Professor Ravi Silva
Head of the Advanced Technology Institute
Surrey is an open university that allows you to reach your full potential.
"I arrived in 1995 and was immediately attracted by the fact that Surrey is an open university that allows you to reach your full potential, judging you only on what you do. If you work hard you are rewarded."
"We are lucky to be the number one Electronic Engineering department in the country and our links with industry allow us to deliver work that is applicable and beneficial to humanity. I passionately believe in making a difference and at Surrey we do research to serve society, not just for the sake of it."
"We have an approachable and inspirational VC and the short channels we have from the bottom to the top really do shape people's lives and careers. That continues to encourage myself, my colleagues and our students."
Professor Rachel Brooks
Professor of Sociology and Head of Department
My colleagues are great – they're committed to high-quality teaching and research – and I’ve been very impressed with the students in the Department, too
"I took up my post as Head of the Department of Sociology in May 2012, and have very much enjoyed my time here since then. My colleagues are great – they're committed to high-quality teaching and research – and I’ve been very impressed with the students in the Department, too. The undergraduates are very keen and motivated, and I’ve been pleased to supervise postgraduates in my area of expertise – the sociology of education."
"For me, it’s been a return to the University of Surrey as I worked in the School of Politics here up until a few years ago. It’s been good to re-establish relationships with former colleagues, as well as forging new ones within Sociology. In general, I’ve found the University a very friendly and welcoming place to work, and a great base for developing my own research programme while developing collaborations with others."
Prof Graham Miller
Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
The quality of students here is high. They are interesting to work with and truly international. That brings a different perspective.
"I've been at Surrey for a few years now and became Head of School back in the spring. Colleagues from elsewhere are amazed at the support we get, how quickly things happen. We're a lot more entrepreneurial, more dynamic than other institutions."
"The quality of students here is high. They are interesting to work with and truly international. That brings a different perspective and opens doors for research. Even checking my email, there's always something new coming up, an invitation or an idea to pursue."
"I wasn't sure if I could achieve everything I wanted in the UK, I thought I was going to have to move to the USA but Surrey has always given me the resources and space to do things, such as writing my book, time to think, research, developing MSc programmes and spending Fridays working from home! Surrey's given me opportunity after opportunity."
Prof Andrzej Kierzek
Professor of Systems Biology
There are a lot of young skilled people in the university and there is a good atmosphere, very positive.
"This is an incredibly ambitious and dynamic place and there's a lot of momentum, we're always publishing more, receiving more grants. There are a lot of young skilled people in the university and there is a good atmosphere, very positive."
"I feel I have friends here and that's very important, at Surrey being happy is part of the success. I enjoy the best of both worlds living in a country village but close to the capital. I go running in beautiful countryside and every other day take time out to go climbing at the Surrey Sports Park. It's on campus and their climbing wall is state of the art."
"My work is about bringing together and leading a team to advance my particular area of research. Here I can be a successful scientist, a successful group leader and I have incredible role models around me. Like Sir Martin Sweeting - in the 1970's he went up against two of the biggest competitors in the world - NASA and the Soviet Union, to build satellites. Now Surrey Satellite Technology Limited is the leader in its field and he did it, he did it here."