Welcome to the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
We are committed to the education, research and innovation needed to build a sustainable future.
Now more than ever, our planet is facing some tough challenges. With a growing population putting inevitable pressure on the Earth’s resources, plotting the path to a sustainable future has never been more vital. We’re committed to developing staff and students who can make a meaningful difference.
We undertake teaching and research in a range of land-based disciplines at NTU’s dedicated Brackenhurst Campus. This campus has a proud professional heritage, having delivered courses in these subject areas for over 70 years. Today we’re firmly focused on developing graduates with 21st century skills, scientific knowledge and experience.
Our high-impact research is focused around four core themes: the natural environment; ecology and conservation; sustainable agriculture and food security; and animal behaviour, performance and welfare. We aspire for excellence through international and interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster a research environment that rewards innovation. Our research is recognised both nationally and internationally, often informing professional practice across the sector.
We’re a small and friendly School, and pride ourselves on the diligence and enthusiasm of our teaching and support teams. Our staff have a genuine passion for their subjects and are active researchers or practitioners, committed to helping students realise their ambitions.
Come and join us, and be part of our exciting and vibrant community.
Scientists monitor meerkats’ response to returning zoo visitors
Mon 01 Mar 2021
NTU student awarded CIEEM’s postgraduate of the year award 2020
Tue 02 Feb 2021
NTU course leader secures 12-month collaborative project supported by UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Tue 02 Feb 2021
Almost half of cats kept indoors, with urbanisation and fears over pet safety driving the increase, study suggests
Wed 27 Jan 2021
Are grumpy cats really so grumpy? Study suggests selective breeding may have impacted cats’ ability to clearly express themselves
Mon 11 Jan 2021
NTU Course Leader and Lecturer collaborate with Wild Welfare to publish new article assessing zoo animal welfare
Thu 07 Jan 2021
Our latest publications
Shifts in mass scaling of respiration, feeding, and growth rates across life-form transitions in marine pelagic organisms
Re-assessing copepod growth using the Moult Rate method
Macroevolutionary patterns of sexual size dimorphism in copepods
Shape shifting predicts ontogenetic changes in metabolic scaling in diverse aquatic invertebrates
How does Calanus helgolandicus maintain its population in a variable environment? Analysis of a 25-year time series from the English Channel
Equal temperature–size responses of the sexes are widespread within arthropod species
Top 10 in the UK for Agriculture, Forestry and Food. (Guardian University Guide 2021).
Top 10 in the UK for Animal Science courses (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
Top 15 in the UK for Food Science courses (Complete University Guide 2021).