Monday 3 June 2013
Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the news that the University had been placed at 8th position and said it reflected Surrey’s strength and ambitions.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have reached eighth place and that all of the hard work our colleagues has been recognised in this prestigious league table.
“The University always seeks to maximize the quality of our teaching, learning and research, which together with our investment in resources has contributed to our success. Surrey’s high scores for student satisfaction and high entry qualifications have helped us become recognised as a leading university in the UK and internationally.”
Last year, the Guardian’s Guide placed Surrey at 12th, which was seventh place up on the 2011 position of 19th. This follows a recent ranking of 13th in the Complete University Guide.
The world renowned School of Hospitality and Tourism has been given top billing in the Guardian newspaper’s guide for the 5th time.
Professor Graham Miller, Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, said: “We are delighted to have retained our place at the top of the Guardian league table for another year. It is especially pleasing as The Guardian gives more emphasis to the student satisfaction survey results.”
Other departments that have achieved Top Ten status in the subject areas are: Chemistry at 9th, Electronic and Electrical Engineering at 2nd, Nursing at 7th, Politics at 7th place, Economics at 2nd, Sociology at 6th, Civil Engineering at 6th, Mechanical Engineering at 5th and Psychology at 8th.
The table is part of the Guardian Good University Guide, which is published annually as a guide to all UK universities ranked according to teaching excellence. The Guide is used by prospective undergraduate students and their parents to make informed decisions about which University to choose.
The Guardian’s guide also ranks university subjects using a formula composed of “surveys of current students on satisfaction and teaching quality, staff-student ratios, spending, careers, admissions data and a value-added score comparing degree result with entry qualifications”.
This year’s success reflects a broad improvement and success in a range of other guides.
Over the last few years the University has dramatically strengthened its league table position consistently across all the main university league tables, including the Guardian, The Times, and the Sunday Times.
One of the elements that have made Surrey ever more popular with prospective students are our Open Days where they get a feel for the environment and what it means to be a Surrey student as 92% of attendees indicate that they are more likely to apply to Surrey.