#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

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

Data science and changing mindsets at the Office for National Statistics

In May 2016 I had just finished an intensely hectic spell in ONS’s Finance Directorate, preparing our 2015 Spending Review bid and negotiating the financial settlement for the following four…

March 20, 2018 | Peter Fullerton Read Full Story

What does the Industrial Strategy’s place-based agenda mean for the Great West?

The UK government has made ‘places’ one of its five foundations of productivity in its White Paper Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future, released on 27 November…

March 13, 2018 | Dr Felicia Fai Read Full Story

Telling a story: engaging new audiences in doctoral research

When one of the University of Exeter’s former PhD and postdoctoral researchers, Jenni Sanderson, organised a workshop on science communication for children, we had no idea that the end result…

March 9, 2018 | Dr Nadia Andreani | Dr Emmanuelle Briolat | Matthew Creasey | Andrew Szopa-Comley | Dr Caitlin Kight | Sarah Nelms Read Full Story

Making opera accessible through digital innovation

At Welsh National Opera, we are always seeking new artistic projects to make opera more accessible. We are aware of the stereotypes that still cling to the art form –…

February 26, 2018 | David Massey Read Full Story

What can Oresund Bridge teach us about cross-border growth?

8th January was the beginning of the end for the Severn Bridge Toll, but did it mark a new dawn for economic ties between the West of England and South…

February 6, 2018 | Kye Parkin Read Full Story