Staff profiles

We value our staff and their opinions. Check out our staff profiles below to get an insight into what it's like to work here.

Professor Ravi Silva

Head of the Advanced Technology Institute

"I arrived in 1995 and was immediately attracted by the fact that Surrey is an open university that allows you to reach your full potential, judging you only on what you do. If you work hard you are

"We are lucky to be the number one Electronic Engineering department in the country and our links with industry allow us to deliver work that is applicable and beneficial to humanity. I passionately believe in making a difference and at Surrey we do research to serve society, not just for the sake of it."

"We have an approachable and inspirational VC and the short channels we have from the bottom to the top really do shape people's lives and careers. That continues to encourage myself, my
colleagues and our students."

Professor Rachel Brooks

Professor of Sociology and Head of Department

"I took up my post as Head of the Department of Sociology in May 2012, and have very much enjoyed my time here since then. My colleagues are great – they're committed to high-quality teaching and research – and I’ve been very impressed with the students in the Department, too. The undergraduates are very keen and motivated, and I’ve been pleased to supervise postgraduates in my area of expertise – the sociology of education."

"For me, it’s been a return to the University of Surrey as I worked in the School of Politics here up until a few years ago. It’s been good to re-establish relationships with former colleagues, as well as forging new ones within Sociology. In general, I’ve found the University a very friendly and welcoming place to work, and a great base for developing my own research programme while developing collaborations with others."

Professor Graham Miller

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

"I've been at Surrey for a few years now and became Head of School back in the spring. Colleagues from elsewhere are amazed at the support we get, how quickly things happen. We're a lot more
entrepreneurial, more dynamic than other institutions."

"The quality of students here is high. They are interesting to work with and truly international. That brings a different perspective and opens doors for research. Even checking my email, there's always something new coming up, an invitation or an idea to pursue."

"I wasn't sure if I could achieve everything I wanted in the UK, I thought I was going to have to move to the USA but Surrey has always given me the resources and space to do things, such as
writing my book, time to think, research, developing MSc programmes and spending Fridays working from home! Surrey's given me opportunity after opportunity."