Our Strategic Partnerships

Collaboration is at the heart of GW4. In addition to our strategic partners, we work with over 400 external partners including global businesses, research organisations, government bodies and third sector organisations to develop new research, train future academic and industry leaders and develop innovative solutions, which recognise and build on our region’s strengths.

If you are interested in working with us or developing a collaborative initiative, we want to hear from you.
Contact info@gw4.ac.uk for more information.

The National Trust

The Alan Turing Institute – GW4 Data Science Network

National Centre for the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

The National Trust





Our strategic research partnership with the National Trust builds on our previous investment in the Bridging the Gap project which encouraged collaboration between universities, cultural organisations and local authorities in South West England and South East Wales.

During 2020-21, the partnership will initiate a number of new research, innovation and creative collaborations designed to advance the National Trust and GW4 ambitious strategic priorities. The partnership has identified five priority areas in which the National Trust and GW4 share expertise and on which efforts will initially focus:

Multidisciplinary research teams will develop projects and research bids to help tackle these complex social and global challenges.

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GW4 Data Science Network





The GW4 Data Science Network acts as hub for news, events and funding opportunities in data science research that are available to staff and students throughout the GW4 Alliance. In particular, the Network will highlight opportunities and events coming from The Alan Turing Institute that are open to all GW4 universities.

The Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the UK.  The Turing was established with the remit to innovate and develop world-class research in data science and AI that supports next generation theoretical developments and is applied to real-world problems, generating the creation of new businesses, services and jobs.

The GW4 Data Science Network aims to capitalise on the upcoming opportunities that GW4 partners can access via the membership of two University partners (Bristol and Exeter) of The Alan Turing Institute.

The Network has administrative support in all university partners, with a hub at the Jean Golding Institute at the University of Bristol. For more details please contact Elaine Young at gw4-turingnetwork@bristol.ac.uk.

Members of the GW4 Alliance are able to see the latest opportunities and events using the GW4 Data Science Network Portal. If you do not already have access to the GW4 portal please request access via our webpage. Once this has been approved, please email Elaine Young for access to the GW4 Data Science Network.






The NC3Rs is a government-backed organisation that works with scientists and organisations across the bioscience sector to develop and implement new technologies and approaches that replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs).

Dr Jessica Eddy is the Regional Programme Manager for Cardiff and the South West of England, co-funded by the NC3Rs and GW4. Jessica supports the application of the 3Rs across the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. This includes providing expert advice and co-ordinating the sharing of best practice.

NC3Rs/GW4 poster – working together to advance the 3Rs within universities (Oct 19).