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University of Surrey scoops at Times Higher Education Awards

Surrey celebrates success with the Times Higher Education DataPoints Merit Award.

The award was presented to the University of Surrey team by actor Richard E. Grant

The University of Surrey topped a new category at the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards last night (November 24).

The DataPoints Merit Award recognises a UK university that combines exceptional performance across teaching and research missions, emphasising the additional value that the institution provides to its students and graduates. Surrey was the winning institution, beating the University of Kent, and Loughborough and Swansea universities.

The award draws from data collected by THE about institutions in the UK and across the world, and combines analysis from the research excellence framework (REF) 2014 with the recent THE mock teaching excellence framework assessment to highlight institutions that stand out as being strong in both teaching and research.


THE recognised Surrey for not only its teaching strength and proportion of students from widening participation backgrounds, but also its impressive scores in REF – elements that provide a compelling advantage in an increasingly competitive sector.

The University was well represented at the awards ceremony with guests including our VP Voice, Tai Ademola, and a number of academic and professional support staff from across the University.

Professor Vince Emery, Senior Vice-President (Global Strategy and Engagement), said: “This is a great achievement in a new category for the THE Awards and reflects the efforts of all components of the University – our world class research and our commitment to the student experience through excellent teaching and professional support services.

It is recognition of the expertise and dedication of all staff in creating the successful partnership between the University and our students - Professor Vince Emery

This award tops off a fantastic week for the University of Surrey which also won a QS Apple Creative award in Malaysia for an annual review film developed by the University. QS Apple is the prime conference and exhibition for international educators in Asia, Europe, America and Australasia.