N8 AgriFood is a partnership of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York (the N8 Research Partnership). Working with key strategic partners, N8 AgriFood will maximize the impact of its research base by identifying and coordinating powerful research collaborations across the North of England and beyond.
Durham is an ancient seat of learning and a leading University integrating expertise in plant-genetics, cell biology, technologies for crop improvement and protection, plant bio-imaging and the impact of climate change on crop production
Lancaster University aims to apply ideas, knowledge, technologies, skills to benefit society by pursuing research at the highest international level. Their expertise encompasses sustainable intensification; agro-ecology; food production knowledge, distribution and consumption and the political economy of food security
University of Leeds
Leeds has a track record of food and nutrition research which has influenced policy, supported industry on R&D and innovation on issues from sustenance to sustainability. The University is particularly focused on sustainable agriculture and food production, big data analysis, behaviour change, nutrition and health.
University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool is a great centre of research, knowledge and innovation with particular expertise in animal health and welfare, plant and crop genomics, appetite and obesity combined with world-class facilities to support cutting-edge research.
The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester conducts a wide range of high-quality research combining expertise from across disciplines, making the most of the opportunities that their breadth of expertise affords. Their strengths include household food waste, consumer eating habits, agricultural and food chain sensors and diagnostics.
Newcastle University has always focused on academic excellence with impact. The University has expertise, centres and facilities in understanding and developing the socioeconomics and policy drivers underpinning rural enterprise, integrated livestock and crop production and cross faculty food, nutrition and health programmes.
The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is a world class academic institution with a leading international profile in plant and soil biology and consumer diet and health.
University of York
Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York boasts inter-disciplinary research expertise in sustainable food production and resilient and fair food supply chains.