University of Surrey

2015 League Table Ranking 12
2015 Overall Score 862
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Entry Standards 416 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.4 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 1,629 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 4.19 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 617 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 74.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 91.1 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 79.0 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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  • The origins of the University can be traced back over 120 years to Battersea Polytechnic Institute in London.
  • Surrey has risen up the rankings in the league tables in recent years.

Location and Transport

  • The campus is particularly well placed on the edge of Guildford's historic town centre, directly off the A3, 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

The 14065 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
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Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • Surrey’s unique new Major/Minor degrees let students choose from over 60 subject combinations to create the perfect balance of studies. What distinguishes the Major/Minor degrees from combined study programmes at other universities are the anchor modules that examine how the two subjects relate to each other, giving students a third area of intellectual understanding.
  • Many modular courses allow 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. Over 2,300 partner organisations work closely with the University of Surrey to give students valuable experience of the professional environment, helping them develop vital skills for the competitive graduate employment market.

Teaching Standards

  • The University was commended for its professional training year, support of postgraduate research students, management of library and student induction.
  • Highest-ever scores in the 2013 National Student Survey put the University of Surrey among the top 10 higher-education institutions for student satisfaction.
  • Surrey moved up to ninth place in the country for student satisfaction, with 92% of students who took the survey expressing satisfaction with the quality of their course. This was the third successive year in which the satisfaction level of Surrey students has increased.

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 forged an enviable track record in graduate employability, dating back over a decade, with 92.7% of first degree leavers in employment or further study.
  • The University of Surrey is a research active university, and its research activity 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

  • The Library & Learning Centre has provided the University with a centre for study that befits a leading university. Over the past five years, around £16 million has been invested in the Library & Learning Centre, including a new extension.
  • The University celebrated the successful launch of SurreyLearn, an online Virtual Learning Environment that is used in a variety of innovative ways to support and enhance learning and teaching resources and interact with staff and peers.
  • The Library & Learning Centre is the academic hub of the University, sitting at the heart of the campus and offering outstanding facilities including silent areas for individual study, communal learning zones for group work, and bookable rooms.
  • The library offers 1,240 study spaces, over 300 access computers, sound and image collections and resources, foreign language self-study, self-service issues and returns, printing, scanning, photocopying.
  • The library is open daily, 24 hours a day during semester time 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 study. Via appointments, workshops and drop-ins, Student Learning Advisors can help in academic and personal development improving writing, 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

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 £36 million Surrey Sports Park is one of Europe’s premier sites for elite sport, physical activity, well-being and leisure.
  • The 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.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to take part in recreational sports, dances and fitness classes. For further information, visit the Surrey Sports Park website

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Since 2000, the University estate has been transformed through a £400-million building development and improvement programme – including £80 million on student accommodation, £36 million on Surrey Sports Park, £12 million on the Ivy Arts Centre and the Guildford School of Acting, and £16 million on the Library and Learning Centre.
  • The 5G Innovation Centre – the world’s first research centre dedicated to mobile technology – is becoming a reality. With preparatory building work underway, the 5G Innovation Centre is on track for completion in January 2015, when it will become home to 150 researchers and 100 PhD students.
  • The University has appointed leading construction company BAM to build its new £45 million School of Veterinary Medicine. The contractor will develop three buildings on the University’s Guildford campus that will allow teaching of veterinary medicine as well as clinical research. The 7,150 sq m academic building will include offices and teaching spaces. It will have teaching and research labs built to high levels of biosecurity. It will also feature a central atrium hosting a café, restaurant and administrative facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Part-time work is readily available.
  • Unitemps is the University of Surrey’s award winning in-house recruitment agency. The service uses students, recent graduates and experienced candidates from the local Guildford community as the primary candidate database in providing staff to the commercial sector as well as being the sole supplier of temporary staff to all University departments.

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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UCAS Code S85

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