We will support the people driving interdisciplinary climate research within the GW4 universities, including researchers at all career stages, professional services staff as well as our diverse partners in communities, NGOs, business, and government. Creating just responses to climate change demands diverse and interdisciplinary research collaboration, where the GW4 Alliance is exceptionally well placed to deliver cross-University development opportunities. We work to create a supportive research culture, in line with the 2021 UK R&D People & Culture Strategy. We will build a justified reputation for best practice in open and inclusive research and research communication, in line with our plans for social transformation.
CAse Study: GW4 Talent and Skills Programme Crucible scheme
Since 2017, the GW4 Crucible scheme has supported over 150 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) offering attendees the chance to enhance their career through an exploration of interdisciplinary research, impact, and leadership development. Activities include learning about personal and group collaborations styles, sandpit-type workshops to unearth shared research interests or questions, masterclasses on grant writing and communication techniques, and panel Q&A sessions with senior university management and sector leaders.
GW4 Crucible culminates in access to seed funding for interdisciplinary and cross-institutional groups of researchers to develop networks, pilot new methods, or gather preliminary data that address the grand challenge of the year’s Crucible theme. For 2021, the theme was ‘Transitions to Net Zero in the time of Covid-19‘.