RSP Member - Northumbria University

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. The University, which has its origins in the Rutherford College founded in 1880, is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne and operates satellite campuses in London and Amsterdam to enhance its national and international reach.  

Newcastle Business School at Northumbria is one of the country’s largest business school and also the home of the Northumbria Centre for Innovation, Regional Transformation and Entrepreneurship (iNCITE).  The centre’s main focus is on innovation, entrepreneurship and regional development and brings together 43 researchers, plus associated PhD students.  iNCITE has a specific mission to provide a centre of expertise for policymakers and business in the North East of England, but we also engage internationally with partners to produce globally significant research.

The main research themes of the centre include:

  • The governance of innovation, science and knowledge
  • Universities, commercialisation and regional engagement
  • Entrepreneurship and SME development, rural enterprise
  • Regional governance and leadership, and the process of regional development
  • Creativity and place including creative and cultural industries, and tourism strategies
  • Digital infrastructures and innovation
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Social innovation
  • Public service innovation and partnerships

Northumbria’s research has been influential in many fields from science and technology and medicine through to business and public sector management.  With strong connections to the North of Tyne Combined Authority, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the Borderlands Initiative, Northumbria is committed to working with policy-makers to address the social and economic needs of this very rural region.


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