Collecting StrandUniversity Archive Collections
LevelCollection
Ref NoUS
TitleRecords of the University of Surrey
Date1966-present
Extent205 boxes of catalogued material
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey (1966-present)
DescriptionThe archive included minutes of Council, Senate and their Committees; annual reports; building and accommodation papers and plans; and records of academic departments.

Work is currently underway to catalogue the archives of Battersea Polytechnic and the University of Surrey. Whilst this is happening, catalogue records for Battersea Polytechnic can be found in both the University Archives catalogue (ref: UA) and the Battersea Polytechnic catalogue (ref: BA) and the 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 archives@surrey.ac.uk.

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.
Administrative HistoryThe University of Surrey was established on 9th September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, moving from Battersea to Guildford.

Building began on the site adjacent to Guildford Cathedral and the University of Surrey started the move to its new premises in 1968. The Battersea site was completely vacated by 1970.

In 1998 in recognition of the long standing relationship between the University of Surrey and the Roehampton Institute, London, the two institutions decided to form an academic federation. This unique partnership was approved by the Privy Council in 1999 and the Federal University comprised the University of Surrey, Guildford and the University of Surrey, Roehampton. On 1st August 2004 Roehampton became a University in its own right as Roehampton University but the two Universities continue to support collaborative activities.
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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