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University of Manchester leads the first N8 Police Research Partnership Innovation Forum


Dr Stephen Brookes (Manchester Business School) and Dr Geoff Pearson (School of Law) took the lead in designing and hosting N8 PRPs first major event, the N8 Policing Innovation Forum.  This was held on 14th October 2015 and is the dynamic ‘engine’ of innovation at the heart of the overall project. Policing partners identified Cybercrime as a priority topic for this event and Forum brought together key policing and academic partners along with wider stakeholders to identify key research areas, stimulate knowledge exchange and drive innovation.

Key speakers at the N8 Innovation Forum included:


Sir Peter Fahy (Chief Constable, GMP),
Vanessa Smith (West Yorkshire Police Cyber Team),
John Parkinson (Exec Policing & Security Consultant),
Martin Tyley (KPMG),
Prof. David. S. Wall (Professor of Criminology, University of Leeds),
Prof. Nick Tilley (Professor of Security & Crime Science)


This was an energising and stimulating event, ambitiously combining keynote addresses along with market place ideas exchange and live role play. It showcased creative collaborative thinking.  Read more ...





N8 Policing Research Partnership holds first successful workshop with Police and Crime Commissioners

The first workshop to be held by the N8 PRP brought together representatives from the 11 Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioners, Police Forces and the 8 Universities that represent N8 was held in November 2013. The workshop began with a series of presentations and then participants took place in two workshops. The first sought to identify research priorities and the second considered the opportunities to create collaborative advantage within the partnership. A full report is currently in the process of being drafted and will be posted on this site.

A dedicated website has now been published for the N8 partnership:

Go to the Dedicated Website for the N8 PRP




University of Manchester joins N8 Universities Policing Research Initiative - 19 October 2013

An initiative has been set up by the eight Universities that form the N8 group across the North of England. The group has met twice, the most recent meeting taking place at the University of Lancaster on 19th October 2013. Stephen Brookes (from Alliance MBS) and Bethan Loftus (from the School of Law) represent the University of Manchester on this group. The purpose of the N8 Policing Research Initiative is to enable and foster high quality, independent research and to facilitate research-based contributions to public debate, policing policy, governance and practice. N8 constitutes a valuable platform from which to engage Government, PCCs, Chief Constables, police forces, other organisations and communities in a strategic collaboration to provide a range of opportunities for conducting relevant, high quality research that helps address the problems of policing in the 21st century and for achieving international excellence in policing research and impact. The N8 Policing Research Initiative will incorporate a range of empirical and theoretical approaches and embed a principle of non-exclusivity such that it is open to the involvement of diverse perspectives and other academic and non-academic partners (within and beyond the north) where they provide appropriate contributions, notably where these are not available from within the N8 universities.






Alliance MBS (CSSRG) participate in European Bid in relation to Science and Technology in Policing

Alliance MBS is a member of a bid that has just been submitted by the European Police research Institute Collaboration (EPIC) which aims to bridge the gap between police practice & policy and scientific knowledge & research. This is a strong collaboration between a number of different European countries including the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Estonia. This is in addition to the UK (England and Scotland). The group meet on an annual basis and have recently submitted a collaborative bid to the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) for funding to support Scientific Knowledge Integration into Police practice in Europe. Alliance MBS interest is in the area of leadership and how leaders are able to create the conditions to enable innovation to flourish. IBM and the CSSRG (GMP and the University of Manchester) are to explore the potential for further collaboration in the area of Analytics and other related areas. A meeting is being arranged between senior staff from GMP, the University of Manchester and IBM to discuss potential areas for collaboration. In addition, Dr Stephen Brookes attended an IBM press day at IBM Hursley, Winchester, on 2nd October and spoke about the potential for collaboration. The presentations were well received by the journalists present.






Crime Science and Public Leadership: Presentation to the European Police Research Institute Collaboration (EPIC), Uppsala, Sweden, 17th and 18th June 2012.

Dr Stephen Brookes presented two papers at the above conference, having been invited by EPIC. The first was in relation to the collaboration between GMP and the University of Manchester in relation to crime science and security and the second was to introduce delegates to the New Public Leadership Model.



United Kingdom Evaluation Society (UKES) 2012 Annual Evaluation Conference - 16th March 2012

Steve Brookes, Adrian Nelson and Linda Reid presented a paper at a Pre-Conference Workshop on 15 March 2012 from 10am to 4.30pm, Evaluating Public Leadership. The workshop was based on longitudinal, multi-method evaluations of collective leadership across a range of public sectors, but with a specific focus on policing and health services.






Police Leadership and Innovation Conference 14 and 15 November 2011


The conference was a great success and began with a fascinating debate about the leadership challenges facing police forces, by Peter Fahy (Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police) and Ralph L Godbee Jr. (Chief of Police, Detroit, US) and chaired by Dr Steve Brookes.
A podcast with the first section of the discussion has been launched at:
Presentations from the conference can be found on our papers and presentations page.




Event - Initial Workshop


The aim of the workshop that was held in January 2011 was to consolidate the emerging views and issues that arose from the initial scoping of a proposal to create a Crime Science and Security Initiative (CSSI) at the UoM and to seek the widest possible engagement of academics and selected practitioners in the identification of potential areas of future research, teaching and engagement for the future. The workshop was very successful and the response to the proposed initiative has been universally positive.