#GreatThinking for the Great West
The GW4 Alliance is bringing together leading experts to debate and shape the future of the Great West.  We provide opinion on the latest policy developments and showcase the strengths and aspirations of our region.

If you are interested in writing for the series, please contact GW4 Communications Officer Nichola Purdue at info@gw4.ac.uk, who will provide more information.

Can new £5bn franchise transform rail services?

The plans for the Wales and Borders franchise are ambitious, reflected in the £5bn contract awarded to KeolisAmey by Transport for Wales. The flagship development is the regeneration of the…

June 8, 2018 | Andrew Potter Read Full Story

Taking technology from academic theory to commercial reality

Ultrahaptics has created a technology that allows people to feel virtual shapes, objects, and controls in mid-air. No gloves or handheld controllers are needed – the technology, which we call…

May 8, 2018 | Orestis Georgiou Read Full Story

Collaborative research to improve health and care

  Collaboration has increasingly become the watchword to guide research and health improvement. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do in the CLAHRC – the clue is in…

April 4, 2018 | Jenny Donovan | Lara Edwards Read Full Story

Cutting through: overcoming the barriers to academic engagement with policy processes

A substantial recent study, led by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), examined the role of academic research in the UK Parliament. Findings revealed that, while research in…

March 26, 2018 | Dr Lindsay Walker | Dr Lindsey Pike | Marsha Wood | Dr Hannah Durrant Read Full Story

Data science and changing mindsets at the Office for National Statistics

In May 2016 I had just finished an intensely hectic spell in ONS’s Finance Directorate, preparing our 2015 Spending Review bid and negotiating the financial settlement for the following four…

March 20, 2018 | Peter Fullerton Read Full Story

What does the Industrial Strategy’s place-based agenda mean for the Great West?

The UK government has made ‘places’ one of its five foundations of productivity in its White Paper Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future, released on 27 November…

March 13, 2018 | Dr Felicia Fai Read Full Story