Applicants Summer Programme

The Applicants Summer Programme introduces you to some of the people and ideas that underpin our Liberal Arts Degrees. While we don’t cover specific content of the degree here we draw on its themes to produce bespoke pieces that we think will speak particularly to applicants. 

While each post might not be the same as sitting in a seminar or lecture with us we have tried to give you a sense of the work we will do together both in form and content.

Try to think of each post as a learning experience in its own right. We’ll add more posts as we go which will take us across the humanities, natural and social science, and the arts.

After watching the video introduction you can start your engagement with the Applicants Summer Programme through the pieces below.


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Applicants Summer Programme


The approach to learning in modern Liberal Arts holds that all students can succeed beyond their own expectations. In our integrated curriculum no text is off-limits as being too difficult. If it has been written, then with the help of good teaching students can read it and understand it. The motivation to read such texts comes from the questions that students bring to them. Students ask their questions about the world, and then ask a multitude of writers and thinkers to reveal their answers. Students should not learn passively. Rather, they actively challenge the writers to answer their questions. In return, students think about those answers, discuss them with others and new questions arise which are then taken back to the writers. Learning is just this; a conversation between what one understands, what one does not understand, and the people who might be able to help. And if there are always more questions… this is to lead a life committed to learning.

Learning in Liberal Arts


Liberal Arts Programme Team

Profile pictures of the liberal arts team


Dr Rebekah Howes
Professor Nigel Tubbs
Dr Simon Boxley
Dr Elina Staikou
Dr Lawrence Harvey
Dr Tony Biondi
Paul Key
Catherine Christensen