N8 Research Partnership

Collaborative innovation - the power of eight

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


Research and Innovation

Our main areas of focus for collaboration have been chosen based on existing strengths in the N8 universities and the region, as well as for their potential for growth and economic impact.


Research Culture and Environment

We actively identify opportunities to enhance the research culture and environment that couldn’t be delivered by individual universities, in areas including researcher and technician career development, attracting and retaining talent, and management and use of infrastructure and equipment.