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.
Cute rabbit survey uncovers most popular bunny face
Fri 27 Sep 2019
Garden Design for Beginners short course launched at Brackenhurst Campus
Tue 20 Aug 2019
Horticulture student showcases garden at Belvoir Flower Show
Mon 12 Aug 2019
Horticulture student wins award at RHS Chatsworth 2019
Mon 08 Jul 2019
Food Science students place second in food innovation awards
Fri 05 Jul 2019
Gold for NTU horticulture alumni at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
Fri 05 Jul 2019
Our latest publications
Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding of pond water as a tool to survey conservation and management priority mammals
Highly efficient and irreversible removal of cadmium through the formation of a solid solution
A review of the international trade in amphibians: the types, levels and dynamics of trade in CITES-listed species
Genetic diversity of Blastocystis in non-primate animals
Estimating the farm-level economic costs of spring cropping to manage Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) in UK agriculture
Tree loss impacts on ecological connectivity: Developing models for assessment
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).