Open, Collaborative, Resourceful
GW4 is an alliance which combines the intellectual capacity and physical resources of the four leading research-intensive universities in the South West of England and Wales: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.
We employ over 8,000 academic staff members, who in turn support over 22,000 postgraduate taught and research students, and have a combined turnover well in excess of £1 billion, and £296 million in research grants and contracts income.
Discover the Benefits of GW4
Individually we host 23 Research Councils UK-funded doctoral training programmes and are involved in a further eight hosted by other universities.
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Addressing ‘Gender-based Violence’
Identifying gaps in GBV research that crosses one or more of health, justice, welfare and security.
Advancing the State of the Art in Damage Detection in Metallic and Composite Structures
A modular system approach utilising energy harvesting and wireless communication for industrial applications.
Algal Valorisation and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage
Developing an algal-based system for combined remediation and valorisation of acid mine drainage (AMD).
Developing an agenda for social science and humanities research on emerging urban issues.
AVaRICE: Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents
Using algae to reduce the cost of Acid Mine Drainage.
Bio and Biomimetic Materials
Bringing together groups from the Physical and Life sciences to form new collaborations in Bio- and Bio-mimetic materials.
Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures
Exploring the creation of unique membrane-like materials and establishing their functionalities.
Child Injury Research Community (CIRC)
Understanding the influential factors behind childhood head injuries.
Children and Young People’s Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaboration
Developing and evaluating complex interventions within educational settings.
Climate Extremes and Variability – Evaluating the Risks (CLEVER)
Building a GW4 network to quantitatively evaluate the risks of extremes in climate and its variability.
Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM)
Harnessing expertise in CBM to impact on real world outcomes.
Collective Human-Information Interaction (CHI2)
Exploring this emerging area to answer some of the grand challenges.
Composites for Enhanced Lightning Performance
Developing innovative lightweight materials and coatings with improved properties under lightning strike.
Dying Well After a Long Life
Focussing research on multiple morbidities in late old age, for those with fewer cognitive, familial and social resources.
Emotion and Non-verbal Communication in Social and Economic Interactions
Examining the role of emotion and non-verbal communication in social and economic interactions.
Innovative approaches to solving challenges around the environment and advanced materials.
Functional Materials Far from Equilibrium
Addressing an important bottleneck in the development of novel technological devices.
GW4 Environmental Humanities
How do historical experience, cultural values and meanings of landscape and place motivate sustainable behavior?
GW4 Epigenetics Consortium
Building networks and collaborations across the GW4 epigenetics community to identify grand challenges.
GW4 Imaging Network
Creating a GW4 community where ideas and imaging analysis methods are shared.
GW4 Medieval Studies
Offering an unmatched range of expertise under three themed topics.
GW4 Synthetic Biology Showcase
Building a synthetic biology community across GW4.
Health-related Behaviour Change Interventions
Creating a multidisciplinary network to examine growing public health concerns.
Large Scale Brain Networks in Health and Disease
Addressing the role of large scale brain networks in health and disease.
Modern British History and Politics
Exploring issues of common interest to political scientists and historians.
Nanoscale Sensors for Healthcare and the Environment [NANOSENSE]
Developing a radically new set of multifunctional sensors that will make a major impact.
Paramagnetic Species for Catalysis and Materials Applications
Using shared resources and expertise to develop new studies in paramagnetism and magnetism.
Plant-Soil Responses to Environmental Extremes
Improving the understanding of the plant-soil zone in the face of climate change.
Risk in Contemporary Security Discourse
Examining contemporary security and risk dynamics within international relations.
Southwest Quantum Technologies Group (SWQT)
Combining world-leading expertise in quantum information processing, to advance the development of new quantum technologies.
The GW4 Aging and Dementia (GW4AD) Consortium
Collaborating on dementia research across GW4 and the NHS.
The Impact of Offshore Windfarms on Marine Organisms
A multidisciplinary approach to the questions surrounding Offshore renewable energy.
The Role of Science in Society and Policy
When the public is sceptical of the best available science, or policy makers resist action, how should scientists respond?
Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System
Creating solutions to the challenges of aircraft wing inspection.
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