N8 Research Partnership July Newsletter

November 2017

Director's Update

Welcome to the November issues of the N8 newsletter.

The last few months have been a bit of a transition for the N8 with both Peter and Laura departing for new roles at the Medicines Discovery Catapult and the Great Exhibition of the North, however we are now pleased to announce Dr Annette Bramley has been recruited to the post of Director and will be starting in January.

Annette is of the parish of EPSRC and over her 18 years there has held a number of positions including most recently Head of Healthcare Technologies, where she has helped to galvanise multi-disciplinary research collaborations, lead change management projects relating to grant management and IT and managed a wide range of programmes, projects and portfolios.

In addition, to her professional skills, Annette will bring a touch of creativity to the N8 office through her skills as an artist and student at the Royal School of Needlework – with her work exhibited at the Royal School and in galleries nationally.

Annette said: “My love for both the arts and the sciences are one of the reasons that I am so passionate about multidisciplinary research and bringing people together to address real world challenges.” 

In events outside the N8 office we are pleased to note that the North is once again strongly represented in the latest round of Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs) that were announced by the Government recently.  These SIAs are a process by which government is encouraging regions to identify and explore industrial areas where they are globally competitive.

The N8 Policing Innovation Forum was held in Manchester on 2nd November and saw academics, policing professionals, and case practitioners come together to explore methods for developing Early Interventions in a number of settings, from preventing football disorder to ensuring innovative pathways for helping minors steer clear of criminality.

Of course, there is lots more going on in the N8 – some of which you can read below – and we are always interested in hearing about new collaborative opportunities!  Read the newsletter, get involved, and get in touch.

Dr Nick Goldspink
Interim Director, N8 Research Partnership

N8 Research Partnership appoints new director

N8 Research Partnership appoints new director

The N8 Research Partnership, a collaboration of the North’s eight leading research universities, has announced the appointment of Dr Annette Bramley as its new director.

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Jo Johnson

N8 welcomes plans for 3rd wave of Science & Innovation Audits

The N8 Research Partnership has welcomed the announcement of the third wave of government-commissioned Science and Innovation Audits, which has confirmed that the North of England will play a prominent role in the next round of reports.

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N8 Agrifood delagation

N8 AgriFood promotes Northern research strengths at global agriculture conference

Representatives from N8 AgriFood have showcased the North of England’s key research and innovation strengths at a world-leading conference on global agriculture- the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, in Iowa, U.S.

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Jay Rayner

Global food experts urge for more action to educate the public about their diets

Celebrated food critic and author Jay Rayner joined international academics and social activists to call for more action from industry leaders to help the public to make more informed choices about their diets and reduce food waste, following warnings that the future of global food supply is under threat.

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N8 universities map

N8 Student Network launches at the University of Sheffield

Students from all of the N8 universities have opened the N8 Robotics and Autonomous Systems Student Network at a launch event, at the University of Sheffield.

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Reson8 2017

Students focus on NMR research during ResoN8 2017

Postgraduate students from across the N8 Research Partnership have been brought together as part of a drive to boost knowledge exchange and expertise across the network.

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Policing forum delegates

Policing forum targets early intervention in tackling Domestic Abuse

Policing domestic abuse has been put under the spotlight at a major research forum looking at how early intervention can have a significant impact on one of the biggest issues facing society.

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