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

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

The National Trust





The GW4 – National Trust Partnership supports new research, innovation and creative collaborations across five priority areas where the National Trust and GW4 share ambitious strategic priorities.

The GW4-National Trust Partnership is focused on creating and developing cross-organisational, multi-disciplinary research and knowledge-led communities. Our research will advance understandings of nature, culture and heritage generating the evidence we need to meet some of the most challenging environmental and social issues of our time. By working collaboratively, our research is informed by practice ensuring rapid adoption of new and tested approaches to conservation and curation, the long-term sustainability and relevance of National Trust places and collections, and increasing public and wellbeing benefits of access to nature and heritage.

With 5.37 million members, more than 50,000 volunteers and 10,000 staff, the National Trust is now the biggest conservation charity in Europe, caring for more than 250,000 hectares of farmland, more than 780 miles of coastline and 500 historic properties, gardens and nature reserves. The National Trust is recognised as an Independent Research Organisation (IRO) by UKRI. Read more about research at the National Trust here

You can find out more about the GW4-National Trust Partnership by following the links to the five priority areas or contacting the Research Co-ordinator, Rosamund Davis.

This initiative is supported with funds from the Bridging the Gaps 2 project. BTG2 encourages collaboration between universities, cultural organisations and local authorities across South West England and South East Wales.

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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).