N8 Research Partnership

Collaborative innovation - the power of eight

Delivering on the region’s economic potential.

Dr Annette Bramley

Director, N8 Research Partnership

The North – the right place at the right time

Prof Nick Wright

Member, N8 Executive Management Group

We want to encourage industry to benefit from the proximity of the N8 universities

Prof Sir Keith Burnett

Member, N8 Board

Connecting academic and business partners to meet the challenges facing industry

Prof Chris Brink

former Member, N8 Board

N8 is a vehicle that can add value to the northern economy

Dame Nancy Rothwell

Member, N8 Board

Universities and businesses can work effectively together to make a significant impact on the needs of society

Sir Alan Langlands

Member, N8 Board

Joining up the talent and expertise of university research and industry-led R&D

Prof Trevor McMillan

former Chair, N8 Executive Management Board

We have centres of research excellence throughout this country. The N8 partnership of northern universities shows the way.

Greg Clark

Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Urban & Community Transformation

Collaborative partnerships to benefit society

a greater opportunity for mutual learning and therefore better informed research

Prof Heather Campbell

N8 Co-Production Lead

I am delighted that this pioneering work is taking place in the north of England

Sir Alan Langlands

Member, N8 Board

The N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme

Innovating to ensure global food stability

Food security is one of the great challenges in our increasingly urbanised and globalised world

Sir Alan Langlands

Member, N8 Board

N8... will make a major, long-term impact in addressing the challenge of food security

Sir Alan Langlands

Member, N8 Board

We want to encourage industry to benefit from the proximity of the N8 universities

Prof Sir Keith Burnett

Member, N8 Board

Companies should believe that more of their problems can be solved by collaboration

John Stageman

Chair, Biomedical Catalyst

an important collaborative project involving a strong partnership of universities with relevant and complementary expertise

David Sweeney

Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE

The N8 Research Partnership

The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive Universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.

Working with universities, industry and society, N8 aims to maximise the impact of this research base by:

  • promoting collaboration
  • establishing innovative research capabilities & programmes of national and international prominence
  • driving economic growth


Net Zero North

The Net Zero North programme will drive innovation for a net-zero recovery from the coronavirus, to unlock new business opportunities and create jobs in the green economy in the Northern Powerhouse.