N8 Group is formed by eight research-intensive universities in northern England:

Durham University
- Durham is the No. 1 university in the UK for its impact of scientific research, according to the Times Higher Education Supplement's citation rankings.

Lancaster University
- 75% of Lancaster University Management School’s research activity has been assessed as world leading or internationally excellent (RAE 2008).

University of Leeds
- A top research university in the country, rated 14th in the UK for research quality and 8th place for research power (RAE 2008).

University of Liverpool
- 41 departments gained the ratings of 4, 5 and 5* in the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2001.

University of Manchester
- rated 3rd nationally in the research power ranking (uses a quality score (grade point average) times the number of full-time equivalent staff submitted).
- rated 4th based on the overall volume of staff within 4* quality levels.

Newcastle University
-40 areas of research gained the top ratings of 4, 5 and 5* in the RAE 2001.

University of Sheffield
- placed among the Top 10 universities for research power in the Russell Group, according to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.

University of York
- 1st for teaching and 6th for research in the last RAE 2001.
- named Top University in Yorkshire & Humberside by the Complete University Guide.
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek