University of Surrey Annual Review 2014

University of Surrey Annual Review 2014
Annual Review 2014
Surrey has risen in all three league tables for UK
universities, moving from eighth to sixth place in The
Guardian league table 2015, our highest ever ranking. We
climbed to eleventh position in The Times/Sunday Times
Good University Guide and achieved twelfth place in The
Complete University Guide 2015.
A consortium of key global players has pledged support
of £58 million for our 5G Innovation Centre programme
in addition to the £11.6 million awarded by the Higher
Education Funding Council for England from the UK
Research Partnership Investment Fund. The group
consists of some of the world’s leading mobile network
operators, infrastructure and tools providers, media and
communications organisations as well as our regional
partner, EM3 LEP.
Climbing up the league tables
No other university has achieved
such a dramatic transformation in fortunes
in the past five years.
The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
We jumped two places to ninth in The Times Higher Education
Table of Tables 2015. The prestigious league table is based on
the combined results of the UK’s three main university league
tables: The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide; The
Guardian and The Complete University Guide.
Due to open in spring 2015, the 5GIC is located on the
University’s Guildford campus and will be home to over
150 researchers and 100 PhD students.
New figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency
(HESA) reveal that the University of Surrey is ranked in
first place for graduate employability when compared
with chartered universities in England.
Surrey has been ranked fourth for Student Satisfaction in
The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.
Graduate employability
The figures reveal that 97 per cent of Surrey’s 2013
graduates were in work (or further education) six months
after they graduated – up 4.2 per cent from the previous
year. These figures demonstrate the University’s focus on
graduate employability and the success of Professional
Training placements.
Front cover: Dr Alexis Bailey and PhD student Aya Osman, currently researching the effect of milk casein on emotional behaviour.
Signed up for 5G
Student satisfaction
The fourth position is an average based on the University’s
performance in seven key areas of the National Student
Survey (NSS): Teaching; Assessment & Feedback; Academic
Support; Organisation & Management; Learning Resources;
Personal Development and Overall Satisfaction.
In the 2014 NSS, the University was ranked eighth out of
135 institutions achieving an overall satisfaction rating of
91 per cent.
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An overview of 2013/2014 from the Vice-Chancellor
An overview of 2014
from the Vice-Chancellor
The Annual Review is my
opportunity to say thank you
to all our staff, students and
partners in the UK and abroad
for a very successful year.
Without continual growth and progress,
such words as improvement, achievement,
and success have no meaning.
Professor Sir Christopher M. Snowden
President and Vice-Chancellor
Benjamin Franklin
Scientist, statesman, writer and diplomat
The University has made significant investments in its
growth and progress over recent years with a focus on
excellence. As a result, 2014 has seen one of our best
years academically here at Surrey.
We reached our highest rankings in the three main
national league tables and in the National Student
Survey, ranking sixth in The Guardian league table
and ninth in The Times Higher Education Table of
Tables 2015. We attracted a wealth of highly talented
applicants and achieved record growth in student
numbers, with October 2014 seeing the University’s
largest ever undergraduate intake whilst maintaining
our high entry standards.
This is testament to our efforts to create a learning
environment which focuses on the needs of our students.
Since the first students passed through our doors in 1891,
we have been giving them a competitive edge for the
future: enabling them to not only succeed academically
but to develop much valued skills and real experience.
Through our pioneering Professional Training
programme, our students undertake high quality
paid work experience placements enabling them
to demonstrate their talents to employers. This has
underpinned our continuing record as one of the leading
UK universities for graduate employment with 97 per
cent of our graduates in employment six months after
leaving us – the highest level in English universities.
Our students are being taught, supported and inspired
by some of the best minds from around the world.
This year, we have continued to make a considerable
investment in the quality and number of our academic
staff, helping to shape our status as a leading university.
We have world-leading academics who are forming
important partnerships and working closely with
international industry and commerce to create
new thinking and practical solutions to some of
the challenges we face in today’s society such as
communications, CO2 emissions, health and wellbeing,
energy supplies, cyber security and sustainable tourism.
Our new £45m School of Veterinary Medicine is
being built around the theme of One Health, One
Medicine. The new School will be delivered through
alliances with an extensive network of partners in
clinical practice, research and industry to provide an
outstanding training environment for our students, as
well as for practising veterinary surgeons, veterinary
nurses, para-professionals and clinical scientists.
Collaboration with key partners has been fundamental
in establishing Surrey’s £70 million 5G Innovation Centre
programme. Construction of the building is nearing
completion with thanks to the initial funding from the
Government. With support from a consortium of mobile
network operators and organisations, the first research
programme of its kind in the world will spearhead the
development of mobile communications networks,
address the concerns of rising levels of data traffic and
bring momentum to this vital area of economic growth.
Together with the University’s wholly-owned Research
Park and its tenants, Surrey already stimulates over a
billion pounds of economic activity annually in the
regional economy. We believe our future plans will
further strengthen the prosperity of the region.
The 2014 Annual Review showcases what has been a
year rich in improvement, achievement, and success
for Surrey, especially set against the highly competitive
environment and funding challenges facing
universities today.
Professor Sir Christopher M. Snowden FRS, FREng
President and Vice-Chancellor
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Global research impact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Discovering the secrets of sleep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Research and Enterprise Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
The student experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Surrey on the world stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Leading the fight against tuberculosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Surrey Research Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Inspiring academics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
The University Global Partnership Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Unravelling TB’s metabolic secrets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Surrey Incubation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Our alumni / Celebrating success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Mobile technology in medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Surrey Business School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Honorary graduates / Vice-Chancellor’s Award winners . . . . . . . . . 74
Contributing to better vaccine information across Europe . . . . . . . 22
Sports Review 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Conquering Chiari malformation in toy dog breeds . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Could elastic bands monitor patients’ breathing? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Surrey Centre for Cyber Security launched . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Servicing spacecraft and clearing space debris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Wearable EEG research: whole University becomes
a neuroscience laboratory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Can narcissists feel empathy? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
New sensor could light the way for low-cost imaging . . . . . . . . . . 34
Psychology research sheds light on reasons for
obesity-drug failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Investigating poor water quality in African slums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Lack of accessible tourism costing economy billions . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Research identifies amino acid’s power to fight
strokes and heart failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Politicians must be tougher to meet transport
emissions targets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
P A S T, P R E S E N T & F U T U R E
New School of Veterinary Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Continuing progress towards longer term goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Surrey partners with National Physical Laboratory . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Financial review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Sustainability on campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Independent auditor’s statement to the University of Surrey . . . . 88
A life remembered — Professor Anthony Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
University of Surrey
Internationalisation permeates all that we do at Surrey and
contributes significantly to realising the University’s mission to
solve global challenges, lead research and innovation, and fuel
generations of students with a spirit of curiosity and a desire
to improve the world we live in. Here we highlight our global
research impact and international partnerships.
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Global connections
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Staff in the School of
Psychology are working on
multiple research studies on
Cognition and Motivation with
the University of Melbourne.
Brazil, University of Sao Paulo
(USP) – UGPN Partner
Staff at the Surrey Veterinary
School are working with our
partners at North Carolina State
University and USP to develop
better ways to monitor and
control resistance to antibiotics
in food animal production.
Surrey researchers have been
investigating air pollution
and particle number size
distributions at thirteen
different sites in China.
Surrey staff have worked with
Peking University carrying out
water exchange experiments
using treated wastewater in an
artificial landscape.
France, Germany & Switzerland
Surrey’s strong participation
with leading European
radioactive-beam facilities is
leading to new understandings
of energy applications.
Our partnership with TU
Dresden and Kings College
London is shaping the future
of 5G technology.
A selection of our research projects worldwide
USA, California
USA, Tennessee
Nuclear physics
France, Germany
& Switzerland
Mobile technology
Small satellites
Nuclear & radiation physics
A research team consisting
of experts from Surrey and
institutions in India have been
awarded £981,717 for their
project working to develop
cheaper diagnostics tests for
bovine TB and a vaccine to be
used alongside it.
Nuclear physics
Staff at the University of Surrey
are working with various
partners in Japan investigating
developments in Neutron
spectroscopic factors.
The Republic of Kazakhstan is
working with Surrey Satellite
Technology to create a national
system which will support its
government with resource and
environmental monitoring for
policy and decision making.
Sub-Saharan Africa
The 3K-SAN project is
developing and evaluating
strategies for catalysing self-
Air pollution & water
USA, North Carolina
State University
USA, California
Surrey Professor Craig
Underwood is directing the
UK’s involvement within
the ‘AAReST’ (Autonomous
Assembly of a Reconfigurable
Space Telescope) project with
the California Institute of
USA, North Carolina State
University – UGPN Partner
Staff in the Maths Department
are working with colleagues at
NC State and USP on a project
entitled ‘An Interdisciplinary
Approach for the Prevention,
Treatment and Control of
Hepatitis C Virus Infection’.
Staff from both universities are
working on a project looking
at aerodynamic modelling for
flight dynamics simulation.
Maths & aerospace
Brazil, University of
Sao Paulo
Veterinary sciences &
sleep research
sustaining sanitation chains
in low-income informal
settlements in Kenya, Uganda
and Rwanda.
Sub-Saharan Africa
Tackling bovine TB
Economics & psychology
USA, Tennessee
The University has a long
history of working with
Oakridge National Laboratory
in the area of nuclear physics
and engineering.
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Global connections
Surrey on the world stage
Sustainable partnerships are fundamental to Surrey’s International Strategy.
The University of Surrey is ranked 39th in the
prestigious Top 100 world’s most international
universities by the Times Higher Education (THE). A total
score of 83.5 was awarded for Surrey’s International
Outlook – this is assessed on a university’s 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. Professor
Vince Emery, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International
Relations) commented, “This result reflects the
outstanding international profile of both the staff and
student body at the University of Surrey, and also the
University’s commitment to being a global University in
all its endeavours.”
The world’s top Universities also include a number of
Surrey partners including University of Hong Kong,
Nanyang Technological University and the University
of Sydney.
The University has many strategic partnerships and
during the year of report has signed new agreements
for academic co-operation with high profile Chinese
Universities such as Sun Yat Sen as well as a series of
agreements with scholarship providers in Vietnam
and with Tullow Oil who sponsor African students to
undertake study in the UK.
The University of Surrey continues to be a very attractive
destination for Brazilian students through the Science
Without Borders Scheme – during 2013/14, 62 students
including five PhD students have been studying at the
University as part of their degree programme.
This result reflects the outstanding
international profile of both the staff and
student body at the University of Surrey,
and also the University’s commitment to
being a global University in all its endeavours.
Professor Vince Emery
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations)
Chinese collaboration
The University has a significant ongoing partnership with
Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in
China, with the jointly run Surrey International Institute
(SII). Offering business programmes using a 2+2 format
permits students to graduate from both universities
and complete their studies either in China or the UK.
The University has its own academic staff based in
China and, having recently passed a QAA audit, reflects
the University’s continuing commitment to quality
assurance. Students within SII partake in a full-campus
experience with a broad array of scholastic and extra
curricula activities offered. The percentage of SII students
receiving good degrees has steadily climbed over the past
four years to be on a par with the home campus.
With recent changes to the DUFE leadership team,
the Vice Chancellor led a senior delegation to China
in October 2014 for an annual meeting where both
universities committed to enhancing their relationship
and strategic objectives.
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Global connections
The University Global
Partnership Network
The Universidade de São Paulo, North Carolina State University and the University of Surrey
are the founding members of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN). Through this
network, the three universities are developing joint research activities as well as providing
opportunities for students to undertake study or research placements at the partner universities.
