The Global Academy of Liberal Arts

What is the Global Academy of Liberal Arts?

The Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) is a global network of creativity spanning national and cultural boundaries to broaden the experience of students and staff. The first network of its kind, GALA was created by Bath Spa University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christina Slade, to bring together Liberal Arts providers from around the world.

Why is GALA important?

Liberal Arts providers deliver a huge range of higher education programmes from the arts and humanities to education, social science and more. Our creative, collaborative graduates will play an important role in shaping global culture and realising the economic potential of creative and cultural industries. International perspectives and truly global networks will support their learning and enhance their impact.

What does GALA do?

GALA brings staff and students together from around the world to explore the relationship between creativity and social engagement through teaching and research collaborations and an annual meeting. Activities include joint programme development, comparative research, student exchange, remote teaching, joint student projects and visiting lectures.

How is GALA funded and managed?

Each participating institution meets the costs of its own involvement in GALA activities. The network is coordinated by Academic Director Dr Ian Gadd, (

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