Collecting StrandUniversity Archive Collections
Ref NoUS
TitleRecords of the University of Surrey
Extent205 boxes of catalogued material
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey (1966-present)
DescriptionThe archive of the University of Surrey constitutes the principal historic and corporate record of the University, including its constituent academic departments and professional service units.

Records contained within the archive include:
- records relating to the governance of the University, including the minutes and papers of University Council, University Senate and their respective subcommittees;
- records relating to the University estate, including material relating to the development of the Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses;
- records relating to University administration and student support;
- records relating to academic departments and research centres;
- records relating to the officers, staff and students of the University.

The archive also includes:
- key publication series, including published annual reports for the University, newsletters and prospectuses;
- historic photographs of the University of Surrey;
- published histories and reference material on the history of the University.

Work is currently underway to catalogue the archives of Battersea Polytechnic and the University of Surrey. Whilst this is happening, catalogue records for the University of Surrey can be found in both the University Archives catalogue (ref: UA) and the University of Surrey catalogue (ref: US). In addition, there is a quantity of material still to be catalogued. Catalogue records will become available as they are completed. If you require further information, please email

Please note: the extent field refers to material within this catalogue and does not include University of Surrey material which has been catalogued in the University Archives (ref UA) catalogue.
ArrangementMaterial has been arranged according to function. The original order and exact origin of these records is, in most cases, unknown. Previous catalogue structures made use of thematic and subject based classifications: these have now been dismantled, with the reference numbers recorded as alternative references where relevant in order to enable continued identification of material.
Administrative HistoryThe University of Surrey is a research-led public university based in Guildford, Surrey. It delivers undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree programmes across a wide range of academic disciplines and subject areas.

The University was established on 9 September 1966, with the grant of a Royal Charter to its predecessor body Battersea College of Technology, then based in south London. Building began on a site adjacent to Guildford Cathedral and the University of Surrey started the move to its new premises, known as Stag Hill campus, in 1968. The Battersea site was completely vacated by 1970.

In 1985 the University opened the Surrey Research Park, building on the University's existing links with industry to create a setting in which businesses could collaborate with University academics and researchers on commercial ventures. The Research Park continues to be owned and operated by the University.

Between 2000 and 2004 the University of Surrey was in a partnership with the Roehampton Institute, now the University of Roehampton. During this period the University operated as a federal institution, comprised of the University of Surrey, Guildford and the University of Surrey, Roehampton.

In the 2000s a new campus, Manor Park Campus, was developed on land at Manor Farm, adjacent to the Surrey Research Park and the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

In 2009, the University completed a merger agreement with the Guildford School of Acting, with the School relocating to premises on Stag Hill Campus.
Related MaterialSee also the following, held by the University of Surrey:
- University of Surrey records catalogued in the University Archives catalogue, archive ref UA
- Records of Battersea Polytechnic and Battersea College of Advanced Technology, catalogued in the Battersea Polytechnic catalogue, archive ref BA, and the University Archives catalogue, archive ref UA.
- Material given to the archives by former staff and students is held in the University of Surrey and Battersea Polytechnic alumni collections, archive ref ASD.
- The Remembering Battersea Oral History Project, archive ref RMB, comprises interviews with Battersea alumni focussing on memories of life at Battersea Polytechnic and Battersea College of Technology, and the early years of the University of Surrey.
- Records of the University of Surrey Students' Union, archive ref SU.
Custodial HistoryGenerated and retained in situ by the University and its predecessors. During the period 1966-2004 records from the formation of the University of Surrey onwards were added at irregular intervals to those transferred and collected from Battersea Polytechnic and College of Technology. Their original order and exact origin is in most cases unknown and they have therefore been arranged artificially according to function.
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