The celebration marks academic excellence and highlights historic achievements

External view of Surrey ISC

On 9 September 1966 the Queen granted a Royal Charter, establishing the University of Surrey. Construction for the new campus began shortly after on a site close to Guildford town centre. And in 1968, students began to arrive on the new University campus for the first time.

The University of Surrey has continued a strong history of research in the sciences. In 1971, the University appointed the UK’s first female Professor of Physics, Daphne Jackson. And in 1981, the University launched its first small satellite, UoSAT-1, with the help of NASA. The University of Surrey was also awarded its third Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011, for research into provision of safe water and sanitation.

The University of Surrey ranks in the top 10 by all major league tables. In 2015 The Times and The Sunday Times awarded University of the Year 2016 to the University of Surrey.

This year, the University of Surrey celebrates 50 years of excellence. With events in Guildford and worldwide the University of Surrey invites staff, students, alumni, and the local community to celebrate this special anniversary.

Celebrations begin 22 October with the 50th Anniversary Celebratory Procession. The procession marks 50 years to the day since the installation ceremony of the inaugural Chancellor. Family-friendly activities will be happening along Guildford High Street all afternoon. Expect entertainment from student societies, the “Spot the Stag” treasure hunt competition and giveaways.

The procession begins at St Mary’s Church at 10:30, traveling up Guildford High Street. Bring your blue and gold flags to cheer on our students and staff. The 50th Anniversary Celebratory Procession marks the start of an exciting programme of events happening throughout the year.

Events will include alumni receptions happening worldwide and the Wonder Festival in May. The University has created a special anniversary website, including an interactive timeline and event programme.

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