N8 Policing Research Partnership receives £3million funding
(31 March 2015)
The Partnership – of which the University is a member - received a £3 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for a five year programme of research co-production and knowledge exchange with policing partners across the north of England. This will be supplemented by a further £3.686m from policing partners and N8 universities.
And Humanities academics play an important role in the new project as Dr Steve Brookes, from Manchester Business School (MBS), along with Dr Bethan Loftus and Dr Geoff Pearson, from the School of Law, are the University project leads.
The research programme, which will start on 1 May 2015, will help deliver an exciting transformation to police-university relations and a major step change in generating, evaluating and translating knowledge about approaches to policing and crime reduction.
Dr Bethan Loftus commented: "Led by the University of Leeds, the programme will begin on 1 May 2015 and aims to strengthen the evidence base upon which policing policy, practice and learning are developed. In particular, the project will make an important contribution to advancing the professionalisation of policing, and has the potential to generate innovative solutions to contemporary policing and crime issues. For Manchester - and particularly the School of Law and Manchester Business School - this is a significant investment which will further enable us to carry out cutting edge policing and criminological research alongside our N8 colleagues and policing partners.”
The N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP) is an established collaboration between the N8 universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.