South West England and South East Wales Science and Innovation Audit


Invitation to submit South West England and South East Wales Science and Innovation Audit (SWW-SIA)

The UK government invited a consortium of GW4 Alliance, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Plymouth University, key businesses and Local Enterprise Partnerships across the South West England and South East Wales region to participate in the first wave of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Science and Innovation Audit.

SWW-SIA provided a unique opportunity to bring these partners together to identify areas of world-leading research and innovation, including aerospace, microelectronics, energy generation, environmental technologies, and digital systems.

SWW-SIA found that the region can lead the UK and compete with the world in advanced engineering and digital innovation.

Advanced engineering

The region is home to the largest aerospace sector in the UK and pioneering automotive, nuclear and marine renewables and microelectronics industries.

Digital innovation

SWW is  synonymous with digital innovation: home to the largest silicon design cluster outside of the USA; more climate expertise than any other area worldwide; global powerhouse microelectronics industry; a national exemplar for smart cities.

Conclusion of SWW-SIA

The conclusion of SWW-SIA is that better integration of scientific and industrial strengths in the region could be driven by a series of strategic investments in Advanced Engineering and Digital Innovation. In the immediate-term, SWW-SIA underlined the importance of new capabilities afforded by the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, and recommended fully funding the proposed Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS), and Composites Excellence – with National Composites Materials Centre.

The full SWW-SIA Report, Executive Summary and Annexes can be found below.

SWW SIA Main Report

SWW SIA Summary Report

SWW SIA All Annexes

SWW SIA Annexes A-F

SWW SIA Annex G Engineering Theme

SWW SIA Annex H Energy Theme

SWW SIA Annex I Next Generation Microelectronics

SWW SIA Annex J Digital Living

SWW SIA Annex K Resilience

SWW SIA Annex L National Data

SWW SIA Annex M Skills

SWW SIA Annex N Business Cases