University of Surrey


The University of Surrey is a public research university located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey, in the South East of England, United Kingdom. The university specialises in science, engineering, medicine and business. It received its charter on 9 September 1966, and was previously situated near Battersea Park in south-west London. The institution was known as Battersea College of Technology before gaining university status. Its roots, however, go back to the Battersea Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1891 to provide further and higher education for London’s poorer inhabitants.

The university conducts research on small satellites and has a high number of staff who are members of learned societies. The university has recently expanded into China by launching the Surrey International Institute with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics.

The university’s main campus is located on Stag Hill close to the centre of Guildford and adjacent to Guildford Cathedral. A second campus, at Manor Park, is located a short distance away and has been developed to expand upon existing accommodation, academic buildings and sporting facilities.

The university is a major centre for satellite and mobile communications research. In March 2014, the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a partnership between the University of Surrey, King’s College London and the University of Dresden for the development of 5G technology.The university is a member of the Association of MBAs, the European University Association and Association of Commonwealth Universities. According to the figures revealed by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2013/14, the University of Surrey has the fourth highest percentage of graduates entering employment and/or further study within six months of graduation at 96.9% (behind Lancaster University, Robert Gordon University and Arts University Bournemouth) — higher than the University of Oxford (92.6%) and the University of Cambridge (95.2%).

In 1901, Evening Classes consisted of some of the following; Mechanical Engineering and Building, Electrical Engineering, Chemical and other Trades, Physics and Natural Science, Maths, Languages, and Commercial subjects, Music. Special classes for Women in Domestic Economy subjects. Day Classes in Art, Science, Women’s subjects and Gymnastics. Classes in preparation for University and Professional Examinations. Also. Science day School for Boys and Girls, Commercial School for Girls, Training School for Domestic Economy and Training for Teachers.

The Institute focused on science and technology subjects, and from about 1920 taught some classes for University of London students. The Institute awarded University of London external degrees.

On 9 September 1966 the University of Surrey was established by Royal Charter and by 1970 the move from Battersea to Guildford was complete.

In 2007, the university saw a major increase in overall applications by 39% compared with the previous year. This was followed by a further increase in applications of 12% in 2008.

In October 2008, the university lost out to Royal Holloway in a bid to merge with London medical institute St George’s, University of London.


The academic activities of the university are divided into the following three faculties:

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences:

  • School of Arts
  • School of Economics
  • School of English and Languages
  • School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • School of Law
  • Department of Politics
  • Department of Sociology
  • Surrey Business School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences:

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences
  • Department of Physics
  • Centre for Environmental Strategy

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences:

  • School of Biosciences and Medicine
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Veterinary Medicine


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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 their 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.


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.


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.

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