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

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

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday 11th 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

Date: 10th July 1:00 – 4:00 pm Venue: Beaumont Hotel, Hexham Town centres have been under the spotlight recently as the economic viability of high streets have been put under intense pressure due to the changing patterns of consumer demand…

July 3rd, 2019 no comments