press release
Published: 18 September 2023

Ranking successes enhance Surrey’s reputation

The University of Surrey continues to enhance its reputation as one of the UK’s leading universities with strong performances in three national league tables.  

Surrey moved up one place to 21st in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, and remains the number three university in the South East region. 

This follows a three-place improvement to the 21st spot in the Guardian University Guide 2024, thanks to improvements in six of the eight indicators.  

The University is also ranked 14th in the overall table of the inaugural University Rankings in the Daily Mail. 

Neither the Guardian nor the Times league table made use of the 2023 NSS results, which gave the University of Surrey an overall student positivity score of 85.3%*, which ranks fourth in the UK for student satisfaction.

Times Good University Guide 2024 

Surrey moved up one place to 21st in the overall table. 

Seven subjects at Surrey were ranked in the top 10** 

  • Food Science 2nd 
  • Drama, Dance & Cinematics 3rd 
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 3rd 
  • Sociology 7th 
  • Nursing 8th 
  • Aeronautical and Manufacturing Eng 10th 
  • Subjects allied to medicine 10th 

Guardian University Guide 

The Guardian’s methodology reused the 2022 NSS results but removed the Overall Satisfaction indicator. 

Seven subjects at Surrey were ranked in the top 10*** 

  • Music 2nd 
  • Paramedic Science 4th 
  • Languages & linguistics 4th  
  • Drama and Dance 5th 
  • Criminology 6th 
  • Nutrition & food science 6th 
  • Hospitality, event management and tourism 8th 

Daily Mail 

The methodology for the Daily Mail rankings is similar to that of the Times and Complete University Guide tables, but with the addition of an indicator based on ‘First in Family’ which looks at the proportion of students whose parents didn’t attend university. No subject-level tables were published.  


University of Surrey President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Max Lu said: 


“This year has seen significant achievements in our endeavours to deliver our mission of education, student experience and research. These have been reflected in our rising ranking position, for example, in the National Student Survey, THE Impact rankings and Complete University Guide. 

“These latest rankings successes are a further recognition of our community’s hard work and contributions to an outstanding student experience and high-quality teaching. This is integral to our vision for growth, defined by the scale and the impact of everything we do. 

“I would like to thank our staff and students for building on the success of previous years and for ensuring that Surrey continues to help transform lives for the better.” 


Notes to editors

*Based on questions 1-24. 

**excluding Veterinary Medicine as only 8 institutions are ranked. 

**Excluding Veterinary Science as only 9 institutions are ranked. 

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