Innovation for Health launched by University of Surrey

The University of Surrey has launched a new academic programme, aimed to help change the delivery of healthcare in the UK.

Innovation for Health is an academic programme which combines teaching and research to help train the next generation of graduates in the schools of health and engineering sciences.

The course coincides with the University’s strong catalogue of health-related engineering programmes. Complementing Innovation for Health is five new undergraduate courses that the University of Surrey has developed. The courses include Data Science for Health, Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare, Medical Engineering, Biomedicine (Electronic Engineering) and Biomedicine (Data Science).

Courses will be taught in the new £12.5 million “Innovation for Health’ building, which is being opened today by Sir Mark Walport, chief scientific adviser to the UK government. The new facility aims to enable students from engineering, biomedical and health sciences to learn alongside each other.

The University of Surrey has also developed a Learning Laboratory to help students prepare for the changing healthcare landscape, which is being affected by advancing technologies.

Professor Max Lu, president and vice chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “The Innovation for Health programme is another example of the University’s ambition to drive innovation for the benefit of our society. In addition to providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration to develop integrated solutions for future healthcare, this programme will also equip our students with the skills and cutting-edge technology, so that they will not only be job ready but also will be able to lead change in their profession.  The research projects that will take place in this new facility will lead to innovative devices and therapies to improve people’s lives.”

About the opening of the building, Sir Mark Walport, chief scientific adviser to the UK government said: “I am delighted to be here for the launch of The Innovation for Health programme and for the opening of this splendid new facility here at the University of Surrey. Dealing with the well-known challenges of health systems in an affordable way is a crucial central health innovation mission of the future.”


Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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