#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 Hannah Scarbrough at h.scarbrough@gw4.ac.uk, who will provide more information.

Greedy for collaboration

Our story started a few years ago when we got together in Falmouth following the award of a GW4 initiator grant. There were about a dozen of us from the GW4…

October 30, 2017 | Dr Mike Allen | Dr Chris Chuck | Professor Tom Scott Read Full Story

Bright SPARK: what does the future of social science research look like?

We hear from Professor Rick Delbridge on Cardiff University’s plans for a Social Science Research Park (SPARK) and how this ‘society super lab’ will drive interdisciplinary research and strengthen collaboration…

October 24, 2017 Read Full Story

BRINGING MAJOR HEALTH DISCOVERIES TO OUR DOORSTEP

We hear from Professor Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel on the game-changing potential of a new GW4 shared facility for microscopy, and how it will accelerate cutting-edge research projects across the Great West. Molecular…

September 1, 2017 | Professor Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel Read Full Story

HOW IS COLONIAL HISTORY REPRESENTED IN OUR REGIONAL HERITAGE?

The Great West region (South West England and South East Wales) has historically benefitted from the processes of violence, displacement, disfranchisement and unequal exchange that colonialism produced. Across the region…

August 3, 2017 | Liz Haines Read Full Story

CIVIC DATA COLLABORATION IN BATH – A MODEL FOR THE UK?

In 2012, the Harvard Business Review, seemingly without irony, declared the Data Scientist the “sexiest job of the 21st century”. This showed that complex data analysis had truly arrived as a tool of…

July 28, 2017 | Jon Poole Read Full Story

SETSQUARED: FOCUSSED ON GROWTH

Over the last 15 years, the SETsquared Partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey has established a successful track-record based on unlocking economic growth from the commercialisation of research, incubation and collaboration with businesses.During this period and in order to ‘feed’ these initiatives, the Partnership has also launchedprogrammes to develop the…

July 19, 2017 | Simon Bond Read Full Story