In addition to creating a formal partnership between the N8 Universities and North of England Police Forces, N8 PRP seeks to create a broad platform for collaboration between universities, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), Government, police forces, and other partners working in policing policy, governance and practice.

College of Policing

The N8 PRP work closely with the College of Policing to ensure that the work undertaken is aligned with other activities in the wider policing research community. A representative from the College sits on the partnership’s Steering Group to help advise on the general strategy of the project, to support wider engagement and help to promote key events and publications.

One of the main benefits of this relationship is to ensure that research undertaken by N8 PRP is new, innovative and does not replicate existing research projects. The College of Policing have already mapped relevant ongoing policing related research at master’s level and above.

The College of Policing is currently advertising a number of vacancies open to external candidates.

The way UK government departments and the College of Policing can go about procuring economic and social research has recently changed. Crown Commercial Services (the government’s procurement body) has recently created a ‘research marketplace’ that allows you to buy social, economic or market research for projects of all sizes and value.

Suppliers are encouraged to sign up to the marketplace, which will remain open for new supplier applications during the four-year lifetime of the agreement, allowing suppliers to join at any time.


As well as working with our partner organisations, the N8 PRP is committed to promoting collaboration in research and knowledge exchange with other institutions and policing agencies across the North of England. To support this, the partnership has put together a list of experts and regional leads.  

N.b. if you are from one of our partner forces, please remember to get in touch with your force’s N8 PRP police lead first. 

N8 research

The wider N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the same eight most research intensive Universities in the North of England focused on developing two Research Themes; AgriFood and Urban and Community Transformation which includes the N8 PRP.

Working with other universities, industry and society, N8 aims to maximise the impact of this research base by:

  • promoting collaboration;
  • establishing innovative research capabilities and programmes of national and international prominence;
  • driving economic growth.

With co-production at its core, the partnership recently launched a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to explore new models of ‘co-production’.

  • Read about the programme and findings