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About Us

The School for Cross-faculty Studies challenges its students to think critically and creatively, to question, debate and examine the impacts of solutions upon the global society. Our students are Global Citizens who understand the key problems facing the contemporary world and are capable of deploying a range of intellectual tools to address and tackle these Big Questions.

Our ambitious interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees were launched with remarkable success in 2016 as we enrolled students from across the world onto our challenging courses. These students have become active participants in their own learning, cutting across disciplinary boundaries with our problem-based learning approach, rather than studying under the confines of one 'traditional' subject. We therefore see the diversity of our staff and students' perspectives and backgrounds as a core strength of the School's teaching and learning. Our research and teaching espouses key values of collegiality and collaboration, welcoming the alternative voices and viewpoints necessary for facilitating social, economic, environmental, and political transformations throughout the world. Above all, our staff and students find a commonality in the need to research and investigate innovative solutions to global challenges. In 2018/19, the School continued to expand, enrolling students for the first time onto our Single Honours BASc in Global Sustainable Development, the first undergraduate course of its kind in the United Kingdom.

We provide courses of study that lead to the very best employability outcomes for our graduates using teaching and learning techniques which equip students with a range of relevant skills. Each of our degrees includes an integrated skills development programme designed to give students the opportunity to develop core competencies in skills which employers tell us are needed in order to succeed in the modern workplace.

Global Sustainable Development

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A range of unique interdisciplinary BASc Single and Joint Honours degree programmes.

Liberal Arts

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A problem-based BA Liberal Arts programme tailored to your intellectual interests.

Single Honours Programmes

Joint Honours Programmes

Who we are


Head of School and Academic Director
The School is headed by Dr. St├ęphanie Panichelli-Batalla who is the Academic Director for the School's courses. St├ęphanie is supported by a team of academic colleagues working on the Liberal Arts and Global Sustainable Development degrees.

Julia Gretton

School Administrator

Mrs Julia Gretton is the School's Administrator, providing comprehensive administrative support to the School's staff and students.

Anne Maynard
Administrative Assistant

Miss Anne Maynard is the School's Administrative Assistant, also acting as Personal Assistant to the Head of School and Secretary to School level committees.

Jess Holt
Recruitment and Communications Officer

Jess Holt is the School's Recruitment and Communications Officer and is responsible for using a variety of media to convey the unique spirit of the School's programmes.

Bodrun Nahar

Employability and Placements Manager

Bodrun Nahar is the School's Employability and Placements Manager and is responsible for supporting students in developing their employability skills.

Heather Robson

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

Heather Robson provides support for all aspects of the School's postgraduate provision.