Join the Chambers Members Area Member Discounts

Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

sbs Tel: 01483 686300Web:

About Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

A UK top 10 Business School on your door step
Ranked in the top 10 in the UK by the Guardian and Complete University Guide, we welcome more than two thousand bright and dedicated students onto our degree and executive education programmes each year. Our alumni hold senior positions across the globe creating a valuable network of knowledge and experience.

An MBA that’s fit for business
We offer a one year full time MBA and a part time Executive MBA taught at weekends over two years.
Whether you are looking to gain an advantage in the jobs market, forge your own path in business or develop a network of contacts to last you a lifetime, you undoubtedly have great expectations of an MBA programme. Our exceptional academics and connections to industry leaders will challenge you to exceed those expectations.

The Surrey MBA gives you key business leadership skills, entrepreneurial and intra-preneurial skills, insight into the latest practices, mentoring, live business projects, contacts that last a lifetime and personal and career development.

You can find out more about the Surrey MBA and book your place on an open day or taster session at Or why not take a look at the Surrey Chamber of Commerce events programme and join us for The One Hour MBA.

Working with business – research, consultancy and executive education
We offer bespoke executive education based on our teaching and research strengths. Recent programmes include Business in the Digital Economy, Employing and Working with Generation Y, and Sales Innovation.

Our programme of events and seminars, many delivered with Surrey Chamber of Commerce, aim to share the latest insight from our research, develop personal and business skills and offer a lively and relevant networking opportunity.

We offer research and expert services to provide insight and solutions to immediate problems or to help you to uncover future opportunities. We can connect your organisation with specialised academic expertise in areas you may not hold in-house or to help you to deliver specific goals.

Working with our students – business ready interns and graduates
We offer a one year professional training placement to all our undergraduate students and many of our postgraduate students take up internships and short placements during their time with us. Some recruiters regard these as long term job interviews whilst others value the opportunity to bring fresh thinking into their business for a fixed period.

Business speakers are welcomed into the classroom on all of our degree programmes and work with our teaching staff to bring theory to life and share their experience and expertise.

We also have a growing network of mentors who work with our students to help them to focus on and achieve their goals. Our mentors have a wide range of backgrounds and include senior executives, business owners, serial entrepreneurs and senior specialists in a wide range of business disciplines.

Our MBA and EMBA students deliver a number of free consultancy projects for Surrey based businesses each year. Past projects have included developing marketing strategies for new products, export plans, modelling for restructures and business development plans. Businesses they have worked with come from a wide range of sectors including pharmaceutical and healthcare, gaming and technology, retail and the public sector.

Our 96.8% employability rate reflects the high number of students that are in graduate level employment straight after graduation with many being hired by local, national and international businesses during their final year of study.

Get in touch
To find out more or discuss your needs please contact Abi Bradbeer, External Liaison Manager, Email:
Phone: 01483 688621

Surrey Business School, University of Surrey News

New Vice-Chancellor joins Surrey University

World-renowned academic and engineer, Professor G.Q. Max Lu, has taken up post as the fifth President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Surrey, following the departure of Professor Sir Christopher Snowden at the end of last year. Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Kearney, will take up the role of Provost.

Prof Max Lu 640x340


  • Preeminent academic, Professor G.Q. Max Lu, has taken up the post of the fifth President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Surrey
  • Recognised as one of Australia’s most influential engineers, Professor Lu joins as a Thomson Reuters double highly cited academic, bringing expertise in chemical engineering and nanotechnology
  • New Vice-Chancellor plans to build upon the University’s strengths in research and learning to support the next phase of growth and vision of Surrey as a leading international university.

Professor Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Surrey, commented: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead such an exceptional organisation. The momentum behind Surrey is palpable, so I am looking forward to working with staff and students to grow the University’s reputation as a truly international institution.

“Although the University of Surrey has earned its place as one of the top higher education establishments in the UK, there is huge scope to develop our reputation on a global scale. World-leading research and initiatives such as our 5G Innovation Centre have enhanced the reputation of the University, however there is considerable potential to maximise international research collaborations and partnerships.”

Dr Jim Glover, Chair of the University of Surrey’s Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Lu to the University of Surrey as our fifth President and Vice-Chancellor. He has an outstanding reputation, not only for his deep expertise in engineering, but also for his excellent leadership skills and extensive network of collaborators.   His international outlook and commitment to delivering both world-class research and a superior student experience will be pivotal in developing the University’s international reputation.

“The whole University community looks forward to working closely with the new Vice-Chancellor over the coming weeks to help Surrey achieve its vision of becoming a leading international university.”

Professor Lu joins after more than 20 years in senior roles at the University of Queensland, where he most recently held the position of Provost and Senior Vice-President. Named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers, Professor Lu is one of only 150 double highly cited academics in the world, with over 500 peer-reviewed articles published in top journals, attracting more than 36,000 citations.

He has made seminal contributions to science and innovation in nanomaterials and their applications in clean energy and environmental technologies and is the co-inventor of more than 20 international patents. Professor Lu has numerous prestigious awards to his name, having been presented with the China International Science and Technology Award, Queensland Greats Award and the International Mesostructured Materials Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

He has served on multiple high level Australian government committees and advisory boards, including those under the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and ARC College of Experts. He is also a Member of the 4th State Council of China Overseas Chinese Expert Consultative Committee.

Professor Max Lu’s appointment follows a strong year for the University of Surrey, having been named University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times and achieved a top ten ranking in all three major national university league tables. It also follows the launch of its world-leading 5G Innovation Centre and School of Veterinary Medicine, which was recently opened by HM The Queen.

– See more at:



Presidential Approach to Business

The University of Surrey’s Business School has just appointed a President to its MBA programme in a move that’s all about strengthening the opportunities for MBA students to connect with and learn from businesses.

Bill Payne, newly appointed MBA President, former Vice President of IBM and visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, is passionate about the opportunities his role is bringing. “Surrey has a unique position geographically, commercially socially and politically in the UK and I’ve watched the University become a hub of academic and enterprise excellence for many years. It’s developed into a world class centre that demonstrates the values of tight integration between education and the world of business. I’ve enjoyed an international career, having lived and worked in Asia, America and Europe, and bring that global perspective to the programme. I’m a Non Exec Director and Venture Capital partner in the City giving me a wealth of experience and industry contacts to share with the Surrey MBA.”

Bill, along with MBA Director Dr Alf Crossman and Deputy Head of Surrey Business School, Dr Andy Adcroft, is currently refreshing the Surrey MBA’s enterprise content. Executives from industry will be integrated into the programme, co-teaching alongside the School’s academic staff. A mentoring scheme for MBA students is already well established and a new wave of executive mentors will be matched with students this autumn. The opportunities for students to engage in practical business activities is expanding with a strong emphasis on making sure students are prepared for the digital economy and are ready to launch businesses or take up roles in the tech sector.

As Dr Crossman explains, “Whilst we’re rolling out a lot of these developments for students from this autumn, a new curriculum will be published later this year ready for students joining us in 2015. The refreshed Surrey MBA will integrate new business practices and forward management thinking with the traditional core elements of an MBA and establish deeper work challenges and industry connections for the students.”

If you would like to find out more about the Surrey MBA visit