Role Of N8 Highlighted In This Month’s Budget


The N8 Research Partnership has been recognised as a successful university collaborative partnership model in this month’s Budget.

Inviting universities to develop proposals for supporting local collaboration – supported through funding streams such as the next £400 million round of the Research Partnership Investment Fund – the Government stated that universities should build on the success of the N8, as well as other collaborative partnership models.

It added that further details on support would be announced in the Spending Review.

Dr Peter Simpson, Director of the N8 Research Partnership, said: “We are pleased that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has recognised the importance of university partnerships. Collaborative research, working closely with and for business and communities in the North, is vitally important for delivering balanced economic growth, with universities as a cornerstone of innovation.”

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