Five-fold increase
in undergraduate
and postgraduate
student and staff
mobility between
the UGPN partners.
Mission and impact of the UGPN
The mission of the UGPN is to develop sustainable
world-class research, education and knowledge
transfer through an active international network
of selected universities collaborating in research,
learning and teaching to benefit our global society.
The depth and breadth of the relationship between
UGPN members has continued to expand during
2014 resulting in a range of new opportunities across
academic disciplines including contributing to our
One Health agenda.
To date the UGPN has achieved:
»A five-fold increase in undergraduate and postgraduate
student and staff mobility between the partners.
»Joint research in a range of areas, including sleep,
climate change, global public health, and translation
resulting in more than 22 research outputs in high
impact journals – 14 of which were published in 2014.
»Applications for collaborative research bids with a
value of over one and a half million pounds.
UGPN Research Collaboration Fund
The UGPN Collaborative Research Fund has been
an integral part of the UGPN since its inception. The
fund is designed to support research collaboration
between UGPN partners and to date the annual
fund of US$180,000 has supported 19 international
research projects. In July 2014, five projects were
selected for funding, covering a range of topics
including research into the effect of emissions, the
structure of ferroelectric film, air pollution and
modelling the combustion noise spectrum in leadburn engines.
Global citizens
The Global Graduate Award (GGA) is part of the
University’s Internationalisation Strategy aiming
to encourage student mobility, support students
who want to spend their Professional Training year
abroad, and enhance student employability in the
global marketplace.
The award is open to all students and is free of
charge. Students are invited to start a new language,
brush-up on a half-forgotten one, or continue
with a language they want to keep up in future.
Languages available include Arabic, British sign
language, Chinese, Korean, English, French, German,
Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
In the current year demand for this programme
has increased substantially reflecting our students’
desire to become global citizens of the future.
Student and staff global opportunities
More than 200 Surrey students study or work abroad
every year. Depending on a chosen degree subject,
students can spend a semester or full year studying at
one of our partner universities – either in another part
of Europe with Erasmus funding, or as far afield as New
Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea, the USA, Canada,
Australia, Thailand or Singapore. In addition, an
international Professional Training placement remains
a popular choice for more adventurous students.
During 2013/14 we have expanded our international
Summer School student opportunities in collaboration
with University of Sao Paulo so that now students can
spend time not only in Seoul, South Korea but also at
the Ribeirao Preto campus of USP in Brazil.
In 2013/14 staff mobility grants have been very
popular with 38 staff either teaching abroad or
receiving training at another European institution.
Four institutional strategic grants were also awarded
to staff from all four faculties to strengthen links with
Universities in USA, Canada and Hong Kong.
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From nutrition to nursing ethics and from sleep to infectious disease,
University of Surrey academics are at the forefront of groundbreaking
discoveries and translational research to improve human and animal
health. The following stories offer a glimpse into our fascinating work
over the past year, and reveal how Surrey research is contributing to
secure a safer, healthier world for all.
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Discovering the secrets of sleep
Over the past year, the University of Surrey’s world-leading sleep and chronobiology research
has led to greater understanding of the mysteries of sleep and contributed to numerous
television programmes, high impact journals and articles published across the globe.
A Surrey study, published in the journal PNAS
(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), has
revealed that altered bedtimes, due to shift work or jet
lag, could have a significant impact on health.
effect on metabolism – information that could be
important in interpreting the results of blood tests,
and in understanding why some individuals respond
differently to medication.
The research, funded by the BBSRC (Biotechnology &
Biological Sciences Research Council) and conducted
in Surrey’s Clinical Research Centre, found that during
the disruption of sleep timing, there was a six-fold
reduction in the number of genes that displayed a
circadian rhythm – the clock that regulates the daily
cycles of our bodies as we transition from day to night
and wakefulness to sleep.
This study, conducted by researchers from the University
of Surrey, the Erasmus MC University Medical Centre
in Rotterdam and The Institute of Cancer Research in
London, also published in the journal PNAS, showed that
metabolic processes are significantly increased during
sleep deprivation. Using metabolomics, a new cutting
edge method, 27 metabolites, including serotonin, were
found at higher levels in periods of sleep deprivation
compared to levels during sleep. The findings provide
novel insights into the metabolic processes and
pathways linked to sleep/wake processing.
The study also unearthed which genes may be regulated
by sleep-wake cycles and which are regulated by central
body clocks. This finding provides new clues about
sleep’s function as separate from the circadian clock.
Professor Dijk’s
pioneering sleep
research was the
topic of the 2014
Alf Adams Lecture,
a prestigious
annual event
held in honour of
the University’s
Emeritus Professor
of Physics.
Professor Derk-Jan Dijk (pictured top left), Associate
Dean Research and Enterprise, Professor of Sleep and
Physiology, and Director of the Surrey Sleep Research
Centre, said, “This research will help us to understand
the mechanisms by which shift work leads to negative
health outcomes such as breast cancer.
“The results also imply that sleep-wake schedules
can be used to influence bodily processes, which may
be very relevant for conditions in which circadian
rhythmicity is altered, such as in ageing.”
Surrey researchers have also discovered that the time
of day and sleep deprivation can have a significant
Professor Debra Skene (pictured bottom left), Professor
of Neuroendocrinology and lead author of the BBSRCfunded research, said, “Our results show that if we want
to develop a diagnostic test for a disease, it is imperative
to take the time of day when taking blood samples into
account, since this has a significant effect on metabolism.
“This is also key for administering medicines and
determining when they will be at their most effective.”
Future sleep research at Surrey will investigate the
links between metabolism, circadian rhythms and
sleep in shift work, diabetes, liver cirrhosis and ageing
and focus on the extent by which the rhythms of
gene expression are disrupted in various shift work
schedules, and how rhythmicity may be restored.
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Leading the fight
against tuberculosis
Unravelling TB’s
metabolic secrets
Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the world’s most deadly
infectious diseases. It kills more than one million people
every year and is responsible for huge economic losses in
livestock farming.
Drug resistance is an increasing problem in the fight
against tuberculosis. University of Surrey academics are
at the forefront of research into new tools to combat
the disease.
Surrey researchers, led by Johnjoe McFadden, Professor of Molecular
Genetics, are working on a number of pioneering projects that could
revolutionise the control of TB in both humans and animals.
Our world-leading infectious diseases experts have been awarded
a £846,000 BBSRC grant to search for new ways to destroy the
bacteria through disrupting or removing its source of ‘food’.
Funded by £980,000 from the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological
Sciences Research Council) and the Department of Biotechnology
(DBT) in India, a Surrey-led team is collaborating with experts from
the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and
the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in the UK, as well as
academics from two Indian institutions, to develop a cheaper diagnostic
test for bovine TB and a vaccine that could be used alongside it, for use
in India. At the moment, the statutory skin test can give a positive result
whether an animal has been vaccinated or is infected with TB.
Building on previous work that revealed the TB bacterium’s
metabolism of carbon, the research team, including project leader
Professor Johnjoe McFadden, Dr Dany Beste and Professor Andrzej
Kierzek, aims to learn more about the bacterium’s metabolism of
The team is seeking to delete some of the antigens in the BCG vaccine
and replace the existing skin test (which detects all of the antigens TB
produces) with one that detects only those eliminated from the new
BCG. This means that the test would only show a positive result if cows
are infected with the TB bacillus.
Professor McFadden said, “If a suitable new vaccine and diagnostic test
can be developed for use in India, it could potentially be transferred to
the UK (subject to relevant legislation changes) or even translated for
use in humans, avoiding the need for an X-ray to confirm diagnosis
following a positive test for TB.”
The Surrey team will employ a similar method to tackle the human
form of the disease, thanks to significant funding from the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation.
Professor McFadden and his colleagues were the first to develop
an in silico (computer simulated) metabolic model of the TB
bacillus in 2007. The data from the nitrogen study will be added
to the model, to provide a more accurate simulation of the
metabolism of the TB bacillus than ever before.
The virtual TB cell allows us to conduct in nanoseconds
experiments that would take months in the lab. This not
only saves time and money – if it helps us to develop
effective drug targets, it could help save lives.
Professor Johnjoe McFadden
Professor of Molecular Genetics
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Mobile technology in medicine
Chemotherapy is a very effective cancer treatment that has helped save millions of lives,
but the side effects can be severe.
The University of Surrey is leading a pioneering project
that could transform cancer care – and significantly
reduce healthcare costs – by enabling clinicians to
remotely monitor patients undergoing chemotherapy
treatment, via a mobile phone.
eSMART will give
patients continual
support both
during and after
Professor Nora Kearney
Professor of Cancer Care
and Head of the School
of Health Sciences
The eSMART (Electronic Symptom Management using
Advanced Symptom Management System Remote
Technology) project involves giving patients with breast,
bowel and haematological cancers a phone with an applike programme that helps them to identify and record
their chemotherapy symptoms daily. This information
is sent securely to a computer and triggers an alert to
doctors or nurses if the patient requires assistance. The
phone also offers patients real-time information and
advice on how to manage their symptoms at home.
Researchers, led by Professor Nora Kearney, Professor
of Cancer Care and Head of the School of Health
Sciences, believe the system will reduce the side effects
of chemotherapy and help to identify and treat lifethreatening side effects much quicker than current
care systems.
The team has secured a €6 million grant from the
European Union that will fund a 1,000-patient
European trial, starting early 2015. It is also developing
and testing the system for use by people with other
types of cancer and other long-term conditions.
Professor Kearney said, “Over three million people are
diagnosed with cancer each year in Europe and it is
likely that this number will increase by at least 65 per
cent over the next 20 years.
“eSMART will give patients continual support both
during and after chemotherapy, while allowing them
to remain in the comfort of their own homes. It will
revolutionise the way our healthcare system supports
people with cancer.”
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Contributing to better vaccine
information across Europe
Surrey academics join continent-wide coalition of organisations to revolutionise benefit/risk
assessment of vaccines.
Experts from the University of Surrey are among
those to contribute to the ADVANCE project, a
pioneering €10 million pan-European alliance that
will provide evidence on the benefits and risks of
vaccines more rapidly.
of Health Care Management and Policy, and Simon
Jones (pictured bottom) of the School of Health
Sciences, the group will identify health databases
capable of delivering accelerated research about
vaccine benefits and risks.
ADVANCE aims to gather the rich information
generated in clinical routine care and captured
in health care databases and disease registries
to cultivate a more comprehensive understanding
of the data captured across the continent.
The project is revolutionary in the way it brings together
representatives of all stakeholders. Supported by the
Innovative Medicines Initiative, it brings together 27
partners – including public health and regulatory bodies
at European and national level, vaccine manufacturers,
universities, and small and medium-sized enterprises.
This is vital to benefit/risk evaluations by health care
providers, vaccine manufacturers, and public health
and regulatory bodies, as well as maintaining public
confidence in safe and effective vaccines that prevent
devastating diseases.
Surrey’s contribution to the project comes through its
Clinical Informatics research group. Led by Professors
Simon de Lusignan (pictured top), of the Department
ADVANCE is in a unique position to help maintain
public confidence in vaccines that protect populations
from devastating diseases across Europe.
Immunisation through vaccines prevents between
two and three million deaths worldwide each year
from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
(whooping cough) and measles.
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Conquering Chiari malformation
in toy dog breeds
University of Surrey researchers have made major breakthroughs in understanding canine
Chiari malformation (CM) – an inherited condition that causes dogs to have brains that are
too big for their skulls.
