School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

About Us

About Us

We are uniquely placed to discover and shape future scientific understanding and discovery.

A Chemistry researcher conducts an experiment within one of our lab facilities.

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences was formed in 2017. It brings together long-established research and teaching groups in a number of subjects, including: 

  • agriculture
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • earth and environmental science
  • marine biology

From the depths of our oceans and intricacy of drug discovery, to our understanding of our interactions and impact at a planetary scale, the School is uniquely placed to discover and shape future scientific understanding and discovery. Our work spans technical excellence, socio-technical investigation and policy impact through, for example, our Centre for Rural Economy, Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation, and work on governance of maritime environments.

Research and teaching in the School is supported by a wide range of world class facilities including two farms, a coastal marine science laboratory and research vessel, field stations, and exceptional x-ray crystallography laboratories.

Students in the School are partners in our learning and teaching model. The student experience is varied, challenging and rewarding across a wide range of pure, applied and integrative undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Our open, collaborative ways of working and combination of people and facilities allow us to ask questions, test hypotheses and investigate across the pure, applied and social sciences.