Published: 08 January 2018

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Discover some of our undergraduate student successes from 2017


Last year we celebrated a TEF Gold award, a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our teaching and research in food and nutrition, and being ranked in the top 10 of the Guardian University Guide for the fifth year running. However, the achievements we’re most proud of are the successes of our students. At the University of Surrey, our students are enterprising, bold and ambitious. 2017 was yet another successful year for Surrey students, who continue to take the theory they learn in lectures and apply it to new and exciting challenges. Read on to discover why you should apply to the University of Surrey.  

Some of our students’ achievements in 2017

In 2017, our Guildford School of Acting students lit up screens, stages and hearts. Second year BA Acting student Jamie Sandersfield won the Association of English Singers and Speakers competition at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, triumphing over many talented students with his captivating performance of ‘A Letter to Myra Hindley’.

Food for thought

Our food and nutrition department had an amazing year in 2017, with both students and academics winning prestigious prizes: our academics won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, while BSc Food Science and Microbiology student Ralph Newbold won first place in the Western Regional finals for the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) Young Scientist Competition for his research into probiotics.

Bright new ideas

Surrey students are known for their innovative approaches. BSc Computer Science student Hannah Blair was named Undergraduate of the Year for Innovation at the 2017 TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year competition for her creative and technical work on mobile and web apps.

Cutting-edge safety

Many of our students have been striving to make a real difference in the world. One example of this is BSc Computer Science student Daniel Morris who won the Sean Morley Memorial Prize, awarded by road safety charity AIRSO, in recognition of his mobile app which identifies the safest way to reach your destination.

Lunar luminaries

Some of our student achievements from the past year have been out of this world. A team of Surrey students won first prize at the first UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS) Lunar Rover Competition, after successfully designing, constructing and testing a lunar rover.

Building success

At Surrey, we always encourage our students to pursue opportunities. MEng Civil Engineering student Joanna Hartnell won first place at the South East Women in Property (WiP) Awards. Joanna’s achievement takes the University’s record of winning the WiP award to six times in eight years, making 2017 the fifth consecutive year that a Surrey student has won the award.


These are just a small selection of the many student achievements that took place at Surrey last year, and we know that many more Surrey students will achieve incredible things in 2018.

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