The disorder — which can be described as trying to fit
a big foot into a small shoe — affects many toy breeds
which have been bred to have attractive baby–like
heads, including the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and
the Chihuahua. It can cause headaches, problems with
walking or even paralysis. Humans can be affected by
a similar disease (called CMI) when certain skull bones
fuse too early causing the cerebellar tonsils of the brain
to descend through an opening in the base of the skull.
novel genomic regions that were strongly associated
to CM in the dog. Both studies were published in the
journal PLOS ONE.
Dr Clare Rusbridge (pictured right), Reader in
Veterinary Neurology, is leading pioneering research
into this complex genetic condition in collaboration
with colleagues from the University of Montreal and
the University of Georgia.
“Our latest discoveries will be significant in driving this
research forward. Our next steps will be to apply our
technique to other breeds with Chiari malformation
such as the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and
Chihuahua. We also want to investigate more sensitive
ways of screening so that risk of disease can be detected
easier, at an earlier age and with a single MRI scan.
The research team has identified the specific effect
Chiari malformation has on the shape of a dog’s skull
and brain, and conducted further studies which linked
two types of information – phenotypic data (trait
measurements) and genotypic data (usually molecular
markers) – in an attempt to explain the genetic basis of
variation in CM.
A total of 14 quantitative skull, brain and vertebrae
measurements were taken from 155 Griffon Bruxellois
dogs and tested for association to CM. Six traits were
found to be associated to CM and were subjected to a
whole-genome association study. This identified two
The team is very excited by these findings.
Not only may they help dogs and breeders, but
they might also help improve understanding
of the condition in humans and lead to
improved diagnosis and treatment options.
Dr Clare Rusbridge
Reader in Veterinary Neurology
Dr Rusbridge said, “One genomic region contains
an excellent candidate gene called Sall-1. Sall-1 is
involved in development of the skull, and in humans
the equivalent gene is mutated in Townes-Brocks
syndrome which has previously been associated to CM.
“The team is very excited by these findings. Not only
may they help dogs and breeders, but they might also
help improve understanding of the condition in humans
and lead to improved diagnosis and treatment options.”
Following this breakthrough, the University of Surrey
has been awarded a grant from the Dogs Trust to repeat
this approach in the Cavalier King Charles spaniel
breed, with a view to finding a genetic cause for both
painful CM and Syringomyelia, a condition that occurs
when fluid collects inside the spinal cord.
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Science & technology
Could elastic bands monitor
patients’ breathing?
Revolutionary research stretches the limits of current healthcare by enabling medical
professionals to measure their patients’ breathing, heart rate and movement with
graphene elastic bands.
Research published in the journal ACS Nano identifies a
new type of sensor that could monitor body movement
and revolutionise the future of global healthcare.
Although body motion sensors already exist in
different forms, they have not been widely used due to
their complexity and cost of production. Now, scientists
from the University of Surrey and Trinity College
Dublin have for the first time treated common elastic
bands with graphene, to create a flexible sensor that is
sensitive enough for medical application.
Once treated, the rubber bands remain highly pliable.
By fusing this material with graphene – which imparts
an electromechanical response on movement – the
material can be used as a sensor to measure a patient’s
breathing, heart rate or movement, alerting doctors to
any irregularities.
“Until now, no such sensor has been produced that
meets these needs,” said Surrey’s Dr Alan Dalton
(pictured). “It sounds like a simple concept, but our
graphene-infused rubber bands could really help to
revolutionise remote healthcare – and they are very
cheap to manufacture.”
Corresponding author, Professor Jonathan Coleman
from Trinity College Dublin, commented, “This
stretchy material senses motion such as breathing,
pulse and joint movement and could be used to create
lightweight sensor suits for vulnerable patients such
as premature babies, making it possible to remotely
monitor their subtle movements and alert a doctor to
any worrying behaviours.
“These sensors are extraordinarily cheap compared to
existing technologies. Each device would probably cost
pennies instead of pounds, making it ideal technology
for use in developing countries where there are not
enough medically trained staff to effectively monitor
and treat patients quickly.”
Further collaborative research published in the
journal Advanced Functional Materials suggests that
graphene-treated nanowires could soon replace
current touchscreen technology, allowing for more
affordable, flexible displays and significantly reducing
production costs.
It sounds like a
simple concept,
but our grapheneinfused rubber
bands could really
help to revolutionise
remote healthcare
– and they are
very cheap to
Dr Alan Dalton
University of Surrey
The work on graphene touchscreens has gained
international coverage including Forbes, The Engineer and
New Electronics. Dr Dalton’s work on graphene rubber
bands also featured on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science.
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Science & technology
Surrey Centre for
Cyber Security launched
The Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) brings together core cyber security researchers from the
University’s Departments of Computing and Electronic Engineering – along with interdisciplinary
input from Mathematics, the Surrey Business School, Sociology, Psychology and Law.
The Centre
consolidates the
wide range of
security activity
going on in Surrey.
Professor Steve
Director, Surrey Centre
for Cyber Security
Led by Director Professor Steve Schneider, and Deputy
Directors Dr Mark Manulis and Dr Shujun Li, the SCCS
will focus on issues of privacy, data protection, secure
communication and human-centered security.
it is inevitable that cyber space will be an integral part of
our future. The work of the SCCS is vital if people are to
remain safe and secure.”
Professor Schneider said, “The Centre consolidates
the wide range of security activity going on in Surrey,
with a strong technical core and with emphasis on the
associated interdisciplinary aspects – it’s the right time
to bring it all together.”
SCCS research projects have been funded by EPSRC
(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council),
EU, TSB (Technology Strategy Board), Home Office,
Dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)/
MOD (Ministry of Defence), industry and other public
sector bodies.
Visiting Professor Alan Woodward, member of SCCS,
who contributed to the European Cybercrime Centre at
Europol report, commented, “Cyber security is changing
at an extraordinary rate. This year we have passed two
important milestones: over one billion active websites,
and more people accessing the web using mobile devices
over static computers. As storage and computing power
increase exponentially along with the speed of networks,
The Centre recently welcomed an Applied Security Lab
– a ‘safe space’ for the testing of cyber-attacks – along
with the launch of a new GCHQ provisionally certified
Masters programme in Information Security. Following
a successful year, Surrey’s Computer Sciences and IT
programmes have also reached ninth place overall
within the UK, according to The Guardian 2015 league
table announcement.
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Science & technology
Servicing spacecraft and
clearing space debris
Researchers at Surrey Space Centre build new technology to aid spacecraft repair and disposal
of radioactive waste.
Have you ever wondered what happens to satellites
when they stop working or come to the end of their
life? Researchers at Surrey are developing technology
that could help remove space debris and monitor
“Our autonomous technology will be deployed in
snake-like robots who will perceive their environment
through built-in cameras. Our technology could also
work on simpler platforms, such as robotic arms, like
the type used in car manufacturing factories.”
As the Head of the Surrey Technology for
Autonomous systems and Robotics (STAR) Lab within
the Surrey Space Centre, Professor Yang Gao and
her team are working on a four-year project called
‘Reconfigurable Autonomy’.
The robot’s vision system is based on technology that
can recognise objects (shapes, colours and angles) as
a human would – so it can learn to detect, track and
recognise anomalies of the spacecraft.
“Repairing space vehicles and sorting out space debris
is challenging, dangerous and costs a lot when you
employ humans to do the work,” Professor Gao said.
“This is why the space industry demands robotic
solutions to do this instead. We are creating intelligent
robotic systems to inspect, monitor and identify when
spacecraft needs repairing. These systems will also have
the potential to support astronauts on space missions,
and to deal with space debris.
“If you had a malfunctioning part on a moving
spacecraft, our technology enables space robots
to detect these issues, and to potentially fix
the problem there and then, without human
intervention,” she added.
This may make it possible for robots to assist
astronauts in the International Space Station –
by carrying out hardware checks and testing
equipment before important missions. Another
potential application is within the nuclear industry,
identifying decommissioned radioactive waste in
nuclear plants – thus saving human operators from
radiation exposure.
Robotic agents
will play a crucial
role in future
space missions
in supporting
Professor Yang Gao
Head of Surrey
Technology for
Autonomous systems
and Robotics (STAR) Lab
“I feel robotic agents will play a crucial role in future
space missions in supporting astronauts,” Professor
Gao concluded. “My team is very enthusiastic and
excited about new opportunities and applications of
the technologies we are developing.”
The STAR lab is also working with Chinese scientists
to discover more about the moon’s surface, extracting
data from relevant technologies.
In related news, Professor Underwood currently leads
the Surrey side of a collaborative project (formed
with the California Institute of Technology) aiming
to develop a fully-functional, self-building telescope
to further global understanding about the weather
conditions, atmosphere and sights within space.
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Science & technology
New sensor could light the way
for low-cost imaging
Research published in Nature’s Scientific Reports demonstrates a new type of light sensor that
could allow medical and security imaging via low cost cameras.
A team of Surrey researchers, led by Dr Richard
Curry of the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI),
has developed a new ‘multispectral’ light sensor
(pictured) that detects the full spectrum of light, from
ultra-violet (UV), to visible and near infrared light.
Near infrared light is already used to perform noninvasive medical monitoring, such as measuring the
oxygen level in tissue and detecting tumours.
Our new technology could allow surgeons to ‘see’ inside tissue to find
biolabelled tumours prior to surgery as well as equip conventional consumer
products, such as cameras and mobile phones, with night imaging options.
Dr Richard Curry
Advanced Technology Institute (ATI)
Their paper, ‘Ultrahigh Performance C60
Nanorod Large Area Flexible Photoconductor
Devices via Ultralow Organic and Inorganic
Photodoping’, demonstrates that by introducing
an ultralow ‘photodoping’ mechanism, in
addition to conventional detection of visible light,
photosensitivity can be extended to the UV and
near infrared without compromising performance,
opening up a number of new possibilities.
“Until now, high-performance light sensors have
been limited in the spectrum of light they can detect,
with multiple sensors required to measure different
regions of the light spectrum, significantly increasing
cost,” said Dr Curry.
“Our new technology could allow surgeons to ‘see’
inside tissue to find biolabelled tumours prior to
surgery as well as equip conventional consumer
products, such as cameras and mobile phones, with
night imaging options. This is useful for capturing
quality pictures in the dark, and may enable parents
to monitor a child’s blood or tissue oxygenation level
via a smartphone camera which could be linked to
healthcare professionals.”
As well as potentially transforming global healthcare
by providing a low-cost method of individual health
monitoring, the new flexible ‘multispectral’ sensors
can be produced using the inkjet printing method
found in homes and – unlike other sensors – do not
require specialised manufacturing conditions.
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Annual Review | 2014
Science & technology
Investigating poor water
quality in African slums
Research identifies amino acid’s power
to fight strokes and heart failure
Project ‘Groundwater 2030’ unearths the reality behind drinking water in
East-African informal settlements.
Collaborative project investigates the regulation of oxidase activation and superoxide production, for the treatment
of neurodegenerative and respiratory illness.
Africa,” said Surrey’s project co-investigator,
Dr Steve Pedley, who is working on the
project alongside a consortium of key players
from the University of Bristol, University
of Southampton, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga
University of Science and Technology and the
Victoria Institute for Research on Environment
and Development (both in Kenya).
Kisumu (pictured above), one of the largest
cities in Kenya, has a booming population.
and social infrastructure and improving
water and sanitation facilities in slums.
