The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.9m in 93 collaborative research communities, which have generated over £46m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures over £15 in external research awards.

The GW4 Alliance has adopted the Russell Group Research Integrity Statement of cooperation in cross-institutional research misconduct allegations, which aims to support the efforts of researcher communities to foster research integrity (also known as good practice in research or the responsible conduct of research).

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MODERN BRITISH POLITICS AND HISTORY

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015  

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Cutts
University of Bristol: Mark Wickham-Jones (PI), Hugh Pemberton, Sarah Childs
Cardiff University: Peter Dorey
University of Exeter: David Thackeray 

Project overview

The project will bring together a varied but coherent group of historians and political scientists to explore issues of common interest in British Politics and Contemporary British History. 


URL – UNDERSTANDING RELIGION AND LAW: MUSLIMS, FATWAS AND MUFTIS IN THE UK

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: July 2016 – March 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Julian Rivers
Cardiff UniversitySophie Gilliat-Ray and Mustafa Baig (now Exeter)
University of Exeter: Robert Gleave (PI)

Project overview

Through the work of the project we aim to address the issues of how an inclusive, innovative and reflective society which recognises religious diversity might be further developed.


THE EVIDENCE INFORMATION SERVICE PROMOTING GW4 RESEARCH ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Hannah Durrant, Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Deborah Wilson, Georgina Brereton, Alexia MacDonald
Cardiff University: Andrew Kythreotis (PI), Chris Chambers, Gerard O’Grady 

University of Exeter: Natalia Lawrence 

Project overview

The overarching aim of this research is to determine the utility and feasibility of establishing a new UK Evidence Information Service (EIS). The primary goal of EIS would be to act as a rapid matchmaker to connect the UK academic community and policy makers (including parliamentarians) in the service of evidence-based public policy. 


Centre for media and criminal justice studies

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Sarah Moore (PI) 
University of Bristol: Alex Clayton, Eleanor Rycroft
Cardiff University: Inaki Garcia-Blanco

University of Exeter: Sarah Cooper 

Project overview

Our research community brings together academics from the social sciences, arts, and humanities to understand the production, distribution, and reception of as-live courtroom footage. From this we aim to identify how courtroom broadcasting might influence public confidence, trust, and knowledge about criminal justice. 


WATER SECURITY ALLIANCE

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: July 2016 – November 2016 

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Jan Hofman
University of Bristol: Thorsten Wagener
Cardiff University: Isabelle Durance (PI) 
University of Exeter: Zoran Kapelan 

Project overview 

Our aim is to create the ‘Water Security Alliance’, a long-term alliance bringing together research excellence, infrastructure and partnerships from the GW4 institutions with expertise in water research.