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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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N8 AgriFood is an interdisciplinary research programme that combines world-leading crop and livestock research with extensive expertise in social sciences in a single research initiative. The programme is focused on ensuring the stability and integrity of national and global agri-food supply chains in the face of environmental and socioeconomic challenges.

With a new investment of £16 million jointly from HEFCE and the N8 Universities (Universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York), N8 AgriFood is building on the strength in agri-food research expertise across the N8 Research Partnership and to transform applied food security research. N8 AgriFood combines expertise across the natural and social sciences, including:

  • soil health
  • plant biology
  • crop and biofuel improvement
  • weed, pest and disease management
  • livestock health and wellbeing
  • human and animal nutrition
  • consumer behaviour and diet choice
  • globalisation, supply chains, fair trade and food economics
  • waste and resource management.

N8 AgriFood works with businesses to drive innovation and deliver social and economic impact from research. They collaborate with partners such as innovative businesses, farmers, agronomists, government and charities.

Project information

Catalyst funding £7,999,254
Total project funding £16,000,000
Project contacts

Professor Katherine Denby, Academic Director

Jonathan Oxley, Operations and Business Development Director

Contact details 

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Page last updated 9 November 2017

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