Most of this growth is concentrated within
peri-urban slum districts which struggle
with poor quality sanitation (predominantly
due to home-dug pit latrines which can
allow pathogens and chemicals to diffuse
into nearby hand-dug drinking water wells),
and disease.
University of Surrey academics are now
using the Kenya Vision as the backbone
to ‘Groundwater 2030: sustaining urban
groundwater for the poor’, a project studying
the changing quality of Kisumu’s groundwater
and assessing its long-term impact on the
health of its expanding population.
In light of this, the Government of
Kenya published ‘Kenya Vision 2030’, a
development framework outlining key
objectives including implementing solid
waste management, strengthening physical
“We are gathering this information so that,
when we combine it with socio-economic
data, we have a thorough picture of how
the poor are suffering from contaminated
water, compared to those from richer areas of
Once we know how deep the
problem lies, we will be in a
position to evaluate a range of water
management schemes and hopefully
improve people’s health and overall
quality of life in the future.
Dr Steve Pedley
University of Surrey
Groundwater 2030 is looking to help a
range of agencies transform the lives of
slum dwellers, and Surrey aims to develop
a framework to guide implementation of
future sanitation projects around the world.
The enzyme complex ‘NADPH oxidase’
is an integral part of the body’s plasma
membrane, and helps white blood cells fight
microorganisms. However, too much reactive
oxygen results in oxidative stress and tissue
damage – causing strokes, heart failure and
neurodegenerative diseases.
Surrey academics, Dr Brendan Howlin and
Professor Jian-Mei Li, have discovered that
a single amino acid, phosphorylation, can
control this enzyme activity.
Their research paper ‘Molecular Insights of
p47phox Phosphorylation Dynamics in the
Regulation of NADPH Oxidase Activation
and Superoxide Production’, published in The
Journal of Biological Chemistry, strengthens
the argument for the development of
novel inhibitors for the treatment of future
oxidative stress-related disease.
Dr Howlin said, “The combination of
molecular modelling and experimental
biology is a powerful tool for modern chemical
and biological research – as well as medicine.
The molecular insight of the activation
mechanism of NADPH oxidase means that
Surrey is one step ahead of other scientists in
this very competitive research field.”
Detail of white blood cell
With help from the University of Surrey Seed
Fund, the team is now using computer-aided
drug design to model a potential drug binding
to the P47phox protein described in the paper.
So far, they have synthesised the compound
and tested its efficacy successfully in cell and
animal models.
University of Surrey first funded the
European patent which proved that
new substituted aromatic hydrocarbon
compounds are NADPH oxidase 2
inhibitors; these inhibitors are useful
for treating cardiovascular, respiratory,
neurodegenerative and inflammatory
diseases. The University now owns the
international patent on the drug designed
by the Surrey researchers, using the
information from this paper to treat the
diseases of ageing. |
From research into wearable electroencephalography (EEG) equipment
to lack of accessible tourism and obesity drug failure, our academics
are leading the way with their investigations into society. These stories
reveal the diversity of our pioneering work and highlight the role our
academics play in creating a wider understanding of society.
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Wearable EEG research: whole University
becomes a neuroscience laboratory
A new research project from the School of Psychology will put wearable electroencephalography (EEG) equipment through
its paces in everyday situations around campus, breaking the reliance on artificially controlled laboratory settings.
An ERASMUS-facilitated collaboration between
the University of Surrey’s Brain & Behaviour
Group and Germany’s University of Oldenburg is
testing a sophisticated new technique that allows
neuroscientists to gather data on real brain behaviour
in real time in the real world. They will do this by
taking advantage of EEG systems designed specifically
to be worn during everyday activity, and the
development of specialised software for the analysis
of artefact-contaminated data.
experiments are usually asked to remain perfectly still
and to concentrate their gaze on one spot. They may
even be asked to relax their jaw and neck muscles and
to blink only during ‘blink holidays’ that are built into
the experiment.
The evolution of new neuroimaging techniques over
the last couple of decades has brought huge advances
in understanding of brain structures, functions
and processes, but neuroscience has often found
it difficult to study natural cognition in the messy
environments to be found outside the laboratory.
Following successful initial development work, the
project team was awarded research funding from
the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
(DSTL) to examine the effect that carrying heavy
equipment has on cognitive function. This funding
has allowed the recruitment of a PhD candidate to
work on the three-stage, four-year project under
Professor Annette Sterr (pictured top) and Professor
Paul Sauseng (pictured bottom) in Surrey’s School
of Psychology.
To examine what the brain is doing during a
particular physical behaviour or cognitive process,
neuroscientists measure specific mental activities
through the precise detection of certain signals. But
the measurable signals that they want to examine are
just one of a huge number that the brain routinely
emits as it goes about its complicated business.
To try to limit these extraneous bits of information
(or ‘artefacts’), subjects participating in laboratory
Much fascinating and vital new knowledge has been
acquired under these conditions, but the necessary
next step of examining how the brain works in more
normal settings has proved extremely difficult.
As well as helping DSTL with its specific
knowledge requirements, this project
will generate crucial new expertise in
research methodology to underpin the
next phase in neuroscience: moving out
of the lab and into the everyday world.
Professor Annette Sterr
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
and Neuropsychology
Professor Sterr commented: “As well as helping
DSTL with its specific knowledge requirements,
this project will generate crucial new expertise in
research methodology to underpin the next phase
in neuroscience: moving out of the lab and into the
everyday world.”
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Can narcissists feel
Psychology research sheds light
on reasons for obesity-drug failure
A research breakthrough from the University of Surrey suggests that narcissists
possess the physical capacity to empathise with someone else’s distress.
New study suggests that a lack of information about the anti-obesity drug orlistat’s side effects may
be one of the reasons why some people actually gain weight after being prescribed the medication.
Psychological interventions to raise empathy
levels in people with narcissistic tendencies
could be on the way following new research
suggesting that narcissists are physically
capable of empathising with other people’s
distress. The research by Dr Erica Hepper
and colleagues was published in Personality
and Social Psychology Bulletin and shared
extensively across academic and nonacademic circles.
Empathy is important as a ‘glue’ that helps
personal relationships and social bonds to
develop, form and endure. If (as the research
suggests) narcissists possess the physical
capacity to feel empathy, it gives psychologists
a foothold on which to base measures to help
these people empathise more.
This is important, as narcissists tend to use
more than their fair share of resources, are
more prone to aggressive or anti-social
behaviour, and are more likely to commit
crimes and go to prison. Other studies
suggest that narcissism has been increasing
across different cultures for the past three
decades, with younger people more likely to
exhibit narcissism than older generations.
“Our findings are promising in suggesting
that even relatively anti-social members of
society can be empathic,” commented Dr
Hepper. “This is not only good for the people
around them, but also good for their own
wellbeing in the long-run.”
When we asked narcissists to imagine a situation from another person’s point of
view, they actually processed that situation using the same parts of the brain that
they use to process their own experiences.
Dr Erica Hepper
University of Surrey
Our results
have significant
implications for
GPs and how they
should communicate
with patients about
this drug.
Dr Amelia Hollywood
School of Psychology
Some patients who gain weight after being prescribed
the anti-obesity drug orlistat attribute their weight-loss
failure to unpleasant side effects that caused them to stop
taking the medication, according to a University of Surrey
paper published in the Journal of Health Psychology.
This finding is important as the side effects in question
occur when the individual consumes fatty food,
suggesting that the fundamental changes to diet, attitude
and lifestyle required for sustainable weight loss have not
been adopted. Participants also reported other medical,
psychological, social and personal circumstances as
barriers to weight loss, which could be overcome through
better education, counselling and support to understand
and address the reasons for their obesity.
“Our results have significant implications for GPs and
how they should communicate with patients about
this drug,” said lead author Dr Amelia Hollywood from
the School of Psychology. “By alerting patients to these
consequences and emphasising the need for dietary
change, patients may be in a better position to make
an informed judgement as to whether they wish to
take this medication.
“Doctors may likewise be able to make a more
informed decision as to whether the medication
should be prescribed, with potential savings for the
NHS through reducing the waste of medications.”
Annual Review | 2014
Lack of accessible tourism
costing economy billions
Study discovers that the tourism industry across Europe is missing out on up to €142 billion annually.
Researchers at the University of Surrey have revealed
that the European tourism sector is losing out on
as much as €142 billion every year due to poor
infrastructure, services and attitudes towards travellers
with special access needs.
The research project, which was funded by the
European Commission, discovered that travellers within
the EU who required special access (whether through
disability or age) undertook 783 million trips within the
region in 2012, contributing €394 billion and 8.7 million
jobs to the European economy.
However, if European destinations were fully accessible,
this demand could increase by up to 44 per cent a year –
producing an additional €142 billion GDP and creating
3.4 million jobs.
Following the research, the European Commission
identified several key recommendations for improving
accessibility in its report, ‘Economic impact and travel
patterns of accessible tourism in Europe’.
The worry of many
businesses has been
recouping the cost of
adapting for special
access needs. This
research shows that
this cost will not
only be recovered,
but will result in
market growth.
“This is a golden opportunity for the European travel
sector”, explained Professor Miller, who spoke to Radio
4’s You & Yours programme about the research. “The
worry of many businesses has been recouping the
cost of adapting for special access needs. This research
shows that this cost will not only be recovered, but will
result in market growth.”
Professor Graham
Head of the School
of Hospitality and
Tourism Management
The research, which was carried out by Dr Victoria
Eichhorn, Dr Gang Li, Professor Graham Miller and
Dr Jason Chen (pictured from left to right) from
the University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism
Management, is the first of its kind to study the
economic impact of accessible tourism within Europe.
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Politicians must be tougher to
meet transport emissions targets
Research discovers that a focus on new technology is not enough to reach carbon reduction targets
in the transport industry.
Transport accounts for 30 per cent of carbon dioxide
emissions in the EU, with emissions rising 36 per
cent between 1990 and 2007. In order to drive
decarbonisation policy and lower these numbers to
meet reduction targets for carbon emissions, policymakers are turning to new technologies in the transport
industry, such as biofuel and improved aircraft design.
However, researchers at Lund University in Sweden and
the University of Surrey have revealed that politicians
need to address deep-seated ‘transport taboos’ rather
than simply focus on technological innovation.
The paper, ‘Why sustainable transport policies will
fail: EU climate policy in the light of transport taboos’,
exposes a range of transport ‘norms’ that need to be
addressed before real progress can be made, finding that
it is often the most highly mobile and environmentally
aware travellers who refuse to change their ways.
The paper was widely syndicated across a range of
news sites, including The Conversation, Climate Wire
and Responding to Climate Change.
“The richest and most politically powerful contribute
the most to global carbon emissions”, noted Dr Scott
Cohen from the School of Hospitality and Tourism
Management, who co-authored the paper. “There is a
lot of exaggeration surrounding ‘wonder’ technologies
that promise to reduce carbon levels while allowing
privileged sections of society to continue to travel
without limits.”
“Politicians continue to ignore evidence of what works
in favour of optimistic headlines about technological
innovation, driven by industry and lobbyists. Rather
than maintain the status quo, we need to start
challenging these damaging norms.”
There is a lot of exaggeration surrounding ‘wonder’ technologies that promise to reduce carbon
levels while allowing privileged sections of society to continue to travel without limits.
Dr Scott Cohen
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
University of Surrey
In 2014, there was a significant increase in Surrey’s business activity.
Here we review the development of the University’s 5G Innovation
Centre and the achievements of Surrey Research Park. We celebrate
the success of Surrey Incubation and Surrey Business School.
