#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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‘Western Powerhouse’ success will rely on research, innovation and training

This week’s ‘Severn Growth Summit’, convened by the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP, sought to replicate this success and drum up support for cross-border collaboration.…

January 24, 2018 | Dr. Sarah Perkins Read Full Story

Will Wales’ economic strategies weather the post-Brexit storm?

A bit like the proverbial bus, we had a long wait for a new economic strategy and suddenly two appear at the same time. But by any standards, December was…

January 18, 2018 | Professor Kevin Morgan Read Full Story

Lessons learned from interdisciplinary research leadership

Nine years ago, many of us at the University of Bristol set out to create a new kind of research institute, one that would draw together multiple disciplines to tackle…

January 11, 2018 | Professor Richard Pancost Read Full Story

Collaborative research that punches above its weight

Since GW4 was established in 2013, we have been committed to supporting authentic collaboration between our universities, founded on the pursuit of research excellence. We have to date funded 68…

December 7, 2017 | Professor Nick Talbot Read Full Story

Why arts and humanities research is much more than just content

One thing that has emerged are the ways that the arts and humanities, like any academic discipline, contribute specific content to the wider world. That could be content about a…

November 21, 2017 | Professor Tim Cole Read Full Story

Smart cities are set to change the landscape of the Great West

The dynamics around the globe are shifting: the UN’s report in World's Cities in 2016 estimated 54.5 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements in 2016. By…

November 13, 2017 | Julie Snell Read Full Story