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N8 Research Partnership: focus on policing, plus food security, job vacancies and more

Welcome to the latest news from the N8 Research Partnership.

As some of you may know, I took up my new position as Director of the N8 Research Partnership in January this year. I’m glad to report that it’s been both an exciting few months for me, and a successful few months for the N8 Research Partnership.

The N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP) has received multi-million pound funding, testimony to the vast potential its new programme has for changing the face of policing policy.

In addition, our work in the field of Food Security and Technology will now increase markedly, thanks to the recent funding announced by The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the N8’s Agri-Food Resilience Programme.

I was delighted to hear, too, that our colleagues in the Northern Health Science Alliance were allocated £20 million in last month’s Budget, for the first phase of Health North.

I’ll be attending a number of research partnering events in the coming months, so please feel free to say hello and discuss your work – and the N8 Research Partnership - with me.

I hope you enjoy reading our latest news. As ever, please get in touch if you have any feedback.

Dr Peter Simpson
Director, N8 Research Partnership



Launched in 2013, the N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP) has already made a huge impact in enabling universities and policing partners to develop research and exchange knowledge activities that address key policing issues. 

Now, with the help of a new £3 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), supplemented by a further £3.68 million from policing partners and other universities, the N8 PRP will be taking a major step forward in developing and testing innovative approaches to policing and crime reduction, with its Innovation and the Application of Knowledge for More Effective Policing programme.

(Pictured left: Professor Adam Crawford, Chair of the N8 PRP.)



The Innovation and the Application of Knowledge for More Effective Policing programme is a pioneering research and knowledge sharing collaboration between police forces and universities.

A five-year programme, it will bring together experts from a variety of academic disciplines, working closely with Police and Crime Commissioners, police forces and partner organisations, to play a key role in informing policing policy. It aims to strengthen the evidence base upon which policing policy, practice and learning are developed, with impacts nationally and internationally.

The new programme will build on the N8 PRP’s work and successes to date: in January 2014, the N8 PRP secured a £50,000 grant from the College of Policing through its Innovation Capacity Building Fund to undertake the development of a regional hub for policing research and innovation, while in April 2014 the N8 Social Sciences Group approved seed corn funding to the initiative’s medium-term sustainability.

The N8 PRP is an initiative of the eight N8 Research Partnership universities, with partner bodies. N8 PRP partners include an impressive range of police forces and offices of the Police and Crime Commissioners across the north of England: Cheshire, Cumbria, Humberside, Lancashire, Durham, Greater Manchester; Merseyside, Northumbria, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire, plus Your Homes Newcastle.

The collaboration is also supported in its work by the College of Policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and will actively seek to involve other non-N8 universities.

Lead by Leeds University, the N8 PRP is chaired by Professor Adam Crawford, supported by project manager, Clare Johnson.

To visit the N8 PRP’s website click here and to read our case study on the project click here.



The N8 Policing Research Partnership is now recruiting for the posts of Project Manager and Project Administration and Events Assistant. Both posts are fixed term to April 30, 2020, with a start date of May 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Post-holders will be based at the University of Leeds, but will support the activities of all eight universities in the N8 Research Partnership.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015.

For more information click here



The N8 Research Partnership has secured multi-million pound funding for a programme which has the potential to transform Food Security research in the UK.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded the N8 Research Partnership a grant of more than £7.9 million through its Catalyst Fund to develop our Agri-Food Resilience programme. This will be matched equally by the N8 universities.

The N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme will build on the N8 institutions’ research strengths in science, engineering and the social sciences, to address key global challenges in food security. These will include tackling sustainable food production, resilient food supply chains and consumer behaviours. To read more about the programme, click here, and to read more about our research work in food security and technology, click here.



The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)  was allocated £20 million in last month’s Budget. The money will fund four health and social care information projects, known as Connected Health Cities, which will be the first investment of the Government’s Health North programme proposed in January to drive healthcare innovations in the English regions with the greatest health challenges.

This programme will bring together data, experts and technology to generate new information that shapes health and social care services to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities.



The role of the life sciences in the North of England in delivering a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ was the hot topic last month at a private roundtable event hosted by the N8 Research Partnership and the NHSA.

The event, chaired by Andrew Ward, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent at The Financial Times, was held at The King’s Fund, London on March 13 and brought together representatives from the Department of Health Genomics England, National Institute for Health Research, the Science Council and UK Trade & Investment.

Issues raised included the importance of connectivity across the North and the need to ensure the North has access to the right skills in the life sciences sector –  to read about the N8’s strengths in life sciences, click here



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