News story

Driving positive change

As the University celebrates its 50th anniversary in Guildford its new social impact report, Driving Positive Change, has been launched. 

It considers the impact and contribution of the University to society at a local, national and international level.

The Report reflects on the collective achievements of the University community, and how Surrey has worked with the local town to give back to society. Through annual observation, measurement and reflection, the University intends to increase its contribution to positive change.

The Report will enable the University to monitor trends and understand the full effect we have on broader society, which in turn will guide the University’s future contribution to society in order to drive this positive change.

A taste of this year’s social impact report:

  • 17,300 jobs supported across the UK by the University and Surrey Research Park
  • £1.7bn gross value added generated across the UK by the University and Surrey Research Park
  • 8,495 students took part in Widening Participation and Outreach activities in 2014-15
  • 3,721 items of food donated to the Salvation Army and North Guildford Food Bank through the Students’ Union #GetGivingFood campaign 2016