Published: 17 September 2020

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is an engaging and inspiring community, that is dedicated to the discovery and enrichment of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

As a new cohort of undergraduates joins the Faculty, we take the opportunity to celebrate what makes FASS such a special place, and highlight some of the incredible achievements of our students, researchers and academics over the past year.

Student success stories

At Surrey, being an undergraduate means far more than attending lectures and submitting assignments. Our students get involved in research, industry competitions, community activities and much more – and the current pandemic hasn’t changed that.

Read more about our inspiring students in FASS.  

Amazing academics

Our academics engage with our students not just as tutors and lecturers, but also by providing opportunities where students can work alongside them on research projects and summer placements.

Just a few of our amazing academics who’ve recently been recognised for their exceptional work are:

Research that changes lives

In FASS we’re conducting research that has the potential to address some of the world’s biggest challenges.

  • A new academic research project has been launched to shine a spotlight on the wide-ranging impacts on mental health and wellbeing of living with Covid-19 and the associated movement restrictions and other challenges.
  • According to the World Health Organisation, many small drinking supplies in some of the world’s most rural and vulnerable regions are not regularly monitored and inspected. Our experts are interrogating the usability of sanitary inspection forms – a key tool used globally to identify risks in water supplies.

Covid heroes

The current pandemic has brought challenges for everyone, and in FASS, we’re proud of the way many of our academics and students have responded to these challenges – from lending their skills to support others to conducting pioneering research.

Read more about Surrey’s ongoing research which is making a difference in the fight against Covid-19.


There are so many ways to get involved in FASS, over and above your studies. Our students have always been the essence of the Faculty, bringing energy, enthusiasm and new ideas – and we’re sure that this year’s cohort is no exception.

Find out more about FASS.

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