To date (June 2021) the GW4 Alliance has invested over £3.1m in 112 collaborative research communities, which have generated nearly £50m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures an impressive £16 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).

Explore our GW4 research communities by keyword or theme. (All communities are also listed below in order of award date with newest first).

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Stratify and Treat – a new horizon for type 1 diabetes after 100 years

Initiator fund

Project period: February – June 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bristol: Kathleen Gillespie, Alistair Williams, Anna Long 
Cardiff University: Danijela Tatovic, Colin Dayan, Susan Wong 
University of Exeter: Sarah Richardson (PI), Noel Morgan, Richard Oram, Angus Jones, Andrew Hattersley, Bev Shields, Tim McDonald

Project overview

The GW4 Type 1 Diabetes Centre of Excellence will reveal the causes of diabetes leading to improved patient stratification and tailored therapies

The Imaging Arthritis Consortium


Project period: February – July 2019 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Elise Pegg, Richie Gill
University of Bristol: Flossie Carpenter, Mike Whitehouse
Cardiff University: David Williams, Cathy Holt
University of Exeter: Ben Sherlock (PI) 

Project overview

The Imaging Arthritis Consortium will leverage leading experience and facilities for musculoskeletal imaging that exists across the GW4 to promote new collaborations in the field of musculoskeletal imaging. 

Using realistic review methodology to investigate digital health interventions for managing long-term conditions


Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Matthew Jones, Charlotte Dack
University of Bristol:  Sabrina Grant
Cardiff University: Judith Carrier (PI), Emma Lane, Valerie Sparkes, Roser BeneitoMontagut 

Project overview 

Digital health interventions to support people with long-term conditions, what works, for whom, in what circumstances? 



Project period: February – September 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Maria Garcia (PI) 
University of Bristol: Clair Gammage
Cardiff University: Jo Hunt
University of Exeter: David Thackeray

Project overview 

This community brings together academics, business representatives and stakeholders in the region to raise awareness and understanding of the intersections between trade policy and other domestic policies and to consider and identify pathways to influence future UK trade policies. 



Project period: January 2019 to June 2021

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Susan Milner (PI)

University of Bristol: Susan Harkness

Cardiff University: Melanie Jones, Alison Parken

University of Exeter: Emma Jeanes

Project overview

The aim of the project was initially to investigate how gender pay gap reporting regulations could be strengthened, and to look critically at the Equal Pay Act 1970 and Equality Act 2010 in order to identify gaps in the legislation and ways to strengthen it. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a major disruption to the labour market, with negative impacts for women. The project therefore redirected its focus to examine the impact of the pandemic and identify lessons for policy.

A biosocial approach to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in young people


Project period: September 2018 – April 2019 

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Sarah Halligan (PI)
University of Bristol: Abigail Fraser
Cardiff University: Stan Zammit
University of Exeter: Anke Karl 

Project overview 

Our goal is to leverage expertise from across GW4 in order to achieve a step change of our understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children and young people, with a particular focus on groups from low and middle income countries. 

A multi-stakeholder approach to medicines optimisation


Project period: September 2018 – January 2019 

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Margaret Watson (initial PI, now at Strathclyde)
University of Bristol: Rupert Payne (PI) 
University of Exeter: Nicky Britten
Cardiff University: Molly Courtenay 

Project overview 

Medicines Optimisation is the name of a relatively recent policy to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines and thus to enable the best possible outcomes. The project aimed to bring together expertise in this area across GW4, to identify the most salient research issues to take forward as a community. 

GW4-BCR (Brain Cancer Research)


Project period: September 2018 – April 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Lorenzo Caggiano (PI) and Julien Licchesi
University of Bristol: Kathreena Kurian
Cardiff University: Chris Marshall & Stephen Paisey
University of Exeter: Jacqueline Whatmore 

Project overview
From Daffodils to Drugs – this community will be investigating synthetic analogues of compounds found in daffodil bulbs to treat brain tumours.