Benefits for Doctoral Students

If you choose to do your PhD at the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff or Exeter, you will be part of a globally competitive research network: the GW4 Alliance.

GW4 offers a variety of benefits to postgraduate research students registered at any of its four institutions, including access to a collaborative research network, expert training opportunities and shared resources (e.g. GW4 Treasures and shared equipment).

You can network with senior academics and postgraduate researchers across the South West England and South East Wales region to develop research that competes on the world stage.


PGR Mental Wellness


Research and Professional Skills Training




Travel bursaries are now available to GW4 PGRs.

Specifics on eligibility, maximum refundable amounts, etc. are detailed in the application guidelines. Please ensure that you have read these before filling in your application form.

Send your completed application to

If you have any questions about this scheme, please email or call 01179289153.


PGR Mental Wellness: call for Expressions of Interest – Now Closed

The initiative consist of two parts: the call for Expressions of Interest (no costings or details are required at this stage) and subsequent ‘sandpit’ style workshop, anticipated to take place in April 2019, the outcome of which will be between one and four collaboratively produced proposals.

Deadline: 5pm Monday 4th February 2019

Submissions: Complete this form and submit to the PGR Manager at:

Background: A Postgraduate Research degree is a unique experience for the researcher, but also carries with it a set of very specific and challenging demands. Within the GW4 Alliance of Universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter) the Postgraduate Researcher Workstream is motivated to develop a supportive environment for researchers.
In this new initiative, we want to enable the PGR student community to suggest and evolve new ideas to support positive PGR Mental Health and Wellbeing across GW4. There are, of course, already lots of activities in this space at each of the four GW4 Universities. Nevertheless, we would like to take this opportunity to sponsor ideas that will address the GW4 community, and also to stimulate bottom-up ideas directly from the student community. The GW4 PGR Workstream, which consist of specialist staff working with PGR students at each of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, have consulted with colleagues in the Wellbeing and Mental Health services at their respective Universities to help frame this call for ideas.

Information: Your local doctoral college will be happy to discuss your proposal with you in advance of submission. Please contact the relevant college below:

Bristol Doctoral College:
Bath Doctoral College
Exeter Doctoral College:
Cardiff Doctoral Academy:



The purpose of this award is to fund new student-led discipline-specific research training for postgraduate research students studying at GW4 universities.

Call Name: Doctoral Student Training Scheme

Call Deadline: 11:59pm 1st February 2019

Applications to be submitted to:

Download: Application form

Download: GW4 Doctoral Student Training Scheme Guidelines



Research and Professional Skills Training

We are piloting a series of doctoral skills training events and resources, exploring the opportunities and challenges of collaborative research.

Postgraduate research students benefit from access to skills training and resources from across the four institutions.

Follow the links to view the available options and contact the relevant office for more details. In your email please state what session you wish to attend as well as your full name, course of study, university and student ID number. In the subject line, please put: ‘GW4 attendance at [name of workshop or event, date of workshop or event]’.

Priority will be given to each university’s own students.

University of Bath

Researcher development programme

Request a place:

University of Bristol

Personal and Professional Development Programme

Request a place:

Cardiff University

Workshops and event programme

Request a place:

University of Exeter

Webinars at University of Exeter open to GW4 doctoral researchers

Researcher development courses at Exeter

Researcher development courses at Cornwall campus

*Webinars* (the registration process for these is the same as for other training courses – see top of page)

Request a place:



This resource includes presentations, advice and activities around research collaboration for postgraduate research students. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal – find out more and sign up.