press release
Published: 21 December 2016

Driving Positive Change – University of Surrey launches Social Impact Report

By Peter La

The University of Surrey has launched a new social impact report, Driving Positive Change, reflecting on the impact and contribution of the University to society.

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  • University's inaugural report on social impact, “Driving positive change”, highlights the impact the University has made and will continue to make on society and the world, together with the support of the people of Guildford and Surrey, its staff and students
  • The report represents an ongoing commitment at Surrey to assessing and managing the ways in which the University makes a difference to society

As the University celebrates its 50th anniversary in Guildford, the Report reflects on the collective achievements of the University community, and how Surrey has worked with the town to give back to society. Through annual observation, measurement and reflection, the University intends to increase its contribution to positive change locally, nationally and globally.

Professor G.Q. Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor at University of Surrey, said: “This report, and the contributions represented within its pages, could not have been achieved without the support of the people of Guildford and Surrey and the hard work and dedication of our staff and students.  By continuing to recognise, understand and improve our impact, we can contribute to positive change locally, nationally, and around the world.”

Councillor Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, said: "I very much welcome the contribution that the University of Surrey makes to Guildford’s economy and to the wellbeing of our residents, as demonstrated in the social impact report.  The University has gone from strength-to-strength in its first 50 years in Guildford and we look forward to working together in future for the benefit of those who live and work in our Borough."

Find out more about the University’s social impact and read the full report. 

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.

Explore our history and see how you can be part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

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