The N8 Policing research Partnership is an established network of policing practitioners and senior researchers across the North of England with the aim of formalising a regional network of research and innovation in policing, with national and international significance.

The new relationships forged through this partnership will help address the problems of policing in the 21st century and achieve international excellence in policing research and impact. This will be a platform for collaborations between universities, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), Government, police forces, and other partners working in policing policy, governance and practice.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to combine the intellectual power and research excellence of eight leading Universities with the resources, data, capabilities and practical skills of policing partners across the north of England. Together, we now have an opportunity to transform the relationship between police and universities and make a real difference to public safety through cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange that will deliver collaborative advantage"

Professor Adam Crawford, N8 PRP Director

College of Policing

The N8 PRP also 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 Masters level and above, the Policing and Crime Reduction Research Map can be found here

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

CCS Research Marketplace

The way UK government departments and the College of Policing can go about procuring economic and social research has changed. Crown Commercial Services (the government’s procurement body) has recently created a ‘research marketplace’, details of which can be found here.

Suppliers are encouraged to sign up to the marketplace via this link. The marketplace will remain open for new supplier applications during the 4-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 created a fully searchable online database which can be used to identify experts actively involved in policing research. The database is freely open to anyone to search and will hopefully help to foster new collaborative relationships in policing research.

If you would like to register as an expert in your field or search the database then you can do so here

N8 Research

The wider N8 Research Partnership is a collabroation of the same eight most research intensive Universities in the North of England focused on developing two Research Themes; AgriFood and Urban & 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 & 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 here