Welcome to Northern Rural Network

The Northern Rural Network (NRN) is an established learning network extending across northern England. It has over 700 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

The Government has rejected a call by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy for a rural strategy to help realise the potential of rural economies. At Karbon Homes, we’re backing the case for a comprehensive, properly funded…

October 17th, 2019 no comments

A new coalition of rural local authorities have come together to make the positive case for England’s most remote rural areas.  Britain’s Leading Edge is a collaboration of upper tier local authority areas that meet the criteria of being mainly…

July 25th, 2019 no comments

Would it be sensible to have an Industrial Strategy (IS) that overlooks an economic contribution equivalent to the 10 leading cities after London? The answer is clearly no, but this would be the risk if rural areas were not fully…

July 2nd, 2019 no comments

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

Upcoming Events

Borderlands Conference 25th November at Slaley Hall. The morning will be a number of key speakers, and the afternoon will be workshops focused on the Borderlands themes of Place & Destination, Energy, Digital, Business and Natural Capital. Delegates can attend…

October 17th, 2019 no comments

20th November ; 6-8pm, Henry Travers Studio, The Maltings, Berwick Seminar: An artistic exploration of the impact of Brexit on rural communities   This project explores how Brexit will shape the future of land use, focusing on greener practices in…

October 17th, 2019 no comments

20th November, 1-2pm, Room 3.41 Armstrong Building, Newcastle University Seminar: An artistic exploration of the impact of Brexit on rural communities This project explores how Brexit will shape the future of land use, focusing on greener practices in energy production,…

October 17th, 2019 no comments