GW4 Opportunities

GW4 offers a range of funding and development opportunities across our four universities, available to both staff and doctoral students to support the research endeavour (including collaborative research networks, expert training opportunities and shared resources e.g. GW4 Treasures and shared equipment).

Benefits for staff and
doctoral students

Benefits for staff

GW4 Travel Bursaries

GW4 Early Career Symposia Scheme

Online Collaboration Guides

GW4 Shared Training Scheme

Technical Staff Professional Registration Scheme

GW4 Crucible

GW4 Research Communities

Tailored Workshops


Benefits for staff and doctoral students

Travel Bursaries

GW4 PGRs

Travel bursaries are available to GW4 PGRs. Specifics on eligibility, maximum refundable amounts, etc. are detailed in the application guidelines. Please ensure that you have read these before applying.

To apply for a travel bursary complete the online GW4 PGR Travel Bursary Application Form.

For more information email talentandskills@gw4.ac.uk.

Technical staff

GW4 offers a competitive travel bursary scheme for technical staff at GW4 Universities to visit other GW4 institutions to share best practice, gain experience with equipment or resources, or to develop technical skills through work shadowing.

Please note applications to this scheme are now closed.

Find out more.

GW4 Technical Staff Professional Registration Scheme

GW4 is offering a competitive professional registration scheme for technical staff at GW4 Universities to become members of professional bodies and learned societies. Our aim is to enhance the visibility of technical staff by enabling them to gain recognition of their knowledge, experience and leadership skills within and across the partner institutions.

Please note applications to this scheme are now closed.

Find out more.

GW4 Early Career Symposia Scheme

The purpose of this award is to create a space for postgraduate researchers and early career researchers to showcase their research, develop their management skills, and raise their profile by leading a Creative Economy, Climate or AMR symposium.

Please note applications to this scheme are now closed.

Find out more.

Online Collaboration Guides

GW4 PGRs

This resource includes presentations, advice and activities around research collaboration for postgraduate research students. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal – find out more and sign up.

GW4 Staff

Discover GW4’s expert guide to help you plan and manage your research collaboration. It contains advice and experiences from a range of academics from the GW4 Alliance and beyond. Based upon real experiences, this guide features the benefits, challenges and processes of collaboration. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal – find out more and sign up.

GW4 Shared Training Scheme

Want to do a workshop or course at another GW4 institution? Staff and postgraduate research students can benefit from access to training and resources from across the four institutions.

Follow the links to view the available options and contact the relevant office for more details.

Institution  PGR Staff
Bath Researcher development programme
Email: doctoralskills@bath.ac.uk
Academic Staff Development
Contact: Jeanette Mueller.
Email: acdev@bath.ac.uk
Bristol Personal and Professional Development Programme
Email: doctoral-college@bristol.ac.uk
Academic Staff Development
Contact: Katie Manktelow.
Email: asd-course@bristol.ac.uk
Cardiff Workshops and event programme
Email: doctoral-academy@cardiff.ac.uk
The Cardiff Researcher
Contact: Christian Gillard.
Email: researcherdevelopment@cardiff.ac.uk
Exeter Researcher development courses
Cornwall campus -Researcher development courses
Email: researcherdevelopment@exeter.ac.uk
Researcher Development Courses
Email: ResearcherDevelopment@exeter.ac.uk

Benefits for staff

GW4 Crucible

GW4 Crucible brings together talented and innovative researchers from the GW4 institutions and develops each of them as a researcher, leader and collaborator.

GW4 RESEARCH COMMUNITIES

The GW4 Building Communities Programme is designed to build research communities of scale and capability with the aim to deliver a step change in world-class research which could only be achieved through collaborative working across the institutions.

Our Building Communities Generator Fund supports both the creation of new GW4 communities and the development of the strongest ideas emerging from our existing communities.

Generator funding (up to £20K) can be used as a stand-alone award or, in conjunction with other sources of funding. Our hope is for most communities to use the Generator Fund as a step towards applying for external funding.

Please note this funding call is now closed.

For more information please refer to the GW4 Building Communities Fund Guidance or contact the GW4 Building Communities team by emailing communities@gw4.ac.uk.

Tailored Workshops

GW4 Tailored Workshops are facilitated workshops to support the development of GW4 research collaborations. We will work with you to design a bespoke workshop, led by an expert facilitator, that will support the development and progression of your GW4 research community.

Please read the GW4 Tailored Workshops Guidelines and send the completed GW4 Tailored Workshops Application Form to the GW4 Talent and Skills Officer at talentandskills@gw4.ac.uk.

DIY TAILORED WORKSHOPS GUIDE

Want to facilitate your own tailored workshop for your research community? GW4 can help with that too.

With the help of an expert facilitator, we have put together guidelines for self-run DIY workshops. There are three suggested workshop templates to choose from, helping you deliver the right workshop for your research group’s needs.

The guide is available on the GW4 Portal.