Aerial view of Surrey Research Park (left-hand page)
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Surrey means business
Research and Enterprise Support
Keith Robson, Chief Operating Officer for the Surrey 5G Innovation Centre, offers his 2014 review
The University worked closely throughout the year
with the Enterprise M3 (EM3) Local Enterprise
Partnership (LEP) in the development of their regional
growth strategy. The UK Government is placing much
emphasis on the regional LEPs to help drive the UK’s
future prosperity. We were therefore delighted when
in July 2013 the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of
State for Cabinet Office (Cities and Constitution) and
newly appointed Minister of State for Universities and
Science, signed EM3’s £118 million Growth Deal, the
first to be signed off in the UK. The deal includes £5m
to support Surrey’s 5GIC and Innovation Gateway
in generating additional activity to support local
businesses. EM3 is also supporting exciting plans to
connect Surrey’s new School of Veterinary Medicine
and Surrey Research Park with other regional public
sector research establishments to develop a world
class enterprise cluster of activity in animal health.
In October 2013, the University signed a contract
with the eleven industry partners supporting the
establishment of the University’s 5G Innovation
Centre (5GIC) which aims to develop the fifth
generation (5G) mobile communications network
capable of handling future mobile, broadband,
terrestrial TV and digital growth and supporting
emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things,
Machine Type Communications and Big Data. The
5GIC, combined with the University’s Innovation
Gateway programme for the connected digital
economy, has now attracted £58 million in partner
funding in addition to the original £11.6 million
support from HEFCE. This will enable the University
to establish one of the world’s foremost centres in this
sector. The outside organisations will work in close
£11.6 million
£58 million
collaboration with the Centre to develop innovative
solutions and standards for 5G networks.
The Centre will also be an international hub for
research and innovation, providing significant
opportunities for UK economic growth. It will include
large-scale experimental facilities and specialist
laboratories for network testing, as well as a unique
test bed to prototype 5G equipment and services.
Due to open in 2015, the 5GIC is located on the
University’s Stag Hill campus and will be home to
over 150 researchers and 100 PhD students.
2013/14 also saw a further significant increase in
Surrey’s business incubation activity, with funding
for new ventures raised from the Surrey 100
Business Angel Club now in excess of £25 million.
Surrey continues to retain its place as one of the top
performing universities in the UK in terms of provision
of such start-up finance, with only Cambridge, Oxford
and Imperial raising larger amounts.
5GIC is in a unique position to deliver
next-generation communications
through close collaboration with
telecommunication world-leaders.
Professor Rahim Tafazolli
Head of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS)
From left to right: Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of the Institute for Communication Systems, The Rt Hon David Willetts, MP,
Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor, David Hendon, Chair of the 5G Industry Strategy Advisory Board
University of Surrey
Surrey means business
Annual Review | 2014
Surrey Research Park
Q & A with Dr Malcolm Parry, Director of Surrey Research Park.
Who owns Surrey Research Park and when was
it launched?
The Surrey Research Park is owned, funded and
developed by the University of Surrey. The idea was first
promoted in 1979, as a way to extend the University’s
long-standing policy of working closely with industry.
It has been developed over the last 29 years by the
University to support companies involved in the
commercialisation of a wide range of sciences, including
social science, technologies, health related activities and
engineering. The 70 acre site offers highly congenial
surroundings combining attractive architecture with
beautifully landscaped areas and lakes.
The University has extensive research contracts and
links with industry and the Surrey Research Park was
originally promoted to extend this important policy
of cooperation with industry.
How many companies are located on Surrey
Research Park?
The Surrey Research Park currently houses over 110
companies engaged in work of which some is pushing
forward the frontiers of science, engineering and
technology while other aspects are associated with
innovation which is the successful commercialisation
of these ideas.
Surrey Technology Centre,
Surrey Research Park
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Surrey means business
Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey Research Park
What has the park contributed to the local economy?
First, there is the direct employment by the Park’s
tenants. Secondly, there is the indirect employment
through purchasing goods and services as a
consequence of their activity. Finally, there is induced
employment resulting from consumption by those
directly and indirectly employed.
as the commercialisation of science and technology
become core elements of any future competitive
economy and in an in-depth review by the UK Science
Park Association (UKSPA). The report has revealed that
the companies on Surrey Research Park contribute
between £580 and £625 million of economic activity to
the regional economy each year.
In 2014, Park tenants employ around 3,500 people on
site, some of whom are recruited from within Surrey
and others are from the pool of highly qualified
graduates and postgraduates from our own courses.
An estimated 4,000 jobs have been created in the area
as a result of the companies that have grown up on the
site and graduated to take other space locally.
This has been endorsed with a recent figure from a
wider study of the contribution of the Park’s host
University of £1.4 billion Gross Value Added (GVA)
annually of which the Park in 2012 contributed
£450 million of this addition to the economy.
The Surrey Research Park has been praised for its
increasingly important role in the regional economy
Stefan Peter and Kyra Archibald at Surrey Research Park company Angle Parsortix plc
What have been the greatest achievements on
Surrey Research Park?
By the end of 1996, the Park had contributed over £20
million to University finances through direct donations
to support specific research projects and existing
activities. Today, the contributions from the estate
alone stand at £92 million to which can be added the
significant and growing contributions from research
and other collaborative activities.
In addition, significant income comes through tenants
purchasing University services, such as audio-visual
services, conference facilities and the use of the Library
to help fund these activities. Moreover, the close and
continuing relationships between University staff
and Park businesses have resulted in consultancy and
collaborative research projects that generate on-going
revenue streams for the University.
With its market valuation at over £91 million, the
Park adds further to the security of the University and
provides access to further funds by supporting the
borrowing for major capital projects on the University’s
campus. As the estate approaches full development the
Park will continue to be a significant element of the
University’s asset portfolio, raising the profile of the
University, supporting knowledge transfer and both
helping companies maintain a competitive advantage
while meeting the aspiration of the Borough for
developing a more diversified economic base. The Park
has also enabled and supported a number of ‘spin out’
The Surrey Research Park has been recognised as
‘fundamental to the region’s economy and growth’ and
one of the best Science Parks of its kind in the UK by
Science Park Movement Founders UKSPA in its first
ASPIRE review and for which it received an award from
UKSPA at its 30th anniversary celebration of offering the
most successful innovation among the 70 Parks in the UK.
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Surrey means business
Surrey Incubation
Sarah De’Lacy, Head of Incubation and Director of Surrey 100,
celebrates the growth of Surrey Incubation.
Surrey Incubation – the background
The University has been incubating technology
businesses since 2002, when along with Bath, Bristol
and Southampton Universities we founded the
SETsquared Partnership. SETsquared has directly
supported over 650 companies since 2002, helping
them raise over £0.75 billion and creating over 1,000
new jobs. It has also been ranked by the University
Business Incubator Index (UBI) as number one
Incubator in Europe and second in the World 2014.
Since then, Surrey Incubation has founded its own
Angel Investment Club, the Surrey 100 Club (2007),
and launched a Space Incubator (2011).
Incubation 2014 successes
Surrey Incubation is currently supporting 65+ highgrowth technology and space related businesses.
Below we showcase three of those businesses:
iGeolise has been a member of the incubator since 2009.
They now have a team of 12 people and offices on the
Research Park, Guildford and London. Their technology,
The Travel Time Platform allows the searching of maps
by time, instead of distance. In 2014, Countrywide Plc,
the UKs largest integrated property service group and
now one of iGeolise’s customers, released a study that
demonstrated a 300 per cent increase in Propertywide
conversions from using The Travel Time Platform and
have secured iGeolise as a supplier for this technology
going forward. iGeolise’s customers now span
recruitment, retail, travel, ticketing, entertainment,
business analytics and more, as well as plans to expands
In April 2014, TorqBak, a member since 2011, secured
£150,000 investment from Mercia Fund Management
to help grow their Twitter business.
isardSAT, a member of our space themed incubator
since 2013, has been awarded their first contract with
the European Space Agency (ESA) for the CryoVal-LI
project. The CryoVal-LI project objective is to address
the error budgets for land ice, making use of extensive
in-situ, airborne and satellite datasets acquired in
multi-year land ice regions north of Greenland and
Canada, complemented by seasonal ice datasets
acquired near Svalbard.
Surrey Incubation is currently supporting 65+ startups and has helped businesses raise £111,994 million
in grants and equity investment, with over 705 jobs
protected and created.
Albert Garcia from Surrey Incubator company isardSAT UK with Sarah De’Lacy, Head of Incubation
Surrey 100 success in 2014
The Surrey 100 Club is the South East’s leading Angel
Investment Network, whose President is Michael Queen,
formerly Chief Executive of 3i Group plc. The Surrey 100
Club has a track record in helping businesses, securing
over £25 million in funding from Surrey 100 Angels,
other Angel Clubs and matched Grant funding, which
has assisted in protecting and creating over 360 jobs.
In 2014, the Club has seen over 26 high-growth
businesses across the UK present to their
Members, with over 50 per cent being offered
investment. This year also saw our first Inaugural
London event at the prestigious offices of Orrick,
Cheapside, London, where eight businesses
presented to the Surrey and London community
of investors.
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Surrey Business School
David Goss, Head of Surrey Business School and Professor of Entrepreneurship,
reflects on success in 2014 and the future.
Surrey Business School provides opportunities to engage
with businesses both in our Professional Training
placements and in our programmes, supplemented
by the involvement of exceptional entrepreneurs and
business leaders who support us across our activities.
Our pioneering Professional Training programme
enables our students to undertake high quality
paid work experience placements giving them the
opportunity to demonstrate their talents to employers.
The University has established strong connections
with more than 2,300 placement partners involved in
providing placements over the last five years.
The success of our Professional Training programme
has underpinned our record as one of the leading UK
universities for graduate employment with 97 per
cent of our graduates in employment six months after
leaving us – the highest level in English universities.
Our business and management programmes this year
entered the top ten in the UK for student satisfaction
in the National Student Survey and 98 per cent of
our graduates were in work or further education six
months after they graduated.
Over the past year, Surrey Business School has leapt
up the national league tables. Our business and
management programmes are ranked 15th out of
120 in the UK by The Good University Guide and
The Guardian University Guide, while our Accounting
and Finance programme is ranked seventh and tenth
in the tables respectively.
The School is home to an exciting new team who
are developing innovative solutions to the digital
economy, with experts in innovation and digital
applications working with corporations and SMEs
to address issues of agile innovation, big data
and new platforms and business models. This
work supplements our other research strengths
in organizational psychology, retail management,
banking and finance and sustainability.
Surrey Business School encourages students to
be entrepreneurial and innovative, supported
by exceptional academics, many of whom have
considerable business experience. This focus on
engagement with businesses, SMEs and national
policy-makers will be a key feature of our strategic
University of Surrey
Surrey’s students are supported by world-leading academics who inspire
them to fulfil their ambitions. Many of our students embark on the
renowned Professional Training programme before completing their
degrees and entering the world of work or further studies. Here we
showcase our students, award-winning academics and successful alumni
who are all part of the Surrey family.
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The student experience
Providing a high-quality student experience lies at the very heart of the University.
National Student Survey success
The University of Surrey has been ranked fourth for
Student Satisfaction in The Times/Sunday Times Good
University Guide 2015.
The fourth position is an average based on the
University’s performance in seven key areas of the
National Student Survey (NSS): Teaching; Assessment
& Feedback; Academic Support; Organisation
& Management; Learning Resources; Personal
Development and Overall Satisfaction.
