The University of Surrey is an esteemed university located in the Guildford area of England. This public research university was founded in 1966 after receiving the royal charter, while its roots can be traced to the year 1891 when the Battersea Polytechnic Institute was established. From 1920, this institute started focussing on science and technology, and in 1956, it received the designation of ‘College of Advanced Technology.’ In the subsequent year, it was renamed Battersea College of Technology. In 1962, a decision was taken to move the college to Guildford. In 1963, it was proposed by the Robbins Report that Battersea College should spread its wings and develop into a full-fledged university.
The university celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016 and in the same year, it was named the University of the Year in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. The university has two campuses, one in Stag Hill and the other in Manor Park. Keeping in mind the space constraints at their flagship Stag Hill campus, the Manor Park campus was established. The Manor Park campus is also home to student accommodation, Surrey Sports Park as well as the School of Veterinary Medicine. Moreover, the university’s Surrey Research Park, which was established in the year 1985, accommodates over 100 firms wherein nearly 2500 people are employed. The University of Surrey comprises three faculties, which are segregated into 22 schools and departments. The three faculties are faculty of arts and social sciences, faculty of engineering and physical sciences, and faculty of health and medical sciences. Further, the university has established two related departments (department of higher education and department of technology-enhanced learning) in order to lend support to the faculties. In 2006, the university collaborated with the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics to establish Surrey International Institute-DUFE (SII-DUFE) in China.
The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in diverse fields so as to cater to a larger segment of students. In addition, it also offers research courses as well in different areas including chemistry, creative writing, clinical psychology, computer science, economics, English literature, law, politics, and physics. The university takes special care of its international students by providing scholarships and bursaries. Students can also enroll themselves in continuing professional development/short courses at the university. The University of Surrey offers career opportunities in different areas including research, teaching, operational and professional services, and technical and experimental.
The university boasts of an extensive network of alumni in diverse spheres. Some of the distinguished names are Ann Keen (Labour Member of Parliament), Kay Swinburne (Conservative Member of the European Parliament), Hassan Diab (Lebanese Education Minister), Rilwan Lanre Babalola (Nigerian Cabinet Minister), Tony Attwood (psychologist), Susan Blackmore (parapsychologist), Nigel Williams (radio presenter), Sarah Tan (broadcaster) and Behrouz Afagh (BBC executive).
The University works with over 2,300 partner organizations across the globe to provide opportunities for students to put their skills into practice and to experience a real working environment between their second and final year of undergraduate study. This includes international companies such as Boeing, Morgan Stanley, IBM, and the Walt Disney Company. Students develop their personal, academic, and professional skills over the course of a one-year Professional Training placement.
Surrey works hard to help students meet their career goals. This is through employability, career management and entrepreneurship support, where students develop the qualities that employers look for in the global job market. An impressive 94% of University of Surrey graduates are in professional employment within six months of graduation (HESA 2018).
Students have the opportunity to take advantage of the Global Graduate Awards, which are a number of free extracurricular courses offered by the university. Along with the option of learning one of 11 different languages, the University also offers a Global Graduate Award in Sustainability.
University is the ideal opportunity to break out of your comfort zone and find a new hobby or pursue an existing passion with like-minded people. Societies are made up of groups of students interested in a common theme – maybe you all love baking, share a geographical location, or have similar political views. Joining one of Surrey’s 130+ societies (or starting your own) will help you make friends and memories for life. The University also has over 47 sports clubs to join, including lacrosse, volleyball, and football.
- 39th in the Times University Guide 2021
- 54th in the Guardian University Guide 2021
- 267th in the QS World University Rankings 2021
Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 78% of the University’s research outputs were ranked either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Surrey ranked in the top quartile of all UK universities for Biomedical Sciences, Electronic Engineering and Hospitality, and Tourism and in the top 20 for Economics and Sociology.