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University of Surrey Campus

University of Surrey Campus

University of Surrey: University of Surrey Campus


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. More recently, the university launched 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).

The university has 10 Fellows of the Royal Society, 21 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, one Fellow of the British Academy and 6 Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Our vision:  University of Surrey Campus

The University of Surrey will be a leading global university. We will be renowned for the outstanding quality and impact of our graduates and research, as well as our collective contributions to society. We will build on our distinctive heritage of practice-based learning and excellent student experience, and embrace our future by focusing on digital transformation.

Our mission: University of Surrey Campus

The University of Surrey provides excellent education, and advances and disseminates knowledge.

The University transforms lives and shapes the world for a better future by partnering with students, governments, businesses, alumni and local communities.

The University makes social and economic impacts through research and innovation, and provides solutions to global challenges.

Our strategic goals: University of Surrey Campus

We will have achieved our ambitions when we have become:

  • A global leader in higher education and a destination of choice for higher learning in the UK and internationally
  • A leading research institution with talented staff and students committed to research excellence and to benefitting the economy, society and the environment
  • A preferred partner for government, business, industry and other universities in creating technological solutions, digital transformation and policy innovation
  • A financially astute and sustainable institution with diverse funding support, including philanthropy
  • An engaged and connected university which is the intellectual home for alumni, supporters and the local community.

History: University of Surrey Campus

Battersea Polytechnic Institute

The School of Management Building, with the statue of Alan Turing in the middle distance
Part of the new development of student accommodation at Manor Park

The University of Surrey was preceded by the Battersea Polytechnic Institute which was founded in 1891 and admitted its first students in 1894. Its aims were to provide greater access to further and higher education for some of the “poorer inhabitants” of London.

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.

Battersea College of Technology

In 1956, the Institute was among the first to receive the designation “College of Advanced Technology” and was renamed Battersea College of Technology. By the beginning of the sixties, the College had virtually outgrown its building in Battersea and had decided to move to Guildford. In addition to this, the Robbins Report of 1963 proposed that the Colleges of Advanced Technology, including Battersea, should expand and become degree-awarding universities.

In 1965, the university-designate acquired a greenfield site in Guildford from Guildford Cathedral, Guildford Borough Council and the Onslow Village Trust.

University:  University of Surrey Campus

The Surrey Scholar in Guildford

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

Early visitors to the new campus were Led Zeppelin, who performed their very first gig at the university on 25 October 1968.

Between 1982 and 2008, the university became the trustee of the building of the Guildford Institute, using parts of the building for its adult education programme ad providing a university presence in the heart of Guildford. The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (formerly Associated Examining Board) moved from Aldershot to its own headquarters building on the Stag Hill campus in 1985.

The university marked its Silver Jubilee in 1991, an event celebrated by the publishing of Surrey – The Rise of a Modern University by Roy Douglas and by a Service of Thanksgiving in Guildford Cathedral attended by HM The Queen in March 1992.

The university celebrated its 35th anniversary year in May 2002 with a major event in Guildford Cathedral. It was also marked by the unveiling of the Surrey Scholar sculpture (by Allan Sly FBS) to mark the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen and as a gift to the people of Guildford. The Surrey Scholar is located at the bottom of Guildford High Street. Understanding the Real World, a visual history of the university, by Christopher Pick, was published to coincide with this anniversary.

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.

From September 2009, the Guildford School of Acting became a subsidiary of the university and relocated from Guildford town centre to the university campus.

Organisation: University of Surrey Campus

The Duke of Kent Building houses much of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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

Contact:  University of Surrey Campus


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