Welcome to Northern Rural Network

The Northern Rural Network (NRN) is an established learning network extending across northern England. It has over 1,300 members. Founded by Newcastle University in 2000 the Network has grown to be an exemplar of University engagement in regional development.

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Recent Posts

This report edited by CRE’s Carmen Hubbard provides a detailed analysis of how the UK agriculture may be affected by Brexit. Working with colleagues from the Scottish Rural College, Agri-food & Biosciences Institute and a range of stakeholders, the report…

April 11th, 2019 no comments

Rural areas seem to raising up the regional development agenda. In this blog Dinah Jackson, Programme Manager for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership looks to the future.

April 11th, 2019 no comments

Are you a local SMEs? Newcastle University is looking to recruit SMEs to the next round of ‘PhDs for SMEs’ project

March 7th, 2019 no comments

Community Action Northumberland’s CEO, Andy Dean looks at the challenges facing the Voluntary and Community Sector

March 7th, 2019 no comments

At the beginning of the digital age, much hope was placed on the ability of new technology to level the playing field between urban and rural areas.

January 24th, 2019 no comments

Rural areas would benefit from greater devolved decision making and a single, co-ordinated voice to avoid long-term issues being made worse by Brexit. Academics at Newcastle University, the University of Cumbria and Northumbria University looked at the implications of Brexit…

January 23rd, 2019 no comments

Upcoming Events

Date: 11th June 2019 – 17:30 – 19:00

Venue Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building, Newcastle University
This seminar, from Dr Menelaos Gkartzios, will explore these questions drawing on a collaborative artist residency programme co-organised by the Centre for Rural Economy and Berwick Visual Arts

January 24th, 2019 no comments

Friday 12th July – 10:00 – 16:00 Venue: Discovery Museum, Newcastle As we approach the 20th anniversary of the last Rural White Paper, we believe it is time to look again in a comprehensive way at the opportunities and threats…

June 21st, 2019 no comments