University of Surrey

Guildford, United Kingdom

No. Students: 15,755 (4,000 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 2,500
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to University of Surrey

  • A campus to be proud of

The beautiful, landscaped grounds of the University campus are an ideal place to study, relax and socialise in. Safe and secure, the campus is home to 12,000 students and around 3000 staff, who all play a role in creating a friendly, close-knit and cosmopolitan community.

Surrounded by carefully designed gardens, vibrant green playing fields and a picturesque lake, the campus grounds provide a truly dynamic and enriched experience for all our students, staff and visitors. It really is an ideal space to work, live and play.

  • A top ranked university

Surrey has achieved 39th position in the prestigious Top 100 List, based on the International Outlook indicator from the Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2013-14.

A total score of 83.5 was awarded for Surreys International Outlook - this is assessed on a universitys international student numbers, its percentage of international staff and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one other country.

About

We are a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward-thinking, our heritage shows a recurring theme of going our own way, doing things differently and achieving notable results.

The University of Surrey is one of the region’s largest employers with nearly 2,500 staff and 15,755 students living and working on and around campus. We run multiple volunteering schemes plus a variety of events in which you can get involved.

We have some of the best new academic, library, sports, arts and accommodation facilities of any university in the UK, as well as one of the most envied Professional Training placement programmes in the world. This combination of prestige, expertise, resources and lifestyle is unique, and it’s all to be found here in the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills just half an hour from central London.

Services

The beautiful, landscaped grounds of the University campus are an ideal place to study, relax and socialise in. Safe and secure, the campus is home to 12,000 students and around 3000 staff, who all play a role in creating a friendly, close-knit and cosmopolitan community.

Surrounded by carefully designed gardens, vibrant green playing fields and a picturesque lake, the campus grounds provide a truly dynamic and enriched experience for all our students, staff and visitors. It really is an ideal space to work, live and play.

The University of Surrey is one of the regions largest employers with nearly 2,500 staff and 15,755 students living and working on and around campus. We run multiple volunteering schemes plus a variety of events in which you can get involved.

Lectures

Throughout the year we organise a number of public interest lectures on a variety of topics covering the arts, sciences and engineering as well as debating hot topics in public consciousness. Over the years weve welcomed speakers such as Clarissa Dickson-Wright, Rocco Forte and Aggie MacKenzie as well as eminent scientists and academics such as Lord Robert Winston. Previous Alan Wells Sports Lectures have been presented by Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Trevor Brooking.

Another annual event bringing the public closer to authors and experts is the Morag Morris Poetry Lecture. This popular event gives poetry enthusiasts the chance to hear views and examples from distinguished poets.

Arts exhibitions, performances and festivals

End of degree shows are often publicly performed by our students. Musicals, plays and dance performances are also regularly staged by students at various venues on campus and across Guildford.

We run a wide variety of visual arts exhibitions on a rolling basis at our on-campus Lewis Elton Gallery. These exhibitions are open to everyone, whether at public or privately booked viewings.

We also collaborate with partner organisations on both the annual Guildford Book Festival and biennial Guildford International Music Festival. Both of these popular festivals include a number of events, from lectures to readings and live performances, featuring high profile and local talent.

Working with local schools

We also run comprehensive widening participation and schools liaison programmes which aim to give students, from many different backgrounds, access to higher education and facilities. Additionally the Technology Bus makes frequent visits to local schools and a range of revision conferences and sixth form lectures are on offer throughout the year.

Sports activities

To provide further opportunities for engagement with sports our new Surrey Sports Park opened in April 2010 on the Manor Park campus. If you want to get fit and have fun with like minded people, Surrey Sports Park allows you to choose from one of the widest variety of classes and courses in the country. Activities include; high energy group fitness classes, gentle holistic health and well-being classes, fun and friendly dance courses and a state-of-the-art fitness suite, swimming pool, climbing wall and racquet sports facilities. Other community-based activities include football and racquets leagues, junior vacation sports camps and team-building climbing events.

Sustainability

Maximising sustainability, recycling waste and minimising our impact on the environment is of great concern to us. We are committed to a wide-ranging policy of carbon-reduction. For example, our new Surrey Sports Parks, energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures include efficient gas fired condensing boilers, combined with a Biomass boiler for baseload heating which is carbon neutral. Other measures across campus have reduced our total CO2 emissions by an average of 1,450 tonnes per year.

Surrey Careers Service

As a Surrey graduate you will be very employable. Our Careers Service offers a wide range of support and resources to help you with career decisions.

Conveniently situated on campus, the Careers Service is staffed by professional careers advisers who will help you to identify your skills and strengths and find the right opportunities.

