#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

Using the 3Rs to support excellent science across GW4

Where did the idea of having regional posts come from? In 2014 the NC3Rs conducted interviews with key scientific opinion formers for the development of its ten-year vision. Many of…

November 30, 2018 | Dr Jessica Eddy Read Full Story

The Rise of the Innovation Campus

Popular histories tend to explain innovation in terms of heroic entrepreneurs – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, James Dyson and the like – who triumph over adversity. Although there is a…

September 25, 2018 | Professor Kevin Morgan Read Full Story

Can new £5bn franchise transform rail services?

The plans for the Wales and Borders franchise are ambitious, reflected in the £5bn contract awarded to KeolisAmey by Transport for Wales. The flagship development is the regeneration of the…

June 8, 2018 | Andrew Potter Read Full Story

Taking technology from academic theory to commercial reality

Ultrahaptics has created a technology that allows people to feel virtual shapes, objects, and controls in mid-air. No gloves or handheld controllers are needed – the technology, which we call…

May 8, 2018 | Orestis Georgiou Read Full Story

Collaborative research to improve health and care

  Collaboration has increasingly become the watchword to guide research and health improvement. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do in the CLAHRC – the clue is in…

April 4, 2018 | Jenny Donovan | Lara Edwards Read Full Story

Cutting through: overcoming the barriers to academic engagement with policy processes

A substantial recent study, led by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), examined the role of academic research in the UK Parliament. Findings revealed that, while research in…

March 26, 2018 | Dr Lindsay Walker | Dr Lindsey Pike | Marsha Wood | Dr Hannah Durrant Read Full Story