In the 2014 NSS, the University was ranked eighth out
of 135 institutions achieving an overall satisfaction
rating of 91 per cent.
Surrey’s score increased in five of the seven key areas of
the survey compared to last year, including the highest
percentage that Surrey has achieved in Assessment
and Feedback plus gains in Learning Resources and
Academic Support. Subjects at Surrey including
Management, Law, Electronic and Electrical Engineering
and Drama achieved over 90 per cent satisfaction, with
Politics and Psychology achieving 97 per cent.
Satisfaction with the Students’ Union has increased
steadily over the past two years due to the Union’s
commitment to having a positive impact on every
Surrey student. The Union has recently moved up one
place from thirteenth to twelfth nationally and this is
a reflection of the work being put into improving the
experience provided by the Union for all students.
“We are pleased to see that students still rate their
experience at Surrey very highly. Providing a high-
quality student experience is at the very heart of the
University and we continuously strive to ensure that
every student gets the most out of their time here,” said
Professor Gill Nicholls, Vice-President and Deputy ViceChancellor Academic Affairs at the University of Surrey.
President of the Students’ Union, Maz Hussien, added,
“The NSS results are taken seriously by students. The
University’s new code of practice for assessment sets
out the University’s priorities in this area, and it is a
document used constantly by the Students’ Union.
Parallel to this, each faculty must produce an NSS action
plan which sets out improvements that must be made.”
I’d say that Surrey’s high position in the
league tables convinced me that this would
be a brilliant first option to apply for.
Isabella Cordani, Research Assistant, Surrey Baby Lab, and Ellen Pugh, placement student
Isabella Cordani
Surrey in the league tables
The NSS has helped to improve the student experience
and the consequence is that Surrey has risen up the
league tables including a leap to sixth in The Guardian
University Guide 2015. Surrey achieved eleventh place
in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
and moved up in The Complete University Guide to
twelfth in the country.
97 per cent graduate employability
In 2014, new figures from the Higher
Education Statistics Agency (HESA) revealed
that 97 per cent of Surrey’s 2013 graduates
were in work (or further education) six
months after they graduated – up 4.2 per
cent from the previous year.
Students’ Union Vice-President for Education,
Matt Sadlers, highlighted the importance of
both league table positions and graduate
employability statistics to students. He said,
“League tables and graduate employability
will, of course, have an impact on student
decision making. For example, these figures
may influence which institutions make it to
a prospective student’s list of preferences.
Students will look at the ranking of their
chosen course, entry standards expected, and
use the prospectus and online materials to
establish whether the University offers them
everything they expect.”
Isabella Cordani, student, added, “From a
student point of view, I’d say that Surrey’s
high position in the league tables convinced
me that this would be a brilliant first
option to apply for, and the fact that we
carry on rising makes me proud to go here.
Looking at the high employability of Surrey
graduates was very reassuring and further
strengthened my decision to apply here.”
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S T U D Y I N G H A R D & P R E PA R I N G F O R A P L A C E M E N T
All of the academics
provide a solid
support system.
Ashleigh Thompson
BSc (Hons) Biomedical
Surrey encourages
students to be the
best they can be.
Jennifer Jacobsen
BSc (Hons) Business
and Retail Management
Jennifer Jacobsen
Ashleigh Thompson
BSc (Hons) Business and Retail Management
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
I came to the University of Surrey from Helsinki
in Finland, after completing the International
The teaching and learning culture at Surrey has given
me a deeper interest in my field of study – and my
course has made me far more analytical of the current
environment and my surroundings. Meeting and
working with people from different backgrounds,
cultures and university courses has made me much
more curious about the world.
I chose the University of Surrey because it’s one of
the best in the UK for bioscience degrees.
especially in terms of time management, and they’ve
given me plenty of feedback and advice on my work.
Surrey encourages students to be the best they can
be, both academically and socially, and they offer you
countless opportunities to help you develop yourself
professionally (careers service, talks and fairs, company
visits, placements and so on) as well as personally, and
will actively support you every step of the way.
Working with my tutors has been fantastic – and
having a personal tutor with such a passion for
their subject has helped me to stay focused. All of
the academics provide a solid support system – I’ve
had lots of help from them since I started here,
Being taught by lecturers who are well known
in their fields is a major plus point too, and I’ve
really enjoyed the practical work. Meeting so
many different people has been a life-changing
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Studying at Surrey
has set me up for a
great career.
Sam Williams
BSc (Hons) Electronic
The best thing about
my placement was
the improvement in
my Spanish.
Daniel Littman
BSc (Hons) Business
Management and Spanish
Daniel Littman
Sam Williams
BSc (Hons) Business Management and Spanish
BSc (Hons) Electronic Engineering
My three years at Surrey have really opened my eyes
to different aspects of the world – I feel driven to
explore it even more.
Spanish and offered me mock interviews so I could
practise. The best thing about my placement was the
improvement in my Spanish.
During my four years at Surrey, I found the culture
of encouraging innovation amongst students to be
really strong.
gave me really valuable input, and collaborating
with them throughout the project was incredibly
During my third-year placement, I worked as the
Marketing and Media Manager for the Hilton
Buenavista Toldeo in Spain. I secured the job with
help from my tutors, who arranged an interview
with the company, helped me to write my CV in
The teaching at Surrey is excellent and has changed
the way I think about and approach things. I had
never studied Spanish before coming here but in the
space of three years I can speak it fluently, which is a
real credit to the dedication of my tutors.
For my final-year project, I decided to create a
mobile app for the University, including features I
would have found useful as a student. I worked with
tutors who were also passionate about mobile app
technology, and discussed my ideas with them. They
The academic staff and the teaching environment
at Surrey introduced me to new ways of thinking
during my time there. Choosing to study at Surrey
was a life-changing decision for me, and has set me
up for a great career.
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Annual Review | 2014
Inspiring academics
The University of Surrey attracts leading academics from
around the world acknowledged as experts in their own
fields. Here is just a small selection of our talented staff.
Professor Alan W. Brown
Professor Nora Kearney
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Surrey Business School
Professor of Nursing and Cancer Care, Head of the School of Health Sciences
Alan W. Brown is a software engineer and business strategist
who studies how agile delivery practices can help organisations
create better solutions faster. He is Professor of Entrepreneurship
and Innovation in the Surrey Business School where he leads
activities in the area of corporate entrepreneurship and open
innovation models. He has been instrumental in launching
the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE), a research
activity focused on exploring the impact of digital technology
on business, the economy, and society.
Professor Nora Kearney came to Surrey in January 2014 from the
School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee,
where she was Professor of Cancer Care and Dean of Research,
and the Cancer Research UK Dundee Cancer Centre where she
was Honorary Clinical Professor and led research in cancer care.
Alan has extensive industry experience in a variety of areas,
including leading business development in a Silicon Valley
Start-up, a product strategist and Distinguished Engineer at
IBM, and a research scientist at the Software Engineering
Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His latest co-authored
book addressing the challenges faced by public sector
organizations adapting to the digital economy, Digitizing
Government, is published by Palgrave MacMillan.
Universities have a strong focus on academic research,
pushing forward our understanding of how the world
works. The exciting opportunity at Surrey is how we
use that knowledge to deliver significant impact on
business and society within the rapid speed of change
in the digital era.
Professor Kearney leads and collaborates on a number of multicentre research projects in the areas of patient experience and
symptom improvement, and is a pioneer in the innovative use of
technology to provide care to people with cancer. She is leading
the EU-funded eSMART trial to remotely monitor patients
undergoing chemotherapy treatment via a mobile phone.
“I am delighted to be part of the excellent team within the
School of Health Sciences. Our vision is to deliver the most
dynamic, effective and caring healthcare professionals from
a school that places innovation, research and passion at the
heart of everything we do.”
Our vision is to deliver the most dynamic, effective
and caring healthcare professionals from a school that
places innovation, research and passion at the heart of
everything we do.
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Professor Rachel Brooks
Professor Chris Proudman
Professor of Sociology, Head of the School of Social Sciences
Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine
Professor Rachel Brooks joined the Department of Sociology
in May 2012 having previously worked for Brunel University,
the University of Southampton and the Open University. She is
co-editor of Sociological Research Online, and executive editor
of the British Journal of Sociology of Education. Her research
interests lie primarily in the sociology of education. Her recent
work has focused on the internationalisation of education –
exploring the international mobility of students for higher
education, and the international activities of UK schools.
She has also conducted research on the changing nature of
student leadership and its impact on the student experience.
She published a report on this in 2014, which was featured in
The Guardian.
Professor Chris Proudman has more than 20 years’ experience
as an equine clinician, teacher and researcher. His research
achievements include the development of a diagnostic test
for an equine intestinal parasite and studies to elucidate risk
factors for different types of intestinal disease. He has received
funding from veterinary charitable trusts and the Egyptian
government, and is a member of the Veterinary Advisory
Committee of the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
Professor Proudman has overseen the development of the
School of Veterinary Medicine which welcomed its first cohort of
BVMSci Veterinary Medicine & Science students in autumn 2014.
“I have found the University of Surrey a great place in
which to both teach and conduct research. Since I joined
the Department of Sociology in 2012, I have taught many
extremely motivated students, and developed some very
productive research collaborations.”
“The School of Veterinary Medicine is a terrifically exciting
and inspiring place to work and study. We have an innovative
curriculum, purpose-designed buildings, talented and motivated
staff recruited from around the world and we are starting to
win research funding. I have been delighted by the level of
engagement and enthusiasm shown by our first students.”
I have found the University of Surrey a great place in
which to both teach and conduct research. Since I joined
the Department of Sociology in 2012, I have taught
many extremely motivated students, and developed
some very productive research collaborations.
We have an innovative curriculum, purpose-designed
buildings, talented and motivated staff recruited from
around the world and we are starting to win research
funding. I have been delighted by the level of engagement
and enthusiasm shown by our first students.
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Our alumni
Celebrating success
Our alumni make a valuable contribution to the arts, society, international
research and industry. They include leaders in all fields, from entrepreneurs
to policymakers to CEOs and Oscar award winners. Here we profile three of
our successful alumni.
Chris Benstead
Alison Palin
Mohan Maheswaran
Professor Jim Al-Khalili
Professor Ravi Silva
Professor Alf Adams
BMus, 2004
BSc Hotel and Catering Management, 1984
BSc Electronic & Electrical Engineering, 1985
RISE Award
JJ Thomson Achievement Medal
Rank Prize
Chris graduated from the highly-regarded
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister)
course and has since achieved considerable
success in the film industry. He won an Oscar
at this year’s Academy Awards for his role as
music editor and sound re-recording mixer for
Gravity, along with the BAFTA for best sound.
Chris has collaborated with some of the bestknown directors, including Sir Ridley Scott,
Paul Greengrass and Sir Kenneth Branagh. He
has also worked on movies such as Black Swan,
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Thor.
Alison has enjoyed a successful 30 years in
the hospitality industry and was appointed
General Manager of the Waldorf Hilton in
London last year. She started her career at
Trust House Forte Hotels as front-of-house
manager, before joining Ladbroke Wembley
Plaza, which then became part of the Hilton
group. Since then Alison has worked across
numerous Hilton hotels culminating in being
General Manager of Hilton Montreal Airport,
Hilton London Kensington and Hilton Paris
Charles de Gaulle Airport.
After graduating, Mohan worked as design
engineer with STC and spent the next eight
years with different companies, including
Hewlett Packard and Texas Instruments
with whom he transferred to their Dallas
officer in 1994. He is now President and CEO
of Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier
of high-quality analog and mixed-signal
semiconductor products, which has 31
offices worldwide in 14 different countries.