We offer a variety of services to help you become the ideal job candidate, including:

  • A one-to-one careers guidance service
  • Employer presentations on campus
  • Two annual careers fairs
  • Skills workshops
  • Online vacancy bulletins
  • A programme of careers talks
  • Help in putting together your CV
  • Advice on application-form completion
  • Practice interviews

Help doesnt stop once your course ends. Careers advice and support is available to University of Surrey graduates too.

Student life

You want to feel that your university is setting you up for success, providing you with the right kind of resources to make the most of your potential. Throughout your time at Surrey you will have access to a range of services and support. Were committed to helping you get the most out of your degree studies and perform beyond your expectations.

Your Learning

We take great pride in the excellent teaching and learning environment that we provide. Our programmes are designed to offer a depth of learning that fully prepares you for the world of work or further study. We ensure that, where relevant, they meet the standards required by professional bodies and learned societies.

We take an integrated approach to the development of your learning. We connect the subject as a whole to wider issues and highlight links across different topics and fields.
You are also encouraged to help contribute to the development of your degree programme. As a Surrey student your feedback is valued, and our lecturers listen to you and adapt, helping you to get the most from your degree.

We will provide you with opportunities to explore new ideas as part of your learning experience. This ethos of inspiring independent thinking encourages many of our students to undertake postgraduate study either to further enhance their knowledge or further hone their professional understanding and competence.

Our Teaching

We have a rich multicultural community, and this is reflected in our teaching. We encourage intercultural awareness and have an evolving curriculum that is responsive to the needs of a global society, culture and economy. We believe that having an international understanding will be an important part of the future work environment.

We make our teaching relevant to you. We connect what you will learn to your prior knowledge and your interests. You will be encouraged to combine the learning you gain in lectures and other taught classes with your own personal study. This will enable you to better develop a real understanding and appreciation of your subject.

Study Support

Whether you are working on an individual project or as part of a group, you will have an assigned tutor who can offer you advice and assistance. Our enthusiastic teaching staff work hard to make the subject interesting and accessible, providing clear explanations and using a range of learning approaches to keep you engaged.

The University Library

The Library is a six-storey building which is wireless enabled throughout. Whatever your style of work we have a space for you. We have group areas for project and presentation work and lively discussion. We also have solo work areas for quiet concentrated study. We have printing and photocopying facilities, as well as access to PCs, a café area, bookable rooms for small groups and other specialist facilities.

Extended opening hours mean that you can choose when you prefer to work. We are open until 1.30am during semester and for 24 hours a day during the run up to examinations. Self-issue and return equipment can be used to borrow and return books at any time.

In addition, many services and resources are available online wherever and whenever you choose to work, with online books and journals available 24 hours a day through the Library webpages. You can renew and reserve books online or via an automated phone service.

In addition to this, the University Library provides:

  • Seating for over 900 users
  • A stock of over 600,000 books; 72,000 e-books with full text available online
  • 1,400 current print journal titles; 13,700 e-journal titles with full text available online
  • Moving image and sound collections, and playback facilities, with many resources delivered online
  • Additional learning support facilities and resources for students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties
  • An academic librarian for your subject area is available to introduce you to the Library and to help you to find and use the information resources for your academic study

SPLASH

Located within the Library, SPLASH (Student Personal Learning and Study Hub) is a flexible, student-centred learning space which you are encouraged to use to enhance your study. Staff in SPLASH will help you to develop your study strategies and your transferable skills, as well as plan your personal and academic development.

Through SPLASH you will have access to a wide variety of online and paper resources. You may benefit from one-to-one guidance with student learning advisers. Workshops and drop-in sessions are offered to sharpen your skills in all-important areas including academic writing, managing time, presentation skills and revision strategies. Your academic librarian also works from SPLASH, providing face-to-face help and information skills workshops.

Accommodation

When you come to Surrey you will become part of a community thats as vibrant in life and as rich in knowledge as you are. You will belong to a place where you will make great friends and lifelong memories. A place you can make your own. Come to Surrey and feel right at home. Accomodation options include:

Budget Bedrooms
Basic Single Bedrooms
Standard Single Bedrooms
Ensuite Single Bedrooms
Enhansed Ensuite Single Bedrooms
Self Contained Studio Flat
Couple and Family Flats
Guest Bedrooms

Your accomodation fees cover:

Belongings insurance premium
Your gas, electricity and water bills
A broadband connection service to the University ResNet network
A telephone point with your own direct dial number

Please note that the prices given may be subject to amendment and should be used for guidance purposes only.
For more information on the prices please follow the link under ''Relevant links'' tab below

Facilities

To help with day-to-day living, there is a laundrette, post office, bank, bookshop, grocery store and health centre on the Stag Hill campus. There is a large supermarket nearby and a halal grocery store and a Chinese and Polish store in the town centre. On campus there is an international food shop run by the Students Union. A very popular fruit and vegetable market is held weekly.

