handbook (PDF).
Open research principles for vet students
Dr Simon Archer, Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Research, describes how open research principles related to research pre-registration have been included in the learning and teaching of clinical research methods at undergraduate level.
Training scientists to use genomics programs
Dr Arnoud van Vliet, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology, has been addressing some of the issues scientists encounter when completing genomics data analyses.
Maximising the impact of patient-doctor video observation data
Dr Katriina Whitaker, Reader in Cancer Care, and her team of researchers have been embracing the principles of open research, with a focus on the creation, storage and dissemination of research, as well as its preservation for further impact.
Impact in conversation
Our researchers share their latest discoveries and how they’re having a positive impact on society.
Our 'One Health, One Medicine' approach
Research by school
Our schools all work together to provide interdisciplinary research, innovation and teaching in human and animal health. We generate new knowledge through our research and apply it to the design, development and delivery of societal benefit.