About the School

From the food we eat to the environment in which we live, our School continues a long tradition within Newcastle University of advancing knowledge through its teaching and research activities.

The School was created in 2002 as a result of reorganisation of the University, but its history extends back more than a century.

We promote excellence in research and teaching in the natural and social sciences relating to food, agriculture, rural environments, the countryside, and the rural economy. In addition to promoting reserach excellence and teaching, the School is showing its commitment to advancing women's careers in science academia by applying for the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Our cutting edge 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. The School brings together 60 academic staff across a wide range of disciplines within the natural and social sciences.

The School houses internationally renowned research groups including the Centre for Rural Economy and Nafferton Ecological Farming Group. Researchers within the School are also involved in Newcastle University's Research Institutes (Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Institute for Ageing and Health and the Institute for Social Renewal)

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

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

The School's main teaching and laboratory facilities are located on the city centre campus of Newcastle University in the Agriculture Building. Additional off-campus facilities on two University farms at Cockle Park and Nafferton are used for research, teaching and demonstration purposes.

The wider community also benefits from our knowledge and experience through our business services.

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