N8 PRP brings together police and academia to champion, support, and enable policing research, creating meaningful impact on policy and practice. 

N8 PRP was established by the N8 Research Partnership, which promotes collaboration, innovation, and efficiency between 8 research-intensive northern universities.


N8 PRP Membership

N8 PRP is a collaboration of 8 universities and 12 police forces in the north of England. 


Durham University
Lancaster University
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
Newcastle University
University of Sheffield
University of York


Cheshire Constabulary
Cleveland Constabulary
Cumbria Constabulary
Durham Constabulary
Greater Manchester Police
Humberside Police
Lancashire Constabulary
Merseyside Police
Northumbria Police
North Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

N8 PRP Ethos

How we think about, organise, and practice policing shapes both our day-to-day lives and times of crisis. The roles, powers, responsibilities and regulation of police are fundamental questions for equality, vulnerability, democracy, violence, health, business, social life, and justice. It is therefore essential to develop our understanding of policing, both as researchers and practitioners.

N8 PRP brings together the skills, structures, and independence of academia with the knowledge, experience, and data of police, building a sustainable network to champion, enable and support the best in policing research.

Collaboration and Innovation

For N8 PRP, collaboration means relevance for practitioners and independence of research conclusions. This increases mutual understanding of goals, processes, and restrictions, making use of a diversity of insight and experience, leading to robust evidence and analysis, increased expertise, the credibility to influence policy & practice (regionally, nationally, internationally), and established pathways to develop innovative ideas and get their findings in front of the right people.  

Champion, enable, support

We promote, organise, fund and produce research, networks, and events, making innovative ideas accessible through summary reports, webinars, conferences, and regular communications. We facilitate collaboration, giving police and researchers the platform and tools they need to develop larger projects with long-term impact. We also work with partners including research centres, public bodies, and other organisations to build a broad coalition that can share, create, and respond to policing research.


N8 PRP is working on ways to showcase and celebrate the impact of our partnership. In the meantime, presentations and a report from the 2020 Policing Innovation Forum highlighted work that has built on research funded by N8 PRP; the 2021 Annual Report looks at the wider impact of N8 PRP through new awards, publications and papers, and longer-term impact stories; and the Research Index is a guide to the breadth of work produced by N8 PRP.


N8 PRP Governance

Central Team

N8 PRP is lead by the Academic and Policing Co-Directors, Professor Geoff Pearson and Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine. 

The Co-Directors, Project Manager, Helen Gordon-Smith, and the NRiPN Director, Dr Eon Kim, make up the N8 PRP Central Team. The Team is responsible for the administration and management of the partnership with the support of the Steering Group, and reporting regularly to the N8 Research Partnership. 

Steering Group

Strategic and operational decisions are taken by the Steering Group, which meets on a quarterly basis. All N8 PRP member organisations are represented on the Steering Group by the Police and Academic Leads, who are also responsible for promoting and supporting the work of N8 PRP within their organisations. 

The N8 Research Partnership and the College of Policing also sit on the Steering Group.


N8 PRP is funded by the partner organisations. The current funding period,1st October 2021 – 30th September 2024, is governed by a Collaboration Agreement signed by the 8 university and 12 police partners. Investment in the partnership creates valuable independent research with meaningful impact, generates significant research income, and establishes a stable network for collaboration.