The N8 Research Partnership (N8) is the collaboration body for the universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. It aims to maximise the impact of this research base to enable business innovation and societal transformation. The N8 universities form the largest research-pooling partnership in the UK.
N8 creates programmes involving a critical mass of world-class academics which form networks of innovation excellence with partners in other sectors – to drive investment and economic growth. N8’s priority areas of collaborative research include urban and community transformation and policing research; urban living, arts and culture; agri-food and sustainable food production, consumption and health; and resilient supply chains. N8’s strategy also focuses on areas of growth notably in life sciences and robotics and autonomous systems.