University of Surrey

2014 League Table Ranking 13
2014 Overall Score 824
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Entry Standards 409 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.58 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,445 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.15 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 586 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 71.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 92.7 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 74.7 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 43.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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Request -1History

  • The origins of the university can be traced back over 120 years to Battersea Polytechnic Institute in London.
  • In 1962 the decision was made to relocate to Guildford. It was declared that "the University would bring imaginative possibilities for the future of Guildford".
  • Faced with government funding cuts in the 1980s, Surrey showed a fighting spirit with ambitious plans for a research park. Spurred on by the success of the park, the university became recognised for delivering cutting-edge research that would make a real difference in the world.

Location and transport

  • The campus is particularly well placed on the edge of Guildford's historic town centre, directly off the A3 and only 9 miles from the M25.
  • The Stag Hill campus is set in landscaped grounds with a picturesque lake.
  • The Manor Park campus, a short distance away, includes a large area of student accommodation and the Surrey Sports Park.
  • The main line rail station is just ten minutes walk and there are frequent bus services between campus and the town centre and rail station. London is only 40 minutes away with frequent services and the University is easy to reach from Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Entry standards

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Student mix

  • All student population: 43% men, 57% women.
  • Overseas 23%.
  • Young full-time first degree from state schools 90.7%.
  • Applications to places ratio 7.74.

Course flexibility

  • Many modular courses allowing students to choose specific subject areas of particular interest.
  • The majority of students also undertake a Professional Training placement or study abroad as part of their degree.

Teaching standards

  • The university received a 'confidence' judgement in its 2009 Audit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Surrey was commended for its professional training year, support for postgraduate research students, management of its library and student induction.
  • Highest-ever scores in the 2013 National Student Survey put University of Surrey among the top 10 higher-education institutions for student satisfaction.

Research standards

In the 2008 RAE:

  • 88% of Surrey's research activity was rated either 'world class' or 'internationally recognised' with four areas of research activity in the top ten and nine areas ranked in the top 20.
  • The activities of 425 researchers from across all four faculties were submitted in 14 subject areas. Results show that almost half of Surrey's assessed research staff work in areas that have been ranked in the top ten.
  • 55% of Surrey's units of assessment were rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world class,' with a further 44% ranked as 'recognised either nationally or internationally'.

Academic strengths

  • Surrey has an unrivalled track record for graduate employability, dating back over a decade, with 94% of first degree leavers in employment or further study. This success story owes much to the effectiveness of Surrey's pioneering professional training scheme for undergraduates.
  • The University of Surrey is a research active university, and its research actively informs undergraduate students' learning, keeping the degrees up-to-date and relevant.
  • All students can take free language lessons as part of the Global Graduate Award programme.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • The University has recently successfully launched a new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called SurreyLearn, increasing the ways in which students can access learning and teaching resources and activities and interact with staff and peers.
  • The refurbished £13-m Library & Learning Centre lies at the heart of the campus and offers state-of-the art facilities, including silent areas for individual study, communal learning zones for group work, and bookable rooms.
  • The Library & Learning Centre contains a vast collection of books and journals plus you can access the electronic collection of books and journals on or off campus.
  • The Library offers 1,240 study spaces, over 300 open access computers, sound and image collections and resources for language self-study, self-service issues and returns, printing, scanning and photocopying, and an informal meeting space.
  • The Library is open daily, staying open 24 hours a day during semester and for long opening hours during vacations and outside semester weeks.
  • There is an academic librarian for each subject area who will introduce you to the Library and help you to find and use the information resources for your academic needs
  • The Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) is a student-centred area designed to enhance your study. Via appointments, drop-ins and workshops, Student Learning Advisors can help in your academic and personal development and improve your writing, presenting, revision, time management and any other academic skills. Academic Liaison Librarians also work from SPLASH, offering advice on finding resources, using databases and referencing.

Disability services

  • For information on disability services at the University of Surrey, please visit

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is the heart of all student life at Surrey, and is run by five full time Sabbatical Officers who are elected annually by the student body.
  • It voices students’ opinions, facilitates their clubs and societies, delivers entertainment, offers development opportunities and provides support if things get tough.


  • The Surrey Sports Park is one of Europe's premiere sites for elite sport, physical activity, well-being and leisure.
  • Its world-class, state-of-the-art facilities include a 50m, eight-lane swimming pool, 120-station health and fitness centre, an indoor climbing centre, 3 multi-purpose sports halls, squash courts, tennis courts and a range of outdoor sports pitches.
  • Over 36 sports clubs are part of the 'Team Surrey' initiative and sports scholarships are also available.
  • Opportunities to take part in recreational sports, dance and fitness classes.
  • For further information, visit the Surrey Sports Park website.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The Surrey Sports Park is a major new development at the University's Manor Park site, and opened in April 2010.
  • A major extension and refurbishment of the existing library provides a new Library and Learning Centre together with a new supermarket, chemist, post office, bookshop and eating space.
  • The first phase of student and staff residences at the new Manor Park campus consisting of 1,500 high quality bedrooms is now complete. This will eventually grow into an environmentally friendly, residential village of 2,200 bedrooms. 2012 will see the completion of work to build a new reception building with cafe, bar and lounge areas.
  • The upgrade of the University’s lecture theatre blocks and many of its academic buildings is now complete.
  • The new Ivy Arts Centre, containing a 200-seat theatre, three dance/drama studios and teaching space was opened in June 2011.
  • The relocation of the Guildford School of Acting to the University campus and the construction of a new 16 studio facility for dance and theatre studies was completed in December 2009.
  • Parts of the Students’ Union building have been refurbished and a new dining and social area opened.
  • A research and production facility for large satellites is currently being constructed on the University-owned Surrey Research Park.

Availability of part-time work

  • Part-time work is readily available. A temporary employment agency has premises on campus and can assist in placing students in appropriate positions.

Notable alumni

  • Sir Alec Issigonis – inventor of the Mini.
  • Sir David Varney (BSc Chemistry 1968) – first executive chairman of HM Revenue and Customs.
  • Alan Parker (BSc Hotel and Catering Management 1969) – Chairman of Mothercare and former CEO of Whitbread.
  • Robert Earl (BSc Hotel and Catering Management 1973) – founder of the Planet Hollywood chain.
  • Mrs Justice Dobbs DBE (BSc Russian and Law 1976) – the first non-white person to be appointed to the senior judiciary of England and Wales.
  • Paul Sheffield (BSc Civil Engineering 1983) – Chief executive of construction giants Kier Group.
  • Neil Chapman (BSc Chemical Engineering 1984) – Senior vice-president with Exxon Mobil.
  • Professor Tanya Byron (PsychD Clinical Psychology 1995) – broadcaster, clinician and Chancellor of Edge Hill University.
  • Samuel Okell (BMus Music and Sound Recording 2002) – grammy-winning music producer and graduate of Surrey’s Tonmeister course.



For further information

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  • The University of Surrey
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UCAS Code S85

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