#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.

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Making sense of COVID-19: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences response to the pandemic

COVID-19 has impacted our lives and communities in many ways over the last two and a half years. The successful development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine demonstrates one way research has…

June 30, 2022 | Pascale Aebischer | Havi Carel | Kathryn Body | Claire Gorrara Read Full Story

Igniting ideas: Creating a social science park to tackle major societal challenges

Our society is facing many complex challenges, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency. In our world of global connections and complications, we cannot expect such issues…

May 16, 2022 | Chris Taylor Read Full Story

What do TALENT Commission Report findings mean for the future of technicians? – A GW4 response

GW4 is an Alliance of four of the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. We establish collaborative ways of working and innovative forms…

February 22, 2022 | Sabrina Fairchild Read Full Story

Learning our lesson: Why we must teach kids about climate change

I don’t want to sound too dramatic, but climate change is an existential threat that demands we change how we live. From driving and flying less to eating and buying…

November 12, 2021 | Paul Howard-Jones Read Full Story

Mind the gap: why transport networks need to adapt to climate change

Natural disasters have grown in scale, frequency and severity over the past 20 years, and are likely to increase due to rapid urbanisation and climate change. Extreme weather, as a…

November 10, 2021 | Maria Pregnolato | Charles West Read Full Story

Priorities for the ‘levelling up’ agenda

Since the 2019 General Election, ‘levelling up’ has been a consistent phrase employed by government minsters and MPs, keen to emphasise a new commitment to boost the prosperity of so-called…

October 8, 2021 | Phil Tomlinson Read Full Story