#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.

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

Telling a story: engaging new audiences in doctoral research

When one of the University of Exeter’s former PhD and postdoctoral researchers, Jenni Sanderson, organised a workshop on science communication for children, we had no idea that the end result…

March 9, 2018 | Dr Nadia Andreani | Dr Emmanuelle Briolat | Matthew Creasey | Andrew Szopa-Comley | Dr Caitlin Kight | Sarah Nelms Read Full Story

Making opera accessible through digital innovation

At Welsh National Opera, we are always seeking new artistic projects to make opera more accessible. We are aware of the stereotypes that still cling to the art form –…

February 26, 2018 | David Massey Read Full Story

What can Oresund Bridge teach us about cross-border growth?

8th January was the beginning of the end for the Severn Bridge Toll, but did it mark a new dawn for economic ties between the West of England and South…

February 6, 2018 | Kye Parkin Read Full Story

‘Western Powerhouse’ success will rely on research, innovation and training

This week’s ‘Severn Growth Summit’, convened by the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP, sought to replicate this success and drum up support for cross-border collaboration.…

January 24, 2018 | Dr. Sarah Perkins Read Full Story

Will Wales’ economic strategies weather the post-Brexit storm?

A bit like the proverbial bus, we had a long wait for a new economic strategy and suddenly two appear at the same time. But by any standards, December was…

January 18, 2018 | Professor Kevin Morgan Read Full Story