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.
NTU student shortlisted for CIEEM’s Postgraduate of the year award 2020
Mon 01 Jun 2020
'Brackenhurst grown' Sphagnum mosses to be introduced in Spain
Wed 20 May 2020
MSc Global Food Security and Development student wins top prizes in NTU and NTSU competition
Thu 09 Apr 2020
Study to investigate role of UK roads on declining hedgehog numbers
Tue 10 Mar 2020
ARES appoint Senior Visiting Fellow Dr Helen Warren
Tue 11 Feb 2020
Red and grey squirrel genomes could hold the key to the survival of reds in Britain and Ireland
Wed 05 Feb 2020
Our latest publications
New finding of melanic three-spined sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus in the Scottish Hebrides
Understanding temporal social dynamics in zoo animal management: an elephant case study
Tapping into the ballast potential of sparingly soluble salts for enhanced floc physiognomies in algae biomass harvesting
Zoo animal learning and training
Welfare implications of zoo animal training
Problematic animals in the zoo: the issue of charismatic megafauna
3rd in the UK for Agriculture, Forestry and Food. (Guardian University Guide 2020).
98% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).
95% student satisfaction. National Student Survey 2019.
Top 5 in the UK for Animal Science. (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).
100% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).
Top 15 in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies. (Guardian University Guide 2020).