GW4 (universities)

Formation January 2013
Type Consortium of United Kingdom-based universities
Region served
Wales and South West England
University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Exeter

The GW4 (also known as the GW4 Alliance or the Great Western 4) is a consortium of four research intensive universities in South West England and Wales. It was formed in January 2013 by the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter to enhance research collaboration.[1][2][3] It was launched at the House of Commons in October 2014.[4] In 2014, the group launched a research project into the use of algae to clean up contaminated water at the Wheal Jane tin mine and extract the heavy metals.[5] In 2015 the consortium secured £4.6M from the Medical Research Council for a collaborative PhD training programme in biomedical research.[6]

See also


  1. "South West research intensive universities join forces for new collaboration". University of Bristol. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. "Our Vision". GW4. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  3. Gareth Evans (11 September 2013). "Cardiff University climbs league table of world's elite for first time in five years". Wales Online. Media Wales.
  4. "Universities' collaboration celebrated". University of Bristol. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  5. Jamie Doward (27 December 2014). "Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine". The Observer.
  6. "£4.6M boost for future biomedical research leaders". University of Bristol. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2016.

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