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University of Surrey

2016 League Table Ranking 8
2016 Overall Score 885
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Entry Standards 424 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.98 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,664 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 4.24 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 641 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 81.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 92.2 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 78.9 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 53.4 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 14,065 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Surrey's unique new Major/Minor degrees let students choose from dozens of 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.
  • Final-year students at the University of Surrey are among the most satisfied in the UK.
  • The University was also ranked fifth out of 135 institutions in the latest National Student Survey, achieving an overall satisfaction rating of 92 per cent.

Research Standards

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework:

  • 98 per cent of research is considered to be of ‘world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.’
  • Surrey ranked in the top quartile of all universities in the UK for Biomedical Sciences, Electronic Engineering, and Hospitality and Tourism.
  • According to the Times Higher Education (THE), Surrey also ranked in the top 20 for Economics and Sociology.
  • The School of English and Languages performed extremely well in research impact, for which it has been ranked in joint 23th place out of 89 institutions entered.
  • The results also saw an increase in the number of outputs from Surrey – ranking 25th in the THE analysis – and almost all areas of research saw improved results in terms of GPA since 2008.

Academic Strengths

  • The University of Surrey is number one for graduate employability when compared with chartered universities in England.
  • According to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), 97 per cent of our 2013 graduates were in work (or further education) six months after graduation.
  • All students can take free language lessons as part of the Global Graduate Award programme.

Student Facilities

  • The Library & Learning Centre provides the University with a centre for study that befits a leading university. Over the past five years, over £16 million has been invested in the Library & Learning Centre, including a new extension.
  • The University has 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 group study rooms.
  • The library offers 1,240 study spaces, over 400 computers, hundreds of thousands of books and journals (both physical and electronic), sound and image collections, foreign language self-study, self-service issues and returns, printing, scanning and photocopying.
  • The library is open daily, 24 hours a day during semester time and for long opening hours during vacations.
  • 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; and Information Skills Librarians will provide subject specific support on finding and making effective use of the range of information resources provided by the Library.

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, our estate has been transformed through a £400 million building development and improvement programme – including £130 million on student accommodation, £36 million on Surrey Sports Park, £16 million on the Library and Learning Centre and £4.5 million on the Ivy Arts Centre.
  • Located on our Stag Hill campus, the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) – one of the world’s first research centres dedicated to mobile communications and future internet technologies – is home to 150 researchers and 100 PhD students.
  • A consortium of key global players – consisting of some of the world’s leading mobile network operators, infrastructure and tools providers, as well as media and communication organisations and regional partner the Enterprise M3 LEP – has pledged £58 million support for the 5GIC. The development was awarded £11.6 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.
    The establishment of a new £45 million School of Veterinary medicine – one of only eight in the UK – has put Surrey on the map as a pioneering centre for interdisciplinary research to improve animal and human health. The School's new buildings open in late summer 2015 and include teaching spaces, a veterinary Pathology facility and a Clinical Skills Centre.
  • Our new five-year BVMSci Veterinary medicine and Science programme is delivered in partnership with veterinary practices and world-leading veterinary research institutes. This unique approach gives students the opportunity for real-world, hands-on practical, clinical and research training from the start of their degree, as well as an awareness of the wide range of career opportunities available to veterinary scientists.

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.

Careers Guidance

  • From the latest job vacancy information to inspiring talks and employability workshops, the University Careers Service helps students to transform their knowledge and skills into tools they need for a successful career or to continue their education with further study.
  • The Careers team offers a wide range of support, including one-to-one advice on career options and guidance on all stages of the recruitment processes – online applications, CVs, aptitude tests, interviews and assessment centres.
  • There are also two large Careers Fairs and daily opportunities to meet with employers to understand the requirements of jobs and gain an insight into how to impress. The Careers Service run innovative events to bring career planning to life, to help students explore the exciting opportunities available after university and beyond.

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

  • + 44 (0)1483 300800
  • The University of Surrey
    GU2 7XH
UCAS Code S85

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