GW4 Alliance Update
November 2020

Welcome to the GW4 newsletter update. I'm Dr Jane Khawaja, the new interim Director for the GW4 Alliance, and I'm delighted to have joined GW4. I look forward to working across the Alliance and with our partners to harness our collective strengths and advance research and innovation for the good of our region and beyond. I have already had the pleasure of meeting a number of colleagues across GW4, but I'd love to connect with more of you, so please do get in touch if we haven't yet got a meeting scheduled.

Already, just in my first two weeks, I have witnessed the scale of GW4's research strength and ambition, plus the breadth and depth of our activities. From hosting an Impact webinar with EPSRC, to supporting a diversity conference across the alliance, attending a GW4 libraries meeting, and developing our strategic alliances in Climate and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). I look forward to working in all these areas and more over the coming months. 

This month, I am pleased to announce the launch of our Generator Funding Awards. Now in their second year, they offer up to £20,000 to support new or existing research communities. I would encourage all collaborative research communities to apply to develop new ideas and deliver a step change in world-class research. I am also thrilled to see some of our existing communities secure external funding to further develop the research and ideas generated from their GW4 research community. Such developments help to explain GW4's recent announcement that our return on investment in collaborative research communities is at its highest level since the GW4 Alliance was formally launched in 2014, capturing over £15 in external research awards for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities.

As part of our GW4 Early Career Symposia initiative, the two successful PGR and ECR teams have organised flagship symposia focusing on our priority research areas of Climate and AMR. I am looking forward to presenting at both events this week and if you haven't already registered for your ticket, I recommend following the action on their twitter accounts: @GW4_AMR_2020 and @GW4Climate_2020.
£20K Funding Call for Collaborative Research 
We are pleased to announce our GW4 Building Communities Generator Funding Awards are now open. Researchers from Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter are invited to apply for up to £20,000 to support the creation of new communities and develop existing collaborations across the Alliance.

Now in its second year, the GW4 Generator Awards are designed to support research communities of scale and capability, delivering a step change in world-class research, not achievable by a single institution. 

Application guidance and forms available on the GW4 website. Deadline for applications is Monday 8 February 2020.

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GW4 researchers awarded £3.4M to investigate justice in education

Researchers at the University of Bath and the University of Bristol have been awarded a total of £3.4 million from UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund Collective Programme.

The projects build on the research and ideas generated from a GW4 Alliance funded collaboration, and will explore how education and experiences of justice impact school learners’ attitudes and actions in countries of conflict.

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New funding for research on parent carers in crisis

GW4 researchers have been awarded £239,000 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Social Care (RfSC) scheme to explore suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, and self-harm in parent carers.

The research project was developed from a GW4 funded collaborative research community, which aimed to develop and conduct world-leading research on suicide, homicide, and self-harm in parents caring for children with disabilities.

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Climate and AMR Symposia 

Organised by GW4 early career researchers and postgraduate researchers two symposia - one focused on climate and the other around antimicrobial resistance (AMR) launch this week. 

Both online events will provide attendees the opportunity to hear from a range of expert speakers, with keynote presentations and panel sessions. There are also plenty of opportunities to network and engage, from poster presentations to themed discussion forums. 

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GW4WARD presented at Technician Commitment Signatory Event 

At this year’s Technician Commitment Signatory Event we presented our new initiative, GW4WARD - a programme of activities designed to drive forward the professional development of our technical staff across GW4.

All four GW4 institutions are signed up to the Technician Commitment, which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines.

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New study highlights ‘exceptional challenges’ of bereavement during COVID-19 pandemic

The first UK-wide survey exploring bereavement experiences and support needs, has been carried out by researchers at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol, led by GW4 Crucible Alumni, Dr Lucy Selman. 

The interim findings of a survey of people bereaved in the UK since March, show the difficulties and distress experienced by those who have lost a loved one, both prior to the death and in their grief.

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GW4 WSA Friday Webinars

The GW4 Water Security Alliance is running a weekly webinar series every Friday for 2020/21. The series features a guest speaker each week and is aimed at stimulating discussion and knowledge exchange between academics, researchers, water professionals and students.

You can listen to past talks on the GW4 WSA website and register to attend upcoming sessions. There are also a few speaker slots available in the new year if you would like to give a presentation.

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GW4 Funding and Development Opportunities
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