About GW4

The GW4 Alliance (GW4) is a consortium of four of the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. We are the only research alliance to collaborate across England and a devolved administration.

Collaboration sits at the very heart of the GW4 Alliance, which is what makes us greater than the sum of our parts. Working with other organisations, industry, and society, GW4 aims to enhance research collaboration; address global, societal, and industrial challenges; and inform policy at national and international levels. 

The GW4 Alliance was initially formed in 2013 and officially launched at the House of Commons in October 2014. The GW4 Alliance is funded by our member universities to promote collaboration and innovation. We build research capacity, at scale, to tackle global challenges and provide a rich environment in which to develop the researchers of tomorrow.

GW4 is focused on developing priority research themes in response to global challenges facing society today: Climate Resilience and Antimicrobial Resistance. GW4 also develops flagship research communities and innovation, including the largest UK water research consortium, The GW4 Water Security Alliance, our strategic research partnership with the National Trust, and our supercomputer GW4 Isambard.