#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.

Bringing Space Technologies to the South West

What is the European Space Agency’s regional strategy? The vision of ESA Business Applications is to improve the lives of people on Earth through Space. We make this possible by…

March 5, 2019 | Donna Lyndsay Read Full Story

Making connections between our archives and digital technology

The ‘GW4 Treasures’ consist of each institutions’ Special Collections and Archives holdings. When taken together these contain of over 10km of rare books, 5km of manuscripts and include archives from…

December 19, 2018 | Dr Michael Goodman Read Full Story

Using the 3Rs to support excellent science across GW4

Where did the idea of having regional posts come from? In 2014 the NC3Rs conducted interviews with key scientific opinion formers for the development of its ten-year vision. Many of…

November 30, 2018 | Dr Jessica Eddy Read Full Story

The Rise of the Innovation Campus

Popular histories tend to explain innovation in terms of heroic entrepreneurs – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, James Dyson and the like – who triumph over adversity. Although there is a…

September 25, 2018 | Professor Kevin Morgan Read Full Story

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