Research strategy

Our research strategy provides an ambitious pathway that ensures the University of Surrey has a coherent approach to its research strengths.

Mission statement

We will enhance our research excellence and scale to be recognised internationally as a leading research university. Research is at the heart of our mission to create new knowledge and innovate for the benefit of society.  


Our overarching objective is to achieve research activities that are internationally-leading, contribute economic and social benefits, and support our ambitions in teaching and learning.

Primary strategic aims

The University’s research strategy aims to achieve the following:

  • Provide excellent infrastructure and support to attract and retain world-class academic staff
  • Provide an environment that attracts and supports high-quality postgraduate researchers, with first-class training, supervision and facilities
  • Support nationally and internationally important research themes
  • Work closely with other UK and international universities and businesses, forming collaborations to achieve greater momentum, higher profile and impact.