About the University of Surrey

Who are we?

We are a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward-thinking, our heritage shows a recurring theme of going our own way, doing things differently – and achieving notable results.

We provide a distinctive blend of academic knowledge, professional insight, and can-do confidence to those studying and working with us. Staff/student exchanges and research collaboration are developed through our landmark partnerships with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Los Angeles and North Carolina State University. In only the second collaboration of its kind to be approved by the Chinese government, the Surrey International Institute offers joint undergraduate degrees with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China, giving UK students the opportunity to study at the Dongbei campus and vice-versa.

Holding an unrivalled graduate employability record for a decade, our distinctive position has been consolidated through an overhaul of the Professional Training Programme, resulting in a further increase in graduate employment for 2007/08.

Ground-breaking research at Surrey is bringing direct benefits to many spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy.

Our striking, modern campus has seen significant development in recent years and by 2010 our Manor Park site will be home to the multi-million pound Surrey Sports Park providing a world-class sporting facility for our staff, students, and the local community.

Surrey’s outlook is bright; the recent sale (subject to regulatory approval) of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, is believed to be the largest ever cash realisation of any UK university spin-out and is the latest of our many commercial successes.

We have embarked on an ambitious agenda that is environmentally sustainable, financially robust and advances our international impact within higher education. If you are considering Surrey as prospective staff or student, we warmly invite you to join us.


Surrey Facts

  • The University of Surrey was awarded its Charter in 1966
  • We offer over 50 subjects at undergraduate level
  • We currently have 14,441 students
  • We have over 2,300 members of staff
  • Led Zeppelin played their first ever gig here in 1968
  • Applications increased by 55% between 2006 and 2008

Surrey in the League Tables

  • 8th overall - The Guardian University Guide 2014

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