N8 Research Partnership February Newsletter

February 2017

Director's Update - What next for the North?

Welcome to the Spring issue of the N8 Research Partnership Newsletter.

In this issue, we have focussed on important progress in understanding current innovation assets in the North, and how to use these to grow a new Northern economy.

Firstly, I am delighted to see this month, recognition in the Northern Lights Awards of N8 Research Partnership as ‘University Organisation of the Year’ for 2017. It is pleasing that the judges recognised the strength of pan-Northern collaboration of the eight major universities, our economic impact, and the N8’s commitment to policy and innovation helping to build the Northern Powerhouse.

N8’s programmes of collaboration and innovation continue to progress well, and we highlight this month the work of the N8 Policing Research partnership, in particular their innovative co-production of research questions and solutions with major front-line policing partners.

Science & Innovation Audit reports covering six topics, will deliver a strong evidence base to understand hot-spots of strength within the Northern Powerhouse Capabilities: in advanced materials and manufacturing, health innovation, energy, and digital.

I argue in a blog piece in this issue how timely it is to articulate clearly our core economic and innovation strengths as the government develops its early sector-focussed deals within the new Industrial Strategy. Also the recent Northern Powerhouse conference highlighted the potential to reinvent Northern economy through investment in infrastructure and in the key capability areas – and featured a clear reminder to all that we must utilise all the talents of the North to achieve this.

N8 has made some organisational changes - I am delighted to welcome the recent appointments of Professor Chris Day to the N8 Board, and Professor David Petley and Professor Lisa Roberts to the N8 Executive Management Group, along with the appointment of Professor Steve Decent as the new Chair of the N8 Executive Management Group.

As members of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership programme with government, the N8 universities is working to play a key role in Northern economic policy. I welcome those who want to work with us to build a successful future for the economy of the Northern region, to contact me for more information, or to get involved in our programmes.

Dr Peter Simpson
Director, N8 Research Partnership

N8 Northern Lights Award

N8 wins Northern Powerhouse 'University Organisation of the Year' at the Northern Lights Awards

The award was presented to N8 at Northern Lights 2017, an event that is designed to celebrate business excellence and collaboration across the North of England.

N8 was recognised for its commitment to driving the Northern Powerhouse policy and innovation agenda forward, and praised for its contribution towards the region’s economic growth.

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N8 at UK Northern Powerhouse Conference

UK Northern Powerhouse panel debate: Funding and collaboration is vital to driving productivity in the North

N8 Director Dr Peter Simpson joined a panel of education experts who debated the subject at the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition this month.

A call for more government funding to be allocated to the North was also a view widely shared by the panel.

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N8 PRP Innovation Forum

Innovation lies at the heart of the N8 PRP’s strategy and programme of activities

Read the latest N8 blog, by Professor Adam Crawford, Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership. And find out more about the November Policing Innovation Forum in Manchester.

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Northern economy SIAs

How Science & Innovation Audits can strengthen the new Northern economy

A national programme of Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs) is providing a great platform for Northern regions and universities to present a coordinated view of current and future innovation strengths.

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Policing Innovation Forum

A new Northern economy – the potential for a bright innovation-led future

The North of England has a fantastic research base, strong business-university interactions, and a growing economic vibrancy.

Dr Peter Simpson discusses the importance of the North’s capabilities and assets to the future growth of the UK economy.

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Workshop: Research Co-Production and Impact in Policing

Workshop: Research Co-Production and Impact in Policing

The N8 Policing Research Partnership will be hosting a half-day workshop on the opportunities and challenges presented by the ‘Evaluation of Research Co-Production and Impact’.

The workshop takes place on 23rd March 2017: 12pm-4pm at York Medical Society. Find out more below.

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N8 Exec Management Group

New key appointments for N8 Research Partnership

N8 has strengthened its Executive Management Group through three new appointments, as well as welcoming Professor Chris Day to the Board of Directors.

Two Vice-Chancellors from N8 Universities have also been appointed to leading roles within the higher education sector.

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