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About GALA

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 founded by Bath Spa University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christina Slade, in 2014 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.

Research activity
There are currently four major GALA research themes, each led by a different GALA partner: Lost Waters, Transnational Creativity, Curatorial Practice, and The Digital.

The network was launched at Bath Spa in June 2014 and held its first conference, hosted by the Communications University of China, in July 2015. Its next conference is scheduled for 26-27 May 2016 at the Mexico City and Santa Fe campuses of Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico City.

How is GALA funded and managed?
Each participating institution meets the costs of its own involvement in GALA activities. The network is coordinated from Bath Spa University by Academic Director, Professor Ian Gadd, and Associate Academic Director, Dr Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus, supported by Lizzie Watts (Chancelry) and Nicola Price (Research Office). They can be contacted via

Read more about GALA’s events and newsstaff/student mobility, and related opportunities.

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