School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development


About the School

We continue to advance knowledge through our teaching and research activities.

From the food we eat to the environment in which we live, we promote excellence in research and teaching relating to food, agriculture, rural environments, the countryside, and the rural economy.

Celebrating 125 years of agricultural teaching and research at Newcastle

2016 was a significant year for the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development as we celebrated 125 years of ground breaking agricultural research and teaching at Newcastle. To celebrate this we held a number of events and produced a library guide: Agriculture at Newcastle: the first 125 years.


Our research

Our research extends across the spectrum of:

  • food science and human health
  • agricultural science and management
  • soil and environmental science
  • rural economy and society
  • food and product marketing

We bring together 60 academic staff across a wide range of disciplines within the natural and social sciences.

We house internationally renowned research groups including the Centre for Rural Economy and Nafferton Ecological Farming Group.

Our researchers are also involved in the University's Societal Challenge Theme research institutes: the Institute for Sustainability, Institute for Ageing and the Institute for Social Renewal).

Athena SWAN

We have recently been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award for committing to provide a fair working environment for all.


We offer high quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as higher degrees by research across the whole spectrum of subjects. Our aims are simple, to:

  • inspire our students
  • create an exciting yet supportive environment in which to study
  • ensure the quality of our teaching and learning provision