The RISE awards celebrate pioneering
academics who are innovators in
engineering and science research.
Director of the Advanced Technology
Institute, (ATI) Professor Ravi Silva, has
received the Institution of Engineering
and Technology (IET) 2014 J J Thomson
Achievement Medal for his contributions
to electronics.
Professor Alf Adams was awarded the Rank
Prize for his research into the structure of
semiconductor lasers by The Rank Prize
Funds, a charitable organisation celebrating
innovators in the fields of nutrition and
Professor Silva, working within Surrey’s
Department of Electronic Engineering,
was awarded one of four annual Prestige
IET awards from one of the world’s largest
engineering institutions.
Professor Adams proposed in 1986 that the
electronic band structure of semiconductor
quantum well lasers could be significantly
improved by deliberately growing the active
region in a state of strain.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili was named one of the
ten RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists
and Engineers) leaders for 2014 by the
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
Council (EPSRC). The RISE awards honour
some of the best scientists and engineers, both
as established leaders in their field and as
future leaders in emerging fields.
To be named as one of ten leading
UK scientists and engineers is a
tremendous honour.
Being awarded the
J J Thomson Medal is
an amazing privilege.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili
Professor Ravi Silva
The infrared laser diode is at the core of CD
and DVD technology, fast broadband and
supermarket checkout scanners. This was
voted the fifth most important UK scientific
discovery of all time.
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Honorary graduates
Vice-Chancellor’s Award winners
This year, the University honoured some of its alumni, notable individuals and key
figures who have made a significant contribution within their field and to society.
The Vice Chancellor’s Awards (2013) have been presented to individuals who have contributed
to the University’s achievements.
Mr Geoff Leone
The International Committee of the Red
Cross Head of Mission for the UK. He
established the first ever relief operations
in rebel held areas of southern Sudan.
Mr Neil Chapman
President of ExxonMobil’s worldwide
chemical business, based in Houston,
Texas, with whom Neil has had a 30-year
Miss Julia Ker works as the Language Facilities
Supervisor in the School of English and Languages. She
divides her time between technical support in the school
and the Language Study Area in the Learning Centre.
The VC’s Award for Health & Safety:
Ms Judy Peters won this Award for her contribution to
Health and Safety in the Department of Chemistry and
the University. These have been in the areas of Chemical
Database and the University Chemical Amnesty.
The VC’s Award for Enterprise:
Renowned for excelling in many roles
within the private and public sectors for
over 40 years, currently a Member of the
General Council of the King’s Fund.
Mrs Amy Cannie, Sports Participation Manager
at Surrey Sports Park, manages the Sports Park’s
programme of activities which promotes healthy
living and has a commercial benefit.
One of the finest concert pianists of his
generation, Nikolai studied at the Moscow
Conservatoire. Nikolai is Visiting Professor
of piano at the University of Surrey.
Professor Dame Sally Davies
Dr Ann Prentice
Sir Richard Stilgoe
The Chief Medical Officer for England,
who holds responsibility for Research and
Development, and is the Chief Scientific
Adviser for the Department of Health.
Director of the Medical Research Council’s
Human Nutrition Research in Cambridge,
one of the leading Research Institutes on
Human Nutrition worldwide.
In the Jubilee honours list of 2012 Richard
was knighted for charitable service through
the Alchemy Foundation. He has spent over
50 years as a performer and writer.
These awards
provide a fitting
opportunity to
celebrate those
who have made
an exceptional
contribution to
the successes of
the University.
Sir William Wells
Mr Nikolai Demidenko
Dame Penelope Keith, Pro-Chancellor, Professor Dame Sally Davies and
Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor
The VC’s Award for Customer Service:
Professor Sir
Christopher Snowden
President and
The VC’s Award for Teaching Excellence:
Dr Chakravarthini Saaj is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy
Head of the Surrey Technology for Autonomous systems
and Robotics (STAR) Lab at the Surrey Space Centre.
The VC’s Award for Research:
Dr Caroline Catmur is a psychologist and neuroscientist
known for her ground-breaking work demonstrating
the ontogeny of the human mirror neuron system and
the interconnectedness between human sensorimotor
learning and functioning of mirror neurons.
Professor Jonathan Seville, Dean of the Faculty of
Engineering and Physical Sciences and Miss Zahida
Batool, PhD Researcher
The VC’s Award for Post-Graduate Research:
Miss Zahida Batool’s project focuses on developing
new semiconductors with the aim of producing high
efficiency photonic devices such as lasers, photodetectors and solar cells.
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Sports Review 2014
Sport is a defining part of many students’ experience. Here we give a few examples of sports
success in 2014 including some events hosted at our £36 million Surrey Sports Park.
The 2013/14 academic year saw Team Surrey achieve
their highest ever BUCS finish, securing 36th place
with over 1,800 students representing the University
in sport. Surrey Sports Park also played host to BUCS
Big Wednesday in March, seeing a number of national
finals held at the University.
Over 500 Surrey alumni were welcomed back to the
University in May for the first ever Grad Sport event
as a number of current clubs took on their old
teammates for a chance to lift the inaugural Grad
Sport cup.
The year also saw Surrey Sports Park (SSP) increase its
involvement with the Rugby Football Union, becoming
a training base for the England Rugby Women’s Sevens
following their win at the 2014 World Cup during
the summer. The Sports Park was also selected as a
team base for the upcoming 2015 World Cup, with the
Ireland and Italy Men’s sides confirming their training
camps at SSP.
Last year, Team Surrey saw nearly 2000
students participate in social sport.
Dan Jacobs
Vice President Sports and Recreation
It was a successful year for ‘Team Surrey Sports Park’ at
the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning a
total of nine medals in three different sports including
six shared between Surrey Smashers Badminton stars
Gabby Adcock and Chris Langridge.
Netball London Live was born in March 2014, which
saw over 3,100 fans head to the Copper Box Arena and
watch Surrey Storm defeat Hertfordshire Mavericks in
front of a record UK domestic netball crowd.
Dan Jacobs, Vice-President Sports and Recreation, celebrates a successful year for sports
participation at Surrey.
“Last year, Team Surrey saw nearly 2,000 students
participate in social sport, specifically within our ‘Play
Sport’ programmes designed for students who want
to give sport a go in a fun, friendly, approachable
environment. The programme has gone from strength
to strength, with the number of sports available
continuing to grow.”
He added: “Team Surrey had a strong volunteering
and community presence, with over 300 students
getting involved. Events such as BUCS Big Wednesday
and Netball London Live were fantastic opportunities
for students to give back to the community. 2014/15
is looking to be a record breaking year for students
engaging in social sport.”
Surrey Storm vs
Lightning, Saturday
22 February 2014.
Surrey Storm (black
kit with blue trim)
won 60 – 40
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We continue to build on the foundations made by individuals and
groups who work together to make Surrey a top ten university. Our
projects are diverse and varied ranging from sustainability on campus
to the exciting launch of our Veterinary School of Medicine and new
partnership with the National Physical Laboratory.
Artist’s impression of the School of Veterinary Medicine’s large animal clinical
skills building
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Past, present & future
New School of
Veterinary Medicine
Surrey partners with
National Physical Laboratory
In autumn 2014, the University of Surrey welcomed its first cohort
of undergraduate Veterinary Medicine & Science students.
Collaboration between the University of Surrey, the University of Strathclyde and the National Physical Laboratory will strengthen
measurement science and create a new Postgraduate Institute.
The Supervet at Surrey
Noel Fitzpatrick, Professor of Orthopaedics
Our new School of Veterinary Medicine is
currently under construction on the Manor
Park campus. The £45m building project –
comprising an Academic Building and Small
Animal Clinical Skills Centre, a Veterinary
Pathology Centre, plus a Large Animal
Clinical Skills Centre, began in early 2014,
and the complex will be complete in late
summer 2015.
With an aim to develop veterinary
professionals who fully understand and
can positively exploit the complementary
relationship between research and clinical
skills, our diverse Veterinary Medicine and
Science (BVMSci) programme is delivered
in partnership with veterinary practices and
world-leading veterinary research institutes.
This will give students the opportunity for
real world, hands-on practical, clinical and
research training from the start of their
degree, as well as an awareness of the wide
range of career opportunities available to
veterinary scientists.
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, known
as the Bionic Vet for his work in
developing cutting-edge prosthetic
limbs, has worked closely with the
University on the development of the
School of Veterinary Medicine, and
is a key member of teaching staff,
passionate about the cross-pollination
of ideas and philosophies between
veterinary and human medicine.
I look forward to watching our
students develop into a new
kind of veterinary professional
with a strong sense of purpose
and identity, and a passion for
their role in protecting animal
and human health.
Artist’s impression of the new School of Veterinary Medicine, Manor Park campus
Noel founded Fitzpatrick Referrals
in 2005 and his latest TV Series,
The Supervet, was broadcast in
autumn 2014. He has been awarded
an Honorary Doctorate for his
contribution to medical science.
the international system of measurement
units and support national and international
scientific challenges. NPL’s measurements
help to save lives, protect the environment
and enable citizens to feel safe and secure,
as well as supporting international trade,
companies and innovation.
An important focus of the partnership will
be the establishment of a new Postgraduate
Institute which will train high-calibre
PhD students and provide a pipeline
of professionals skilled in the area of
measurement science. In addition, a series
of regional NPL hubs will be created to
disseminate and build on expertise, and
meet local business needs.
National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington
The University of Surrey, along with
the University of Strathclyde, has been
selected to enter into a partnership with the
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
(BIS) to lead the world-renowned National
Physical Laboratory (NPL), a global centre of
excellence in measurement science.
NPL is the UK’s National Measurement
Institute and has developed and maintained
the nation’s primary measurement
standards for more than a century. It
maintains a wide portfolio of internationally
competitive research programmes that
advance measurement science, underpin
Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President
and Vice-Chancellor for the University of
Surrey, said, “This strategic partnership will
draw on the partners’ combined expertise
[… and] NPL’s focus on scientific excellence
and industrial impact perfectly complements
Surrey’s world-class research in the key
areas of electronics, communications,
physics, health, medicine and space science.
By expanding the partnership’s research
community and capabilities, we are confident
that the effects will not only be felt by industry
across the UK, but also internationally.”
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Past, present & future
Sustainability on campus
A life remembered —
Professor Anthony Kelly
At Surrey, we take sustainability seriously and continue to invest in projects
ranging from a new campus garden to energy saving initiatives.
In June 2014, we were saddened to hear of the death of Professor Anthony Kelly,
a former University of Surrey Vice-Chancellor from 1975–1994.
was a strong advocate of the Professional
Training year which has made a major
contribution to Surrey’s consistently high
graduate employment record. Professor
Kelly continued to make a major impact
on his own discipline. He was elected to
the Fellowship of Engineering (now the
Royal Academy of Engineering) in 1979,
to the National Academy of Engineering
of the USA in 1986 and to the Academia
Europaea in 1990. He is regarded by many
as the ‘father of the composite materials’
and received the President’s Award of the
Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011
in recognition of a lifetime of significant
achievement throughout a career spanning
more than sixty years.
From left to right: Charles Gray, Surrey Garden Society President, Emily James, Surrey
Garden Society Vice-President, Victoria Johnsen, Environmental & Cultural Change
Manager, Matthew Arnold, Carbon Manager
The creation of the University Campus
Garden has been a milestone for 2014. A
large fruit and vegetable garden, funded by a
donation from the University Annual Fund,
has been developed on the Stag Hill campus.
