University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a public research university in Guildford, Surrey, England. The university received its royal charter in 1966, along with a number of other institutions following recommendations in the Robbins Report. The institution was previously known as Battersea College of Technology and was located in Battersea Park, London. Its roots however, go back to Battersea Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1891 to provide further and higher education in London, including its poorer inhabitants.[6] The university's research output and global partnerships have led to it being regarded as one of the UK's leading research universities.[7][8]

University of Surrey
Coat of arms of the University of Surrey
Former name
Battersea Polytechnic Institute (1891–1956)
Battersea College of Technology (1956–1966)
TypePublic research university
Established1966; 55 years ago (1966) (gained university status)
Endowment£4.3 million (2020)[1]
Budget£314.8 million (2019–20)[1]
ChancellorThe Duke of Kent[2]
Vice-ChancellorGaoqing Max Lu[3]
Administrative staff
Students16,990 (2019/20)[5]
Undergraduates13,485 (2019/20)[5]
Postgraduates3,505 (2019/20)[5]
CampusStag Hill, Manor Park
ColoursBlue and gold   
AthleticsTeam Surrey
AffiliationsAssociation of MBAs
Universities UK

The university is a member of the Association of MBAs and is one of four universities in the University Global Partnership Network. It is also part of the SETsquared partnership along with the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, the University of Southampton and the University of Exeter. The university's main campus is on Stag Hill, close to the centre of Guildford and adjacent to Guildford Cathedral. Surrey Sports Park is situated at the nearby Manor Park, the university's secondary campus. Among British universities, the University of Surrey had the 14th highest average UCAS Tariff for new entrants in 2015.

A major centre for satellite and mobile communications research, the university is in partnership with King's College London and the University of Dresden to develop 5G technology worldwide.[9] It also holds a number of formal links with institutions worldwide, including the Surrey International Institute, launched in partnership with the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics.[10] The university owns the Surrey Research Park, providing facilities for over 110 companies engaged in research. Surrey has been awarded three Queen's Anniversary Prizes for its research, with the 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranking 78% of the university's research outputs as "world leading" or "internationally excellent".[8] It was named as The Sunday Times University of the Year in 2016.

The chancellor of the university is Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. Current and emeritus academics at the university include ten Fellows of the Royal Society, twenty-one Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, one Fellow of the British Academy and six Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.[11] Surrey has educated many notable alumni, including Olympic gold medallists, several senior politicians, as well as a number of notable persons in various fields including the arts, sports and academia. Graduates typically abbreviate the University of Surrey to Sur when using post-nominal letters after their degree.[12]