Published: 26 April 2017

University of Surrey courses ranked top in the country

Two academic programmes at the University of Surrey have ranked number one in the country, new league tables from The Complete University Guide for 2018 reveal.

Food Science and Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism, have once again topped the tables in their respective disciplines, showcasing Surrey’s expertise in these areas. Joining them in the top ten of subjects ranked by excellence are 17 of the 33 subjects offered by the University, highlighting the high-quality education and research available at Surrey.

Such impressive results puts the University of Surrey second behind the University of Oxford for standard of education in the South East and an overall 13th place nationally.

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of University of Surrey said:

I am delighted that two of our academic subject areas have been recognised as the best in the country and that so many of our courses made it into the top ten of subjects ranked by excellence. These findings reinforce our world-class reputation for education and research and represent the hard work and dedication of all our staff and students.

The Food Science courses, are led by Dr Adam Collins (Nutrition), Dr Barbara Engel (Dietetics) and Dr Jonathan Brown (Food Science).

Professor Susan Lanham-New, Head of the Department, said: 

“I am extremely proud of the team, to be ranked number one in the country in Food Science for the third year running is testament to our world recognised strength and depth in research, coupled to our dedication to teaching excellence, innovation and support. We are all committed to the development and nurturing of the next generation of nutrition scientists, dieticians and food scientists, building a legacy of significant influence in the field. I am delighted that the team have been recognised, once again, for its devotion to food science education, and I want to congratulate the team on their hard work in maintain such a continued high standard in the field.”

Professor Caroline Scarles, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, said:

We are very proud that Surrey has, once again, been recognised for excellence in hospitality and tourism education. We have a world-leading reputation and work very hard to ensure that we can continue to offer our students a learning environment that will develop them to become professional graduates in their chosen industry. Our legacy in hospitality and tourism education has built an alumni network of over 10,000 professionals with many of these establishing themselves as global leaders.

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of the Hotcourses Group, which acquired, said:

The rankings provided by are widely respected and cited both at home and, importantly, overseas. The CUG league tables increasingly enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the very different Whatuni Student Choice Awards. Both exist to help students make one of the most important decisions of their lives – the right choice of subject and the right university for them.

This accolade builds on an already fantastic year for the University which was recently ranked fifth by Times Higher Education for student experience, an impressive rise of 21 places on the previous year. The Guide is put together through examining entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects.

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