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Our Vision

Our vision


As an alliance of four of the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK – Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, and Exeter – collaboration is at the heart of everything we do.

It makes us greater together than the sum of our parts. Because we understand that change doesn’t happen alone.

Formed in 2013, the GW4 Alliance was officially launched at the House of Commons in October 2014 and is funded by our member universities to promote collaboration and innovation.

We build research capacity to tackle global challenges and provide a rich environment to develop the researchers of tomorrow.

We work with many other universities, businesses, and civic bodies, acting as the anchor institutions in a region uniquely placed to support the UK Government’s levelling up agenda and boost economic growth.

We will work at pace and scale to:

  • add value by creating research and innovation that address some of the biggest challenges and priorities facing society, inform policy and attract investment to support regional economic growth, address regional skills needs and raise the national and international profile of our universities’ activities;
  • help our universities to identify and develop new internal and external collaborations, building strategic partnerships to provide co-created solutions and increase our impact;
  • provide sector-leading opportunities for research and training for our postgraduate and early career researchers and our technical staff, increasing diversity and inclusion, and enhancing research culture;
  • enable and support shared cutting-edge equipment, infrastructure, and capabilities.

Download our strategic vision below

GW4 Strategic Vision (English)

GW4 Strategic Vision (Welsh)

GW4 Strategic Vision

University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Exeter