Sarah Jackson, Director of the N8 Research Partnership, is to leave her role with the organisation after five successful years. Sarah will be departing the N8 in October for a new role with the University of Liverpool, where she will be taking up the position of Director of Research, Partnerships and Innovation.
During Sarah’s time with the N8, the organisation has seen the development of several new initiatives, which have broken new ground in research collaboration and strengthened higher education’s links to industry. These include the N8 Industry Innovation Forum (N8IIF), the first English example of a group of universities making a single, continuous offer to business, run in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Technology Strategy Board; and Regener8, which enables the translation of university and industry research in regenerative medicine into commercial products and clinical benefits.
Sarah also carried out a secondment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in 2013, building on the success of the N8 Equipment Sharing initiative, where she authored the Making The Best Better report, highlighting how universities across the UK are working to increase productivity and efficiency in teaching and research.
Sarah said: “I feel very fortunate to have been part of the N8’s journey over the last five years. It has been a wonderful, fascinating and unique experience to have worked so closely with the eight Vice Chancellors and Pro Vice Chancellors for Research, and I am very proud of the programmes and collaborative spirit that has developed across the Partnership.”
Professor Sir Alan Langlands, Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds and Chair of N8 Research, said: “We would like to thank Sarah for her inspirational work on behalf of N8 and, of course, we are delighted that she will continue to play a key role in promoting research and innovation in the North of England in her new role at the University of Liverpool.
“We now look forward to appointing her successor - this is a time of opportunity in the North, and the N8 universities are committed to building on existing successes and progressing a number of collaborative research programmes, creating new knowledge and supporting economic development in the UK.”
The N8 Research Partnership is currently recruiting for the post of director. For more information on the post, click here.