All Courts of Residence have a warden service, making you feel safe and secure. Student mentors or senior residents are also on hand to assist you. Living in accommodation, they organise social activities and help you to settle in.

All student rooms have a free, unlimited broadband service.

Stag Hill

About two thirds of our accommodation is on the main campus in eight Courts of Residence.

Manor Park

Manor Park is about one mile away, 20 minutes walk or a short cycle ride, and has over 1500 high-specification en suite rooms. Students living at Manor Park will have easy access to the new Surrey Sports Park featuring a 50m swimming pool and indoor climbing centre.

Hazel Farm

Hazel Farm comprises purpose-built student housing on the outskirts of Guildford, three miles from campus, and features budget accommodation with resident parking.

Living in Guildford

Guildford provides a fantastic environment to live and study. Set in the heart of Surreys beautiful countryside, the centre of this bustling historic town is just ten minutes walk from the University.

Guildford

The University campus, Guildford and the surrounding area provide a safe and secure place to live. There is a frequent bus service which runs late into the night, and the local area is cycle-friendly too. There is a regular bus to Tesco, the nearest supermarket, which is also within walking distance.

Guildford is an exciting mixture of historical, cultural and modern delights. Whilst it offers all the convenience of a modern city, you can also feel as safe and included as in any village. If you do crave the bright lights, London is only 40 minutes away, and many students regularly attend club nights, gigs and shows in the city.

You can also explore the rolling countryside and traditional pubs that are close to this area of Surrey. This location also offers fantastic transport links, with several airports in easy reach.

The cobbled high street, criss-crossed by lanes and alleyways, provides the perfect setting for a days shopping. The high street boasts a great selection of well-known names where you will find a variety of clothing, beauty and furnishing shops.

Venture away down one of the many side streets and you will discover exclusive boutiques, independent shops and cosy cafés. There are also two shopping centres, the Friary Centre and Tunsgate Square, both of which are situated off the main high street.

If its food youre looking for, we have all the benefits of living in a city, including a range of international restaurants, Nandos and Wagamama, as well as traditional English pubs

Guildford also has an exciting nightlife with bars, nightclubs, cinemas and more to keep you entertained.

Sports

You want to be part of a university that encourages physical wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle. We want you to have the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of exercise, fitness, dance and sport whilst you study with us.

The University for Sport

Sport is a defining part of many students university experience, whether for fun, fitness or fierce competition.

We have invested heavily to provide you with the best possible sports facilities and we proudly opened the Surrey Sports Park, setting a new benchmark for the quality of university sports facilities.

We know that it takes more than superb facilities to make a great sporting university. It takes dedication and passion from both our staff and our students. We are fortunate to have enthusiastic sports staff with the expertise to support and enhance your sporting opportunities and abilities.

This combination of the Surrey Sports Parks first-rate facilities and the expertise and enthusiasm of our sports staff and students will transform Surrey into one of the premier universities for participative and representational sport.

Surrey Sports Park

The Surrey Sports Park is based on the Universitys Manor Park site. It is one of Europes premier sites for elite sport, physical activity, wellbeing and leisure.

The value of performance, participation and personal development underpins the very heart of the complex. Bringing together high-quality facilities and passionate people with a desire to achieve, the Surrey Sports Park provides a venue that supports the ambitions of all users, regardless of ability, from world-class athletes to grassroots beginners.

Our students and staff - in teams or as individuals, whether young or old - all have the opportunity to excel in a place that inspires active discovery and development of sporting and creative talent.

The Surrey Sports Park has been designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm FaulknerBrowns, whose reputation has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the Association of Sports and Leisure Facilities.

Facilities

Our state-of-the-art sporting facility is one of the very best in the UK. Its main features include:

  • 50m, eight-lane swimming pool
  • 120-station health and fitness centre
  • Indoor climbing centre, including 12m walls, bouldering and cave
  • 3 multi-purpose halls for badminton, basketball, volleyball, netball and more
  • 6 glass-backed squash courts with 2 show courts for over 160 spectators
  • 8 floodlit outdoor tennis courts
  • 3 floodlit artificial grass pitches for football and hockey
  • 10 football/rugby pitches
  • 2 cricket squares
  • 2 small-sided grass pitches
  • 2-lane 60m sprint track
  • Trim trail
  • 3 multi-purpose exercise studios
  • Spinning studio
  • Wet and dry changing areas
  • Consultation and treatment rooms
  • 350-seat Starbucks and bar social area

50m Swimming Pool

The Surrey Sports Park boasts the first and only 50m pool in the county and is one of only a few available in universities across the country. Providing international-standard swimming facilities, the pools traversable boom and moveable floor can divide the pool into two 25m sections or a 30m water polo section.

