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

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

The Centre for Rural Economy is proud to host the Northern Rural Network.  CRE is an applied research centre with over 21 years experience of researching rural economies and communities.

October 25th, 2018 no comments

Upcoming Events

Date 22nd May 13:30 – 17:00
Venue: High Force Hotel, Upper Teesdale
The 15th annual forum of the North Pennines AONB is a chance to reflect on the last year and plan for the future

March 20th, 2019 no comments

Date: 22nd March. Time: 10:00 – 12:30 Venue: Close House, Heddon on the Wall Advance Northumberland is teaming up with 5GRIT to present a workshop that will explain more about 5G and the opportunities for businesses in Northumberland to test out…

March 8th, 2019 no comments

Date: 27th March 2019 – 10:00 to 16:30 Venue: Room G.003 Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University The 3rd in a series of workshops jointly organised by the Centre for Rural Economy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the…

January 29th, 2019 no comments