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External Partnerships


The Academic Health Science Network (North East and North Cumbria)

The AHSN work with organisations including the NHS Trusts, CCGs and Universities across the North East and North Cumbria to help them identify, evaluate, adopt and disseminate transformative innovation. We work a lot with industry too, as a source of innovation and also to help industry access the expertise within the NHS that is so crucial to the development, testing and deployment of products and services that are the basis of the UK’s Life Sciences sector.

As part of a national network of 15 AHSNs, and with colleagues across the country, we collaborate to make nationally important innovation visible and accessible throughout the NHS.

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The North East and North Cumbria Applied Research Collaboration

The NENC ARC aims to improve the health of our population and provide the kind of support that will enable people in the North East and North Cumbria to experience the same health outcomes as people in other parts of England. It is a partnership that brings together 6 regional universities, the NHS, Health and social care providers, local authorities, the voluntary sector, community groups, members of the public and others. 

Working together, the NENC ARC vision is to deliver 'better, fairer health and care at all ages and in all places' - and their work is organised around seven key research themes.

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Northern Health Science Alliance

The Northern Health Science Alliance is the North of England’s health partnership, across a population of 16 million people, bringing together ten universities, ten research-intensive NHS Trusts and four Academic Health Science Networks. Their mission is to unlock the combined potential of the North’s health research and innovation assets for the benefit of the people and the economy.

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Bionow supports business growth, competitiveness and innovation within the biomedical and life science sectors across Northern England. Our membership services add value and cost-efficiency to scientific, clinical and business operations within early stage and growth-oriented firms.

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Fuse - The Centre of Translational Research in Public Health

Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, brings together the five North East Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside in a unique collaboration to deliver world-class research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities. Fuse’s mission is to transform health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities through the conduct of world-class public health research and its translation into value-for-money policy and practice. 

Our three broad aims are to:

  • Deliver world-class public health research
  • Build sustainable capacity
  • Build effective and lasting partnerships

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N8 Research Partnership

The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive Universities in the North of England: DurhamLancasterLeedsLiverpoolManchesterNewcastleSheffield and York.

Working with 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

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