Press release
Published: 30 November 2016

University of Surrey sponsors exciting new partnership role at Kings College School, Guildford

By Peter La

Young people in Guildford stand to benefit from an innovative new initiative from the University of Surrey in 2017. Celebrating the University’s 50th anniversary by giving something back to the local community, a partnership with Kings College School, Guildford and the Guildford Education Partnership Multi Academy Trust (GEP Academies) has been formed. As part of this, a new Widening Participation Coordinator role based at Kings College has been created, which will focus on bridging the gap between higher education and school for Guildford’s young people and their parents/carers. This initiative aims to engage and inspire young people studying at Kings College into thinking about future educational pathways and to raise their aspirations.


  • New full time Widening Participation Coordinator role to be launched by University of Surrey with Kings College, Guildford in early 2017
  • University working in partnership with Kings College and Guildford Education Partnership Multi Academy Trust to engage and inspire Guildford’s young people
  • To celebrate and leave a lasting local legacy, the University is marking its 50th anniversary in Guildford with activities both on and off campus including this new partnership role

Alastair McKenzie, Principal at Kings College, said: “Kings is delighted to be developing our partnership with the University of Surrey. We have incredibly high aspirations for all of our students and know that this position will help support students in making informed decisions about their future education pathways.”

Anna Wright, Chair of Governors at Kings College, said: "We know there are many girls and boys in our community who could achieve brilliantly at university. This post will massively increase their opportunities to think about all the different things they could study and how they can get funding to support them."

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor at University of Surrey, said: “We are committed to supporting young people in Guildford in reaching their potential and are delighted to be able to work in closer partnership with Kings College, and GEP Academies. This role provides a great opportunity to develop new and exciting activities to enhance the capacity of the school and the community for a bright future for young people and families.”

To find out more about this exciting new role please visit Jobs at Surrey. 

The University of Surrey’s Royal Charter was signed on 09 September 1966, establishing the University in Guildford from its roots in Battersea, London. To celebrate and leave a lasting local legacy, the University is marking the occasion with activities both on and off campus.

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