Who Are N8 AgriFoodN8 AgriFood is a unique programme working across the food system. It combines expertise from the 8 most research intensive universities 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

The aim of the collaboration is to harness the collective expertise within the 8 institutions to tackle the challenge of food security regionally, nationally and internationally.

We collaborate with external stakeholders from across the sector including industry, government, small to medium businesses, non-governmental organisations and charities to address the various aspects of the food security challenge we face.  

As a key initiative under the N8 Research Partnership, the N8 AgriFood programme began in 2015 with £8 million funding support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and a further £1 million from each of the N8 universities. These funds have supported a wealth of collaborative activity across the agrifood sector.

Influencing change and generating impact

There have been significant outputs for the programme. We have:

  • Attracted a total of £40 million of external funding for agrifood projects.
  • Funded over 180 pump priming projects.
  • Held a multitude of networking and learning events across the N8 universities.

Underpinning all our activities is the desire to influence change and generate impact. To achieve this we draw upon the multiple disciplines and skills across the N8 universities.

Taking this approach provides the interdisciplinary competence required for such a complex challenge and the ability for greater socio-economic impact, than if the universities worked alone.

Our cohesive programme enables us to:

  • Create sustainable and influential partnerships across the global agrifood community.
  • Influence change in agrifood and environmental policy and practice both in the UK and globally.
  • Help develop a more sustainable food system, as well as improve food security and sustain natural resources.
What we’ve done so far

Our activities to date can be grouped into the three areas below. Click on the images to find out more.