Research and innovation heritage and performance

The University of Surrey has a long and distinguished heritage in both research and innovation dating back to its origins as the Battersea Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1891.

Since the University moved to Guildford and received its Royal Charter in 1966, it has continued with its traditional strengths in science, engineering, and industrial engagement, and broadened its base to incorporate humanities, arts, business and the social sciences.

The University has reached considerable heights in many areas:

Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education

The Queen's Anniversary Prize 2017

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education were first awarded in 1994, and recognise subject areas for outstanding excellence, innovation and beneficial impact. Surrey has won four such prizes in:

  • 1996 – Engineering for the space industry
  • 2002 – Ion beams and optoelectronic devices
  • 2011 – Safe drinking water and sanitatio
  • 2017 – Food and nutrition.

USPs, collaboration, organisation and esteem

The University has invested in and nurtured a variety of areas that have grown to the scale needed to obtain global recognition.

Our place for research and innovation