Professor James Clark

Multidisciplinary engagment

Name Professor James Clark


Director of Liberal Arts

Division College of Humanities

Interdisciplinary study through Liberal Arts

"Liberal Arts enables [students] to achieve depth and specialist knowledge… with a broader perspective on a range of subjects as they pursue that depth." The Liberal Arts programme is not a single discipline to be studied, but rather an approach to studying the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. The programme aims to provide students with an in-depth study of one subject, teamed with a breadth of experience in other concepts, methods and debates connecting all forms of academic enquiry.

"It’s absolutely essential that students graduating in the 21st century have an interdisciplinary perspective. Employers tell us that UK universities have traditionally been excellent at delivering students that have been experts in a particular subject, but the vast majority of jobs and employers require employees who are equipped to face challenges across a wide range of areas. Very few challenges have a single character to them… so most employees find that they need to be able to draw on a wide range of knowledge and skills. It’s essential that we don’t simply offer students who are adept in one area, but students who actually have a breadth of perspective, a range of skills, and who can adapt to the increasing complexity of global challenges."


Aim 6: Multi-disciplinary learning for global challenges 

To provide all students with the opportunity to explore the relevance of different disciplines to contemporary challenges facing the world

Liberal Arts

"Liberal Arts… unlocks the subjects on offer at university."