From the creative arts to the physical sciences, the GW4 Alliance brings together world-leading scholarship, infrastructure and expertise.

Our collaborative research communities address major global challenges and provide innovative solutions aligned to the Industrial Strategy. We are attracted the brightest and the best researchers to build a highly skilled workforce, strengthening our regional economy and addressing the UK’s productivity challenge. We connect our universities with major businesses, decision makers and local communities to champion research and innovation for the Great West.

Benefits for students in a GW4 studentship

Our students do their PhD at the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff or Exeter, where they are part of a globally competitive research network: the GW4 Alliance.

GW4 offers a variety of benefits to postgraduate research students registered at any of its four institutions, including access to a collaborative research network, expert training opportunities and shared resources (e.g. GW4 Treasures and shared equipment).

Our students network with senior academics and postgraduate researchers across the South West England and South East Wales region to develop research that competes on the world stage.

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