View guides

Lancaster VC Appointed as N8 Chair of Board of Directors

Posted by Richard Ward in

Image courtesy of Flickr, Creative Commons

THE N8 Research Partnership (N8) has appointed Professor Mark E Smith, Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University to succeed Professor Koen Lamberts as Chair of the N8 Board of Directors.

N8 represents a collaboration of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England with the goal of maximise the impact of this research.

Professor Smith will become responsible for oversight of strategic research collaborations with business and public sector research users, as well as ensuring engagement with Government officials, industry, research funders and others.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: "I am very pleased to be able to take up this role of Chair of the N8 Board of Directors. Under Prof Lamberts' leadership over the last two years, the partnership has made great strides."

"Our research strengths in agri-food, bio-economy, digital creativity and life sciences, allied to the development of collaborations with business and industry, are producing innovative thinking, creating new jobs and contributing to tackling issues ranging from climate change and food security to urban transformation and the search for new medicines."

Professor Smith has been vice chancellor at Lancaster since 2012 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and holds a number of external appointments.