#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 an opinion piece, please email info@gw4.ac.uk

Online events in the COVID-19 era: experience from the GW4 Early Career Symposia scheme 2020

If someone had told us (essentially 13 strangers from the GW4 institutions) eight months ago that we would host a successful, week-long online conference, we probably would not have believed…

January 28, 2021 | Rebecca Weiser | Hannah Serrage | Gemma Lasseter | Charlie Colenso Read Full Story

Imagine planet B – Reflections on the GW4 Early Career Researcher Symposium: ‘Climate Change: Science & Society’

Over the past centuries, the climate has changed fundamentally, but so too has human perception of the weather and our natural environment. We stopped hunting mammoths and dancing around our…

January 28, 2021 | Jennifer Michel Read Full Story

For humanity to thrive, we need engineers who can lead with a conscience

Creativity and innovation have been the drivers of social, economic and cultural progress for millennia. The Industrial Revolution accelerated our capacities and there has been exponential growth ever since –…

December 18, 2020 | Dr Hadi Abulrub Read Full Story

Cherishing our GW4 Treasures

This year has seen quite a step-change for the GW4 Special Collections and Archives Group to keep our collections safe and our content open to research. With a combined collection…

October 7, 2020 | Alan Vaughan Hughes Read Full Story

The COVID outbreak and AMR

Even with the final quarter yet to start, it is safe to say that 2020 has not been the year that we had all planned or expected. As a respiratory…

September 28, 2020 | Philip Mitchelmore Read Full Story

Climate Assembly UK gives mandate to policy-makers to take bold action on climate change

This month saw the launch of the report from first UK-wide citizens’ assembly on climate change, Climate Assembly UK. The report is significant because it gives a clear mandate to…

September 23, 2020 | Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh Read Full Story