#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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Communal Values and Shared Aspirations: GW4 Crucible 2022

When I applied for the GW4 Crucible 2022 Programme, I could not foresee how enriching this experience could have been. As an ancient historian who studies religious rituals as affective…

October 24, 2022 | Irene Salvo Read Full Story

Looking Across Disciplines: GW4 Crucible 2022

GW4 Crucible 2022 Labs “Building Back Better: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing Research” It was a dark and stormy morning in February 2022 that I set off for…

October 24, 2022 | Josie Henley Read Full Story

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