#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.

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

MAKING THE VOICE OF THE GREAT WEST HEARD AHEAD OF THE GENERAL ELECTION

The Prime Minister’s call for a General Election on 8 June 2017 provides an opportunity for the Great West region to make its voice heard on critical issues for our…

April 18, 2017 | Dr. Sarah Perkins Read Full Story

CONNECTING AND COLLABORATING IN THE CLUSTER

Life sciences by its very nature is a collaborative discipline. This is true in both a research and a business context, where collaborations are often more successful and have more…

April 12, 2017 | Dr Penny Owen Read Full Story

MOBILISING THE POTENTIAL OF THE GREAT WESTERN FORCE

With the launch of the new Industrial Strategy Green Paper, the UK Government has signaled its intent to develop a place-based approach to build upon distinct industrial assets and innovation potential…

April 6, 2017 | Professor Gill Bristow Read Full Story

ISAMBARD COULD BE THE START OF A ‘NEW GENERATION’ OF SUPERCOMPUTERS

Over the last 15 years or so, supercomputer architectures have remained relatively unchanged. As older architectures have started to hit significant technical challenges, new architectures have begun to emerge. Some…

March 27, 2017 | Professor Simon McIntosh-Smith Read Full Story