From investigating people’s attitudes to the environment to understanding how nanotechnology can enhance future solar power solutions, environment and sustainability researchers take a truly collaborative approach to tackling some of the biggest issues facing our world today.
The variety of teaching methods, guest lecturers from a range of sectors and the opportunity to undertake an industry-based placement make this course stand out from the rest.
Nicki Ledger, MSc Corporate Environmental Management
Over the past five years, more than 2,300 partner organisations have worked with us to give students valuable experience in the professional environment.
Research by Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) has found that Western European garment industry workers in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries earn only half of the living wage.
To mark International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2017, we talk to doctoral student Paschalia Mavrou to get the inside track on what attracted her to engineering and the exciting discoveries she’s making every day.
The University of Surrey is launching a new multi-disciplinary research centre next week to tackle air pollution. The Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) will see the University leading on collaborative, cutting-edge research to identify an action plan to ensure ‘clean air for all’.
The University of Surrey is proud to announce that Professor Roland Clift has been awarded the highest honour of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the George E Davis Medal.
Read on to discover over half a century of one individual’s outstanding contributions to chemical engineering and his tireless efforts in securing a sustainable future for our planet.
A University of Surrey academic is leading research that has found an effective way to monitor and remove pharmaceuticals from water.
The average person in the UK has a new mobile phone every two years, leading to vast amounts of electronic waste going into landfill. An outreach project by environmental researchers at Surrey has targeted teenagers to find ways of tackling this global challenge.
Delaying school start times in the UK is unlikely to reduce sleep deprivation in teenagers, research from the University of Surrey and Harvard Medical School has found. The research, conducted in collaboration between mathematicians and sleep scientists, predicts that turning down the lights in the evening would be much more effective at tackling sleep deprivation.
The University’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability has collaborated with a major UK company to identify how global organisations can work within ‘Planetary Boundaries’ rather than focusing on improvements relative to their previous performance.
A new study in Security Journal, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. This is because they are not only more effective at preventing crime, but also more environmentally friendly, having a much lower carbon footprint than other measures, such as burglar alarms or CCTV.
Dr Jacquetta Lee has been appointed as Executive Secretary of ISIE (the International Society for Industrial Ecology).
Julie Hill, Chair of WRAP, will lead a seminar focused on the current state of knowledge underpinning the realisation of the Circular Economy.
"Sustainable Development is a wonderful programme; the module sections are so diverse, there is definitely something to suit everyone."
Research by a Surrey EngD student on ethical sourcing and sustainable procurement has been used by global facilities management and construction company Carillion to support its response to modern day slavery.
Take a look inside and learn more about how the innovative home is built…
A two-day event held by the University’s Centre for Environmental Strategy highlighted its recent ground-breaking research in the field of sustainability.
Showcasing the University’s research success – from foundational work to practical applications – FEPS held its first Festival of Research on 28th June.
Crimes committed in England and Wales contributed over 4 million metric tons CO2e, equivalent to the carbon emissions of around 900,000 UK homes
Burglary is the worst offender, contributing 30% of the total crime carbon footprint, followed by criminal justice system services (21%)
However, reducing crime does not necessarily reduce carbon footprint, according to University of Surrey study
The University of Surrey's Professor Tim Jackson has been awarded 2016 Hillary Laureate for his widely respected leadership skills as an ecological economist.
“The MSc course has given me the theoretical tools and practical approach I need to help promote a sustainable development structure in Nigeria.”
“It’s exciting to evaluate real world-based information and to be able to contribute to making a change.”
“Ultimately, sustainable development is the study of how past decisions affect the future, and I want to be part of shaping that future.”
A new review of the Limits to Growth debate has been published today to coincide with the Launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth.
If you are passionate about the environment and sustainability Surrey is leading research in this field.
Palm oil has long been the enemy of environmentalists, but new research at Surrey suggests that biofuel from palm oil production could help to wean Malaysia off fossil fuels, reducing the country’s high greenhouse gas emissions.
Discover which books our academics recommend and take the quiz to find out which one you should try first.
The Centre for Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) launched its multidisciplinary programme at the start of 2016 to explore the complex relationship between the prosperity of human beings and the ecological resource constraints of a finite planet.
Surrey’s Student Learning Advisors offer tips and advice on the things you can do throughout the year to help you make the most of your study time.
