GW4 Director's Update
October 2019

Welcome to the GW4 Newsletter: your spinetingling update of GW4 news, funding and development opportunities. Have no fear - this month’s newsletter is full of treats, no tricks! 

We officially celebrated our 5-year anniversary this month. Thank you to everyone who has contributed our our collaborative achievements to date, helped to celebrate our successes and share our exciting plans for the future. It was fantastic to see so many of our research communities, doctoral training programmes, world class facilities and partnerships showcased as part of our 5-year anniversary event. To date GW4 has invested over £4.6m in research, training and world class facilities. GW4’s total external grant income across our collaborative research communities and doctoral training programmes is over £123m. This means for every £1 spent, we've captured £27 in external income. As part of this, 
I am proud to say we have invested over £2.8m in 87 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges and have generated £37m in research income. We will continue to support our research communities and encourage new collaborations while also investing in our strategic research areas including Climate, Antimicrobial Resistance and Digital Innovation. Be sure to continue the celebrations on twitter #5yearsofGW4

In other news, the GW4 Crucible 2020 programme is now open for applications with the theme 'interdisciplinary approaches to tackling antimicrobial resistance' (AMR). If you are a GW4 researcher on cusp of independence with an interest in AMR, we encourage you to join us for this stimulating programme designed to foster leaders of the future. 

There's also still time to register for our GW4 3Rs Symposium, jointly hosted with the NC3Rs taking place at the University of Exeter in December (more details below). 
Check out our new videos to find out more about the GW4 Alliance, our achievements over the past five years and what GW4 can do for you.
Celebrating 5 Years of Collaborative World-Class Research Across the Great West
Over 100 invited leaders from industry, government, funders and academia came together to recognise GW4’s collaborative success and hear about GW4’s future initiatives, at BMA House in London on Thursday 10th October. 

Over the past five years GW4 has invested over £4.6million in research, training and world class facilities. GW4’s total external grant income across our collaborative research communities and doctoral training programmes is over £123million.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol and Chair of GW4 Council gave the opening address highlighting the pioneering nature of the alliance and the scale of research we have achieved, which would not be possible in isolation. Professor Brady said: “GW4 is not just a wonderful success for our region but a shining example of what research-intensive collaboration looks like for the UK and for the world.”

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Great West can Lead World in Tackling Climate Change

Climate is a key strategic research area for GW4 and our region is home to more climate expertise than any other area worldwide; so we are best placed to build on our region's strengths and academic excellence to help solve these global challenges. 

Professor Tim Lenton, Director of the Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter, said: “GW4 has already been instrumental in identifying that we’re now reaching dangerous climate change tipping points...It’s an enormous challenge but GW4 and our partners can play a huge role in helping to tackle these vitally important issues.”


GW4 Crucible 2020 - Apply Now 

The theme of GW4 Crucible 2020 is ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance’. GW4 Crucible offers the opportunity for researchers across a broad range of disciplines to come together to create innovative, multifaceted responses to address global challenges.

If you are a GW4 researcher with an interest in or expertise applicable to addressing AMR, we want to hear from you. Deadline for expressions of interest: 11th November at 9am. 

£18.5 Million Boost for South West Biosciences 

PhD training across the biosciences has received a massive boost thanks to a £18.5 million funding award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP). 

The partnership, led by Bristol together with the Universities of Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, alongside Rothamsted Research, has recently expanded to include six new regional associate partners providing access to expertise and facilities across the South West and Wales.

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GW4 3Rs Symposium

Jointly hosted by the NC3Rs, this event is free to attend and aimed at those engaged in research (both animal research and those working with potential replacement technologies) as well as animal technologists.

It will provide an opportunity for individuals to showcase their 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement of animals in research) initiatives as well as highlight resources and funding opportunities available from the NC3Rs. 

Plus submit a poster abstract (before 1st Nov) for a chance to win a £100 poster prize. Register to attend by 13 November.

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New VSimulators Skyscraper Facility Launched at GW4 University 

A new moving chamber at the University of Bath equipped with virtual reality projection will aid the study of people’s reactions to different buildings, including swaying skyscrapers and bridges.

The VSimulators platform is part of a world class national research facility located at both the GW4 member institutions of Bath and Exeter.

GW4 Celebrates Five Years of Collaboration and Innovation 

In our latest GW4 Opinion piece, Professor Kim Graham, GW4’s Board Chair and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Cardiff University, shares some of the successes of the Alliance to date and our future ambitions.
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GW4 Funding and Development Opportunities
GW4 is a collaboration between the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, Cardiff University & the University of Exeter. 

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