Nottingham Trent University
Intro to Department
The school of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences is based at out Brackenhurst Campus, which covers over 200 hectares of grounds, organised around a country house. The campus is set in rural Nottinghamshire and offers students a unique learning experience. The campus is located near Southwell, a market town, fourteen miles from Nottingham with regular public transport links into the city centre.
The combination of an idyllic rural setting, a range of specialist courses and a friendly and caring team of staff results in an atmosphere which generations of students have come to appreciate. In recent years the population has more than doubled and now there are over 1000 full and part-time students on campus throughout the year.
For more information about the school, please visit www.ntu.ac.uk/ares
The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences offers research degrees in various fields and has a good academic record and history of applied research contracts with industry and commercial bodies, particularly in the fields of environmental management, food, animal nutrition and agriculture.
Research opportunities currently exist within the areas of Animal and Equine Science, Food Science and Technology and Earth Systems and Environmental Science.
Taught Postgraduate Degrees
The following taught postgraduate degrees are currently offered:
For research students, participation in presentations, conferences and other higher education sector events contributes significantly to your professional development by cultivating skills and knowledge essential for professional research practice and transferable to a vast range of other careers. There are additional opportunities for research students to become more involved in academic life, and prepare for a career within the sector, through laboratory supervision or teaching undergraduate students.
Previous graduates of research programmes are now working in business; for organisations such as the Environment Agency; in lecturing; or as postdoctoral researchers.
Resources & Facilities
The campus itself benefits students along with excellent facilities including:
Animal unit and Veterinary Nursing building
The animal unit on campus houses over 600 animals and students benefit from the improved teaching facilities. The new veterinary nursing building offers students the chance to participate in real-life situations including a simulated x-ray room, surgery, reception area and isolation unit.
The installation of a new high-technology greenhouse unit has added something special to the campus for the students who use it. Of Dutch design, the glasshouses are linked to a computer system that can create artificial day and night regimes. Research from this will further knowledge about the use of wildflowers in homeopathic remedies and cosmetics.
Halls of residences
300 en-suite student rooms of a high standard, what's more, all electricity and heating bills are included in the accommodation charge.
Impressive Equestrian Facilities include international size indoor and outdoor arenas, stabling for 65 horses, a round pen, horse walker and solarium, weighbridge, stocks and crew yards. Dressage and show jumping competitions are organised on a regular basis and student livery is available.
Students also benefit from sports facilities, a student shop, fully licensed bar and refreshment areas.
One of our biggest assets is that the Brackenhurst campus boasts a stunning 200 hectare estate consisting of farmland, woodland and streams set in the heart of rural Nottinghamshire.
The campus is the student’s outdoor classroom where a wealth of practical based experience can be found. Students from various courses use the estate for research, field work and the management and conservation of the countryside.
Students will benefit from modern surroundings that provide access to well-equipped laboratories and facilities.
The School prides itself on its long-term and extensive links with industry. These links ensure the market relevance of our research degrees.
The School hosts regular seminars and presentations by external speakers, many of whom are key figures within their areas of expertise and directly involved in industry or research. Students are able to draw on a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience which informs the contributions they are able to make in their future careers.
My greatest achievement as a Nottingham Trent University postgraduate student is undertaking research that will help to safeguard lowland raised bogs, which are one of Europe’s rarest and most endangered habitats. Postgraduate study is much more self-driven than undergraduate study. To a large extent I set my own targets, objectives and deadlines, with support and guidance from my supervisors It’s not always easy to juggle study, work and life commitments, particularly as a mature student. I am very grateful for my wife’s continuing support and understanding to help me cope with managing a balance. I heard about the course when I was working as a research assistant undertaking field work for another project and it was suggested I apply for a bursary to support my own research interests. The course has practical relevance to real applications and permits me to work with people who are experts in the field using modern equipment and methodologies. The work involves ongoing liaison with both commercial peat producers and statutory protection bodies, such as English Nature I am learning a wide range of practical ecological investigation techniques, together with the academic rigour to apply these techniques effectively and objectively. It is beneficial to me that the academic staff within the school are always helpful, supportive and knowledgeable about my research area. Roger Hart
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