#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.

CORNWALL: A KEY ELECTION BATTLEGROUND IN THE SOUTH WEST

On paper, Cornwall looks like a fascinating region to watch this General Election. The last time it was totally blue was back in the early 1900s, and in 2005 all…

June 2, 2017 | Dr Joanie Willett Read Full Story

ENGAGEMENT AND ANALYTICS: HOW EXETER IS DELIVERING PLACE-BASED CHANGE

Cities, and the unprecedented growth of urban environments, present both the greatest challenge and opportunity of our lifetime. As drivers of economic growth, cities are essential to modern life, but…

May 26, 2017 | Dr Liz O'Driscoll Read Full Story

DATA SCIENCE AND INNOVATION: MAKING THE MOST OF OUR REGIONAL EXPERTISE

Developing capacity for research and development in data science is now a major national priority. This much was clear when, in November 2015, the national Alan Turing Institute (ATI) officially launched–…

May 16, 2017 | Professor Stephen Fairhurst Read Full Story

HOW CAN UNIVERSITIES TACKLE THE CHALLENGES AND EXPLOIT THE OPPORTUNITIES OF BREXIT?

From the time that it became clear, on the morning of Friday 24 June 2016, that the UK had voted to leave the EU, academics have been absorbing, reacting to,…

May 5, 2017 | Professor Phil Syrpis Read Full Story

RE-INVENTING REGIONAL POLICY FOR POST-BREXIT BRITAIN

Regional policy was invented in Britain The first country to industrialise, Britain was also the first to de-industrialise when its heavy industries – coal, steel, shipbuilding and the like –…

May 2, 2017 | Professor Kevin Morgan Read Full Story

IS THE GREAT WEST ON THE VERGE OF AN ENERGY REVOLUTION?

That same Celtic area, which already has strong economic ties, is strengthening links through initiatives such as the GW4 Alliance (bringing together the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter),…

April 25, 2017 | David Clubb Read Full Story