Working and Living in Norwich
The Institute of Food Research is located on the Norwich Research Park, a thriving community of over 3,000 scientists.
Partners on the Norwich Research Park include the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The Earlham Institute, The John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory, making Norwich one of the premier locations for food, health and environmental research.
Close collaborative working between the partners allows for an interdisciplinary approach to solving major challenges facing global society. All of this is set in in 230 hectares of parkland on the outskirts of Norwich.
New cycleways connect the Norwich Research Park with the city, as well as regular bus routes. As a regional capital city Norwich is well linked to London and Cambridge by road and rail, and internationally via Norwich International Airport.
Norwich itself is a vibrant, safe, modern city with strong historical roots, providing a high quality of life – it was recently voted the happiest city to work in the UK. With a low crime rate, bustling café culture, restaurants and nightlife, Norwich combines the benefits of city life without being too large.
House prices in Norwich are below average compared with the rest of England, offering a range of affordable options from newly developed apartment complexes to family homes, as well as period housing throughout the city. See this Living in Norwich guide for more information.
The city lies on the outskirts of the Broads National Park, linking the city to unspoilt countryside. 30 minutes away is the stunning Norfolk coastline, almost 100 miles of some of the best, cleanest beaches in the UK, perfect to exploit the fact that the region is the driest and warmest in the UK.
Norwich is known as the most complete medieval city in the UK, but also ranks in the Top 10 shopping destinations, and won Great British High Street of the Year in 2014 - showcasing Norwich’s ability to mix history and tradition with modern living. It is a significant centre for culture, hosting one of the oldest surviving arts festivals in the UK and was named England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.