Find out what our students like about studying here and why they think Surrey was named 'University of the Year' and 'University of the Year for Student Experience' by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
Centre for Environmental Strategy Professor Tim Jackson has appeared on BBC Radio 4 to discuss our aspirations for "stuff".
A new report looking at energy and materials use in cities and the implications for environmental sustainability is published today on the gov.uk website.
Surrey has climbed two places in the Times Higher Education Table of Tables 2016, achieving seventh position.
The University of Surrey has increased its position the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The University of Surrey has been ranked within the top one per cent of universities in the world - and one of the top 20 institutions under 50 years old - by the QS World University Rankings.
If the rich world aimed for minimal growth, would it be a disaster or a blessing?
The 8th biennial conference of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE) was held at the University of Surrey on 7th to 10th July.
The Mexico-UK Biorefinery Workshop identified key research and development areas for a sustainable bioeconomy, over a week-long workshop in May 2015.
96.9 per cent of graduates in work or further study, according to official figures.
The University of Surrey has been awarded £450,000 for a European project that aims to reduce the detrimental effects of plastic waste.
James Suckling, Research Fellow in the Centre for Environmental Strategy, discusses the environmental impact of mobile phones.
CES received an Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award for their efforts in recognising and advancing the careers of women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) in higher education and research. This comes in addition to the Institutional Bronze Award which was awarded to the University in April 2012.
The University of Surrey has been awarded a £6m research grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to establish an international Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).
Surrey researchers have used medical imaging techniques to explore why making willow trees grow at an angle can vastly improve their biofuel yields.
The sun may be setting on the time when you could flick a switch, confident that the energy system could always deliver power on demand.
Sustainability professionals need to be able to effectively share sensitive and sometimes controversial information with the media.
How can we improve the quality and availability of drinking water in developing countries?
Surrey’s Professor Tim Jackson has been appointed to a new Foundation, chaired by former EU-commissioner for climate action, Connie Hedegaard.
University of Surrey and Surrey County Council provide a platform for knowledge-sharing between the automotive sector, government and academic research community.
“The lecturers were very knowledgeable on the subjects they covered"
“I got exposure to experienced and international postgraduates at CES, and learnt a lot of new things”
"The Corporate Environmental Management MSc was engaging and insightful and filled with professionals from a wide range of sectors"
“At CES, my supervisors were always very supportive and made themselves available to provide guidance, feedback and encouragement"
“I would recommend this course to others, and reiterate that the placement opportunities you get are invaluable to developing essential work skills and contacts"
"The variety of teaching methods, guest lecturers from a range of sectors and the opportunity to undertake an industry-based placement made this course stand out from the rest"
Surrey research, on the true impact of criminality, is discussed within Parliament.
Professor Tim Jackson explores the impact of capitalism and sustainable living on a global economy.
Focusing on how we spend our time, rather than how we spend our money, could be the key to reducing environmental impact according to Dr Angela Druckman, speaking at the Gordon Research Conference.
The University has appointed Professor Richard Murphy – an expert in Lifecycle Assessment and bio-based materials – as the new Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES).
A major project spearheaded by Surrey’s Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) aims to investigate how agro-industries can help reduce energy poverty in Africa.
Professor Tim Jackson joins leading politicians, scientists and economists as a member of the influential global thinktank, the Club of Rome.
Professor Stephen Morse’s research into the reasons for low adoption of Integrated Pest Management in developing countries points the way to a ‘ground up’ approach.
Surrey’s Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences brings his considerable experience to lead the University of Chichester’s Board of Governors.
A proactive approach to learning is giving MSc students a headstart in the renewable energy jobs market.
Professor Gavin Hilson, Chair of Sustainability in Business at Surrey Business School, has been involved in a number of recent projects related to his expertise on the environmental and social impacts of small-scale mining in developing countries.
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) holds 8th biennial conference at the University of Surrey.
More than one billion people in the tropics depend on forests for their livelihood — yet current systems that monitor forest degradation are described as being ‘too sparse and too slow’ by leading environmental academics, in the latest edition of the Nature science journal.
Martial arts, Greek mythology, bacterial scroungers and industrial ecosystems... Welcome to a conversation with Dr Alex Penn.
Simple changes to the way you use household electricals, such as upgrading to a new A+ or A++ Grade fridge, could reduce your energy usage, save you money and reduce your household’s environmental impact...