Celebrations are taking place all year to highlight Surrey University’s role in the local community.
The Celebrate Surrey programme of events has been organised in an aim to recognise and highlight the role of the Guildford-based university and its new Surrey Sports Park facility.
Public events are taking place throughout 2012 and include public lectures and arts performances, Olympic-themed masterclasses, sporting fixtures and competitions.
Highlights will include a year long celebration of the arts including dance and music performances, plays, musicals, films screenings and poetry readings; the iFestival (International Festival), a two-week celebration of culture and diversity on the university campus; Surrey Youth Games at the Surrey Sports Park; Alan Turing Centenary Celebrations; Science Circus; and participation in local celebrations for the UK Olympic torch relay.
Paul Blanchard, chief executive at Surrey Sports Park, said: “Celebrate Surrey aims to build and strengthen awareness among local, national and international audiences about our contribution to intellectual life, the arts, sport and well-being at a variety of levels.
“The University of Surrey is a world-class provider of learning, teaching and research, and our state-of-the-art Surrey Sports Park is a training camp for a number of Olympic teams and athletes.
“We hope that our programme of lively events will provide food for thought and entertainment during this important year.”
A spokesperson for the university added: “The university aims to benefit society and humanity through our teaching and research programmes, our students and staff and our relationships with industry, business and our local community.”