The Surrey Garden Society, formed to run the
project in June 2014, has become the fastest
growing club in the Students’ Union. There
has been a huge amount of enthusiasm for
this project and this time next year we should
see the results in the shape of the first harvest.
Surrey’s work on reducing our waste and
increasing recycling has also continued.
In particular, we have developed our
strong partnership with the British Heart
Foundation. For the first year, the University
and BHF partnered with Guildford Borough
Council to extend the end of year donation
campaign off campus. Our staff and students
donated over 9,000 charity bags, estimated to
have raised £192,000 to help fund the BHF’s
life-saving work.
The University has continued to invest in
improvements across campus, investing
nearly £500,000 on lighting upgrades
across five academic buildings, saving over
£100,000 in energy costs and 435 tonnes of
CO2 each year. This work has gone hand in
hand with a new series of communication
and behaviour change programmes aimed
at reducing energy consumption by both
staff and students. The NUS Green Impact
Awards scheme for staff and the Student
Switch Off programme for students living
on campus, were both run for the first time
in 2013 and were so successful that Surrey
has committed to running them again in
All of these projects and many more are
compiled in the University’s ongoing
work on the EcoCampus Environmental
Management System. Surrey achieved
the Silver phase award in July 2013 and
is currently working towards the Gold
award accreditation, aiming to achieve the
Platinum Award by 2016.
Professor Anthony Kelly first conceived of
the idea for the Surrey Research Park during
a sabbatical term in Switzerland in 1979
and a small group (including in particular
Jerry Leonard, University Treasurer and
Leonard Kail, University Secretary) took the
development forward by forming a Board,
recruiting a member of academic staff who
then created the team to develop what the
Park is today. Professor Kelly recognised
the importance for Surrey of developing its
own endowments to support it because he
realised how vulnerable Surrey would be if
government funding for Higher Education
continued to be reduced.
During the tenure of Professor Kelly’s
vice-chancellorship from 1975–1994, the
number of full time students at Surrey
increased from 3,000 to 7,000 with a
significant increase in the proportion of
postgraduate students. Professor Kelly
Professor Kelly died peacefully in his sleep
at home on 4 June 2014.
We are also sad to report the passing
away of the following colleagues and
friends in 2014:
Professor John Hay; Dr Nina Veniaminovna
Hilsdon; Sir Diarmuid Downs CBE FREng FRS;
James (Jim) Moore; William (John) Malcolm
Salter; Dr Leo Schenker; Glyn Davies.
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Financial review
Continuing progress towards
longer term goals
The University achieved a surplus of £4.1m in 2013/14, said Chief Financial Officer, David Sharkey.
2013/14 consolidated income
showing percentage change from 2012/13
● Funding council grants
● UK/EU undergraduate/postgraduate tuition fees
● Non-EU tuition fees
● NHS/Other tuition fees
● Research income
● Other income
● Research Park/investments
Total income
He explained, “This reflected a £0.9m increase on
the previous financial year in a period of further
strategic investment and in a challenging operating
“The University has made significant investments
in quality in recent years; through higher entry
tariffs, additional academic staff and a new School of
Veterinary Medicine. Whilst delivering longer term
benefit, these strategic investments have put pressure
on the level of surplus in the short term.”
He added, “The continuing freeze of the £9,000 fee cap
for Home/EU undergraduates reflects a real terms cut
in income at a time of raised student expectations. The
University continues to seek opportunities to improve
efficiency in order to release funds to further enhance
the quality of both the academic and non-academic
student experience.”
He continued, “In terms of capital investment, 2013/14
saw the start of construction of the new £10m 5G
Innovation Centre building and the £45m Vet School.
Both schemes are on track and on budget with with the
2013/14 consolidated expenditure
showing percentage change from 2012/13
The University has made significant
investments in quality in recent years; through
higher entry tariffs, additional academic staff
and a new School of Veterinary Medicine.
● Other operating expenses
● Depreciation & interest
● Staff costs
Total expenditure
Other items*
David Sharkey
Chief Financial Officer
former due to open in spring 2015 and the latter in time
for the start of the 2015/16 academic year.”
Total expenditure and other items
*Other items comprise taxation and transfers from endowments
Movement in consolidated net assets 2013/14
Consolidated net assets at 31 July 2013
Mr Sharkey concluded, “All universities face further
uncertainties over the funding of higher education
after the 2015 General Election. However, the revenue
and capital investments we are making strengthen
the University’s ability to face the challenges and to
achieve its strategic goals to be a leading national
and international university, delivering excellence in
learning and teaching, and in research.”
Surplus for the year
Actuarial lossess on pension schemes
Investment property revaluation
Other movements
Consolidated net assets at 31 July 2014
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
Financial review
Summary consolidated income and expenditure account
for the year ended 31 July 2014
2013/14 (£m)
2012/13 (£m)
Surplus before taxation
Taxation and transfers from endowments
Exceptional item – surplus on disposal of building
Retained surplus for the year
2013/14 (£m)
2012/13 (£m)
Endowment asset investments
Current assets
Total income
The summarised financial statements comprise the consolidated results of the University (including its Foundation Fund)
and its subsidiary companies, notably Surrey Sports Park Limited.
Income and expenditure
Consolidated results
The University achieved a consolidated surplus for 2013/14 of £4.1m.
This represented a £0.9m increase on the previous financial year.
Consolidated income rose by £5.4m (2.5%) to £219.1m.
Core University activities
The University’s core activities include the activities of Surrey Sports
Park Limited. They exclude the activities of the Surrey Research Park.
In the past two years the University has invested heavily in the quality
of its students, in academic staffing and in its new School of Veterinary
Medicine. As expected, these strategic investments have put short term
pressure on the net surplus and the University returned a deficit on its
core activities in 2013/14 of £0.7m (2012/13: £2.1m deficit).
Total income from core activities grew by £5.2m (2.6%) to £209.4m.
The further shift of funding from the State to students under the new
undergraduate funding regime gave rise to a £5.4m (13.4%) fall in
Funding Council Grants to £34.8m. This was more than offset by an
increase of £9.4m (38.0%) in income from Home/EU Undergraduates to
£34.1m, reflecting not only the second year of the £9,000 fee, but also
the significant increase in the 2013/14 student intake.
Despite this £9.4m rise in income from Home/EU undergraduates, total
fee income rose by a more modest £4.5m (4.8%) to £97.0m. This reflected
the challenges which Surrey, like many other universities, is facing in the
postgraduate recruitment markets (both in the UK and overseas).
Research income grew by £0.8m (2.7%) to £29.6m.
Expenditure on core activities increased by £2.7m (1.3%) to £210.4m.
Staff costs (excluding restructuring costs) rose by £5.4m (4.7%) to
£120.7m due to the investment in academic staff described above.
Foundation Fund
The Surrey Research Park, which is the Foundation Fund’s main
asset, continues to provide a useful source of independent income.
Foundation Fund income for the year totalled £9.7m (2012/13: £9.5m).
The surplus (before the sale of land to a subsidiary company) was
£4.8m (2012/13: £5.2m).
Total expenditure
Summary consolidated balance sheet
as at 31 July 2014
Fixed assets
Balance sheet
Creditors: amounts falling due within one year
Consolidated net assets rose in 2013/14 by £4.3m (2.2%) to £202.5m,
with the upward revaluation of the Research Park largely offset by
pension fund actuarial losses and other downward movements.
Total assets less current liabilities
The value of completed investment properties on the Research Park
rose by £12.0m to £91.2m – the highest carrying value of the Park since
its peak of £101.4m in 2007.
Pension liability
Total net assets
Deferred capital grants
Pension fund actuarial losses of £8.5m were mainly the result of a fall
in the net discount rate which is used to calculate the liabilities. The
overall increase in the balance sheet pension liability was £7.9m.
Creditors: amounts falling due after more than one year
Provisions for liabilities and charges
Total funds
Cash plus short term investments increased in the year by £31.4m to
£74.4m. This rise was driven largely by the receipt of £34.0m of loan
drawdowns and HEFCE capital grants in advance of spend.
Offset against this £74.4m of available cash were borrowings of £178.8m,
giving net debt at 31 July 2014 of £104.4m. This represented a £2.5m fall
in net debt in the year, with net debt representing 51.5% of total funds at
31 July 2014 compared with 53.9% at the start of the financial year.
Capital investment
Additions to tangible fixed assets in the year totalled £27.4m (2012/13:
The last twelve months have seen further investment as the
University continues to progress towards its strategic goals.
Whilst the net surplus remains under pressure in the short term,
the University has a clear strategy taking it through to 2020 and
beyond, building on its successes and investments to ensure its
financial sustainability.
2013/14 saw the start of construction of the £10m 5G Innovation
Centre building and the £45m Vet School. 2013/14 expenditure on
these schemes amounted to £2.6m and £6.7m respectively.
University of Surrey
Annual Review | 2014
We have examined the summarised financial statements of the University
of Surrey for the year ended 31 July 2014 which comprise the summary
consolidated income and expenditure account and the summary
consolidated balance sheet, which are set out on page 87 of the University’s
Annual Review (‘Annual Review’). The summarised financial statements
have been prepared by the University Council for the purpose of inclusion in
the Annual Review, as explained in the note.
This statement is made, in accordance with our engagement letter dated 21
November 2011, solely to the University, in order to meet the requirements
of paragraph 36 of the Statement of Recommended Practice: Accounting
for Further and Higher Education (2007). Our work has been undertaken
so that we might state to the University those matters we have agreed
to state to it in such a statement and for no other purpose. To the fullest
extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to
anyone other than the University for our work, for this statement, or for the
opinions we have formed.
Respective responsibilities of the University Council and auditor
The Council has accepted responsibility for the preparation of the
summarised financial statements in accordance with paragraphs 29 to 35
of the Statement of Recommended Practice: Accounting for Further and
Higher Education (2007). Our responsibility is to report to the University our
opinion on the consistency of the summarised financial statements on page
87 within the Annual Review with the full financial statements.
We also read the other information contained within the Annual Review
and consider the implications for our report if we become aware of any
apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the summarised
financial statements.
Basis of opinion
We conducted our work having regard to Bulletin 2008/3 ‘The auditor’s
statement on the summary financial statement’ issued by the Auditing
Practices Board. Our separate report on the University’s full financial
statements for the year ended 31 July 2014 describes the basis of our
statutory audit opinion on those financial statements.
In our opinion, the summarised financial statements set out on page 87
are consistent with the full financial statements for the year ended
31 July 2014.
Chris Wilson
For and on behalf of KPMG LLP, Statutory Auditor
Chartered Accountants
1 Forest Gate, Brighton Road
RH11 9PT
28 November 2014
Every effort has been made to ensure the
accuracy of the information contained in
this publication at the time of going to press
(December 2014). The University reserves
the right, however, to introduce changes to
the information given.
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The summarised financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2014,
which comprise the summary consolidated income and expenditure account
and the summary consolidated balance sheet, have been prepared by
the Council of the University of Surrey for the purpose of inclusion in this
Annual Review. The summarised financial statements are an extract of the
full financial statements on which the auditor issued an unqualified opinion.
The full financial statements were approved by the University Council on
20 November 2014.
Professor Sir Christopher M. Snowden FRS FREng
President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr Jim Glover
Chair of Council
The full audited financial statements and independent external auditor’s
report can be obtained from the Chief Financial Officer, University of Surrey,
Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH.
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