120-Station Health and Fitness Centre

The 700m² fitness centre features zoned areas tailored to members with different requirements, combining state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment with integrated TV and entertainment systems, international-standard fixed-resistance machines and advanced free weight areas.

Climbing Centre

The climbing centre offers some of the finest and most challenging indoor climbing in the UK. The centre houses a testing variety of overhanging competition walls and an exciting resin-featured lead wall that provides climbers with the opportunity to place in situ protection. To complement the numerous climbing routes, there is also a novice training area and an extensive bouldering wall suitable for climbers of all levels to develop their skills.

Sport, Dance and Group Fitness Programme

We offer one of the largest and most diverse sports, dance and group fitness programmes of any UK university.

The Surrey Sports Park is the perfect place to enjoy the benefits of exercise for health, wellbeing and personal development. Whether you choose rugby or rambling, jazz dance or jujitsu, our sports activities can help you to feel good, meet new people and have fun.

Our activities are designed to cater for all abilities, giving you the chance to try something new. Our team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors can help design individual programmes and advise on the opportunities offered.

Our extensive list of activities includes:

  • Over 25 aerobic, body conditioning, circuit training and spinning classes
  • Sports courses and workshops
  • A large, varied range of dance courses for beginners through to experts
  • Wellbeing courses in yoga, tai chi and pilates

Recreational Sports Events

There is also a strong social side to sporting activity at Surrey, with Departments and Courts of Residence encouraged to submit mixed teams for our Social Sports Programme. These events are a more casual, fun way to participate in sport, with a huge variety of lunchtime, evening and weekend leagues on offer. Events include 3 v 3 basketball, five-a-side football, touch rugby, indoor cricket, ultimate frisbee, mixed soccer, netball, volleyball, dodgeball, River Sports Day and the main University Sports Day.

Dance Activities

We have the most comprehensive and fun programme of participation dance youll find anywhere in the country. Each week almost 500 people take part in over 20 different evening classes and weekend courses. The programme is offered at different ability levels, ranging from the experienced dancer to the complete novice. Our broad range of dance styles on offer includes:

Argentine tango
Ballet
Ballroom and Latin
Belly dancing
Bollywood
Breakdance
Capoeira
Commercial Street
Contemporary
Hip hop
Jazz
Salsa
Tap

Competitive University sports clubs

Sport is one of the most powerful ways of bringing people together and helping them achieve their potential. With 36 sports clubs, the University of Surrey has a strong presence in competitive sport against other universities within British University and College Sport (BUCS).

Whether you are an established sports person or a complete beginner, youll be welcomed into our sports community. From archery to ultimate frisbee, the opportunity is here for you to find your sport and play for your University.

Performance Sport

The Surrey Sports Park offers world-class training and support facilities for elite athletes looking to continue their training whilst studying at the University.

We recognise the importance of supporting excellence in sport amongst our students and currently support athletes through our High Performance Athlete Support Scheme (HPASS) and the government-funded Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

The HPASS offers a wide range of support services for any current University of Surrey student who competes at a high level in their chosen sport. Applications are particularly encouraged from athletes who have competed at National and International level, but we also welcome applications from individuals who have played high
level sport and who have excellent potential.

The University is also proud to be part of the government-funded Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), which supports over 20 athletes in the local area.

Elite Sports Teams

The Surrey Sports Park is home to a number of world-class professional sports teams. Guildford City Swimming Club and a BBL National League basketball team are based out of the Surrey Sports Park. We also currently have two professional sports teams as part of our own Surrey Storm franchise Surrey Storm Netball and Surrey Storm Squash.

Sport in Guildford

In addition to the University programmes, clubs and facilities, Guildford is also home to a number of other sports facilities. The Spectrum is a large leisure centre with many sports activities, including a leisure pool, ice skating and ice hockey rink, and bowling alley. The Guildford Lido offers an outdoor pool area to relax during the sunny months, and the River Wey hosts a number of water-based events including the Universitys own annual River Sports Day.

Social

When you come to study at Surrey you will be part of a vibrant campus lifestyle with a variety of venues at your disposal for meeting with friends, eating out and having fun.

The Time of Your Life

Studying at Surrey puts you in an ideal situation to have a fantastic time whilst getting the education to prepare you for a successful life after university. With social and leisure facilities, cafes and restaurants, coffee bars and common rooms, our campus provides everything to make the most of your time at university.

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