|UNIVERSITY OF SURREY - UK
The University has over fifteen thousand students and over four hundred research active academic staff, operating in partnership with industry, commerce and the professions, as well as other institutions to the benefit of a global Community.
Currently, the University is involved in more than 80 projects of the 7th Framework Program and co-ordinates a large number of them. The University has excellent research groups across all sectors. A key strength is the industrial collaboration that the University has established over the years. Surrey continues to be a strong advocate of multidisciplinary research with research centres embedded within the research structures bringing together academics from different fields. Such initiatives have helped Surrey to be strongly internationally networked, and to establish world class laboratories and institutes which attract prestigious international visitors.
Surrey has had the best graduate employment record of all UK universities for over a decade, and as such represents the University’s most successful knowledge transfer agent. The University maintains those original community links, with one of the first and now most successful and profitable UK university science park developments, contributing 1.5 Billion Euro per annum to the regional economy through its knowledge transfer and enterprise activities and, in collaboration with four other universities, an innovation centre on the park, providing valuable support for new start SMEs. In terms or research income Surrey ranks in the top of all UK universities, with EU support making up a considerable contribution to the total awarded.
Within the University, the Faculty of Management and Law has more than 100 staff, who cover a range of research areas in management, including finance, health care, tourism and hospitality, international business, operations management, marketing, human resources and retailing. The Law School’s research areas include environmental law, European law, and international law. Of particular relevance is the work of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group, which focuses especially on the areas of climate change, environmental and public health, natural resources, and water. Professor Williams is a member of the Tourism Group, which is ranked first in the UK in all league tables for teaching and research in this area, and amongst the top give globally, as well as holding UNWTO TedQual certification. Since 2000, the group has attracted more than Euro 1.5 million in funding in the field of tourism, from the European Union (EU), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the UNWTO, ITCA, the Leverhulme Foundation, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).