#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.

Collaborative research that punches above its weight

Since GW4 was established in 2013, we have been committed to supporting authentic collaboration between our universities, founded on the pursuit of research excellence. We have to date funded 68…

December 7, 2017 | Professor Nick Talbot Read Full Story

Why arts and humanities research is much more than just content

One thing that has emerged are the ways that the arts and humanities, like any academic discipline, contribute specific content to the wider world. That could be content about a…

November 21, 2017 | Professor Tim Cole Read Full Story

Smart cities are set to change the landscape of the Great West

The dynamics around the globe are shifting: the UN’s report in World's Cities in 2016 estimated 54.5 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements in 2016. By…

November 13, 2017 | Julie Snell Read Full Story


Today’s Great West Research and Innovation Day is a major milestone in GW4’s development, marking the launch of our new Vision, which outlines how we will develop pioneering, collaborative endeavours…

October 31, 2017 | Dr. Sarah Perkins Read Full Story

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