Research at the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

Find us on our Brackenhurst Campus in Southwell, a historic and stylish market town some 14 miles from the centre of Nottingham. With its 200 hectares of woodland, wetland, farm and grasslands, it's an outdoor classroom for fieldwork and research – literally a breath of fresh air.


Brackenhurst is the place where Mother nature meets first-class research facilities. We're committed to providing a hands-on learning experience with specialist units for veterinary nursing, animal and equestrian studies, environmental conservation and food technology.

We have invested £20 million over the past few years, creating the outstanding modern facilities that Brackenhurst is renowned for, including:

  • Modern laboratories (used for food, chemistry, microbiology and general)
  • IT suites
  • A energy-efficient eco-library that uses the latest low-carbon technology
  • The Mary King Riding Area and Equestrian Centre which is complete with indoor and outdoor riding. The centre also hosts research arenas and stabling for 65 horses
  • A dedicated animal care unit which is home to a wide variety of animals, production species as well as reptiles, birds and fish
  • Environment Centre which provides first-class facilities for learning and research
  • Modern glasshouses

All the students based at Brackenhurst have access to facilities at our City and Clifton Campuses.

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Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences Research Overview


Research in the School of ARES is united by the theme of sustainability but covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. We have a strong emphasis on end-user engagement but we also aspire for excellence through international and interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster a research environment that rewards innovation and the generation of new ideas. Currently, our research is focused around four core themes:

To find out more about our opportunities for research degrees, visit the NTU Doctoral School page where you will be able to find out more information regarding our MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorates.

Our mission is to deliver professional qualifications which will help enhance your career, earning potential and to generate high-impact research which can then create opportunities and enrich society.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries, please contact:

Richard Yarnell - Associate Professor

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