The University of Surrey has been named UK University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times, and has risen to eighth place in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. This is the first time that the University of Surrey has entered the top ten in this league table and it follows Surrey being ranked fourth in the Guardian University League Tables and eighth in the Complete University Guide earlier this year. This success is due to a range of factors, including very high levels of student satisfaction.
The University of Surrey's outstanding performance in this year's National Student Survey (NSS) combined with excellent graduate prospects, high entry standards and an increase in applications and enrolments have helped secure the prestigious accolade of University of the Year, both overall and for Student Experience
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 praised the University of Surrey for being one of "the most innovative universities in the UK: reducing its dependence on state funding, investing £400m to develop the campus in Guildford, and launching a joint venture in China", as well as "a new £45m veterinary school". It also commended its low dropout rate and commitment to undergraduates from poor socio-economic groups.
Top for Student Experience
The University of Surrey was one of just two universities in the UK to break the 90% mark for student experience in this year’s Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide analysis of the latest National Student Survey. This has underpinned Surrey"s second University of the Year accolade: University of the Year for Student Experience.