GW4 Director's Update
April 2020

Welcome to the GW4 Newsletter: your regular digest of GW4 news, funding and development opportunities.

I hope this newsletter find you and your families safe and well. In these uncertain times our GW4 universities are committed to leading the response against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and providing support, both at a regional and national level.

Collaboration is at the heart of our Alliance and it has been inspiring to see so many staff and students work together, not only across GW4 but with our partners and other organisations to develop world-class research, provide vital supplies to front line workers, and share ideas and techniques. 

It has been fantastic to see GW4 universities stepping up to support the fight against COVID-19. Our region is home to world-leading expertise and our universities are playing a vital role in helping the world understand more about the disease and how we can reduce its impact on our society.

We are continuing to deliver our programmes to support our research communities, doctoral students and early career researchers; and develop new collaborations at scale. Our GW4 Crucible programme, designed to develop collaborative research leaders of the future, is being delivered online for the first time. Plus, in our first ever twitter takeover, we have colleagues sharing their thoughts and insights using the hashtags #GW4Crucible and #GW4TwitterTakeover. Follow their updates and join in the discussions. To support our institutions’ pledge to the Technicians Commitment, we are delivering several schemes for our technical staff including a travel bursary and professional registration scheme. I look forward to updating you on these in the coming months. 

Now more than ever, we are working hard to advance our collaborative research and innovation, and develop initiatives at scale to drive economic and social recovery and help address the global challenges we face.
GW4 Universities support the fight against COVID-19
Scientists and researchers across the GW4 Alliance are playing a key role in the fight against COVID-19 coronavirus. From world-class research to providing medical equipment for frontline staff and practical advice and resources for those in isolation. Hear about some of many ways our GW4 universities are helping to tackle this unprecedented challenge. 

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GW4 Technical staff tackle COVID-19

In our latest GW4 Opinion piece, Technical Manager and Technician Commitment Lead at the University of Bath, David Williams, shares how technical staff across the GW4 Alliance are stepping up and working together to help tackle COVID-19 by providing vital supplies to key workers and frontline NHS staff.

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Collaboration in Isolation 

Collaboration is at the heart of GW4 and we encourage colleagues to connect across the Alliance and beyond. With many of us now working from home and delivering content in new ways it has become even more important to stay connected virtually. We have put together our top tips for collaborating online and resources to help.

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NC3Rs/GW4 Twitter Account 

Dr Jessica Eddy, the NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager for Cardiff and the South West of England has created a new twitter account to showcase the latest 3Rs news for researchers and animal care staff at Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Follow @3RsatGW4 for all the latest #3Rs news and updates


GW4 Data Science Network Events

The GW4 Data Science Network is pleased to be supporting ‘Pathways to Climate Resilience’ – a series of online events hosted by the Institute for Mathematical Innovation at the University of Bath, exploring the science of climate change and ways of building stronger community resilience. All events can be found on the GW4 Data Science Network Portal.

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Join GW4 on Twitter and LinkedIn 

Why wait a whole month for your next instalment of GW4 news, events and funding updates?
Follow us on Twitter @GW4Alliance. Join in the conversations and discover how we are supporting the fight against COVID-19. 

Plus join our newly relaunched GW4 LinkedIn page
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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