N8 Research: Overview

N8 is a "successful university collaborative partnership"

UK Budget Statement 2015

Interfaces between the third sector, business, & academia are critical to successful & relevant research

Dr Peter Simpson

Director, N8 Research Partnership

An N8 project gives output greater than could have been accomplished separately

Sir Alan Langlands

Former Chair, N8 Board

I am passionate about collaboration, both between academics and also with industry and the third sector

Prof Nick Wright

Chair, N8 Executive Management Board

Research Themes

The N8 Research Partnership’s main research areas have been chosen based on existing research strengths in the N8 universities and the potential for growth and economic impact.

The N8 Research Partnership is developing two Research Themes: AgriFood and Urban and Community Transformation.

These N8 Research Themes are expected to develop over a 3-5 year period to provide a platform of international and world-class research, incorporating multiple collaborative activities (including doctoral training where appropriate) and engagement with industry regionally, nationally and internationally.

Each Research Theme is sponsored by a Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and has one or more Academic Leads.

Emerging Communities

In addition to the N8 Research Themes, the N8 Research Partnership has recognised three areas as Emerging Communities; Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Targets for New Medicines, and Bioeconomy.

Emerging Communities are areas that have the potential, through the development of a research community and knowledge exchange, to grow into a future Research Theme.

The focus of all of our research programmes is to:

  • Deliver collaborative R&D which combines the complementary capabilities across the N8 universities.
  • Ensure the commercialisation and application of the research outputs – with particular relevance to private and public sector research users in the North of England.