Further to its land-based education reputation, Nottingham Trent University has revealed a new vision for its Brackenhurst Campus.
Plans for the 500-acre campus include a visitor centre, environment centre, a series of food and drink business incubators, redevelopment of equine, canine and animal facilities and additional student accommodation.
The School offers specialist courses spanning animal and equine science, environmental and wildlife conservation, veterinary nursing, geography, horticulture, environmental science and food science and technology.
As well enhancing teaching and research, it is hoped the plans would enable the campus to become an important regional hub, providing a gateway to services and training for businesses across rural Nottinghamshire.
Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the school of animal, rural and environmental sciences said: "These exciting plans for Brackenhurst will make us a sector-leading campus for teaching and research in land-based sciences.
"We aim to be an open and engaging campus, working in collaboration with local to global partners to deliver sustainable solutions to resource challenges caused by climate change."
The vision for the campus follows the launch of the university’s strategic plan ‘Creating the University of the Future’ which focused on creating opportunity, valuing ideas, enriching society, connecting globally and empowering people.
Plans for its environment centre include it becoming home to geography, environment and conservation teaching and research, and animal facilities – including equine, lambing and canine – which would be created and redeveloped along with agricultural and horticultural spaces.
The campus will have a strong ‘farm to fork’ message, with an emphasis on all stages of the production of food.