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A postcard from… India

A postcard from… India

  Landing in Ahmedabad at 5am, we left little time for recuperation and sleep before venturing out to the city in search of Gandhi’s Ashram. Post-diwali, the streets were by definition quiet yet still seemed to encompass the renowned hustle of the Indian roads. That first weekend was spent familiarising ourselves with the city; its architecture, its people, the heritage and culture, the food. Once...

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Liberal Arts Goes Global

Liberal Arts Goes Global

As part of the Santander scheme for staff and student mobility, Dr. Sarah Flavel, Senior Lecturer in Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, and two Bath Spa students (from RPE and English Literature) were awarded funding to the Nishan Confucian Studies Summer School, organised by our GALA partner, Beijing Foreign Studies University. The summer school began in Beijing and participants travelled to Quf...

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BSU’s Professor Ian Gadd at the University of Adelaide

BSU’s Professor Ian Gadd at the University of Adelaide

In April, Professor Ian Gadd was invited to participate in two public Shakespeare talks at the National Library of Australia and the University of Adelaide. He was asked to respond to a lecture by Emeritus Professor Ian Donaldson (his former undergraduate tutor) on ‘The Death of Shakespeare’. Professor Gadd also delivered a lecture on ‘Shakespeare and copyright’ at the University of Melbourne. His...

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A postcard from Geneseo

A postcard from Geneseo

The Academic Director of GALA, Professor Ian Gadd, recently visited GALA partner SUNY Geneseo in upstate New York. SUNY Geneseo is one of the US’s leading public liberal arts colleges, and it has maintained an active student exchange programme with Bath Spa for several years. Ian met with Bath Spa students currently at Geneseo, and Geneseo students due to come to Bath Spa after Christmas. He...

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A postcard from Beijing

A postcard from Beijing

This month Dr. Sarah Flavel, Lecturer in Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, travelled to Beijing to visit colleagues at our GALA partner institution, Beijing Foreign Studies University, with support from Santander. The trip included a visit to Beijing’s Confucius Temple as well as meetings with staff at the Centre for East-West Relations and the International Office at BFSU to discuss futur...

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A postcard from Moscow

A postcard from Moscow

One of the newest members of the GALA network is the Russian Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), and particularly its Liberal Arts College. In September, GALA’s Academic Director, Ian Gadd, and Bath Spa’s new Vice-Provost for Research and Enterprise, John Strachan, visited RANEPA and met with, among others, Andrei Zorin (Academic Director of th...

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A postcard from the Netherlands

A postcard from the Netherlands

Our first GALA visit as Academic Director and Assistant Academic Director took us to the Netherlands, where we met with partners at University College Roosevelt (UCR) and Utrecht University. First stop was the picturesque Middelburg in the southwest, where we met with Professor Barbara Oomen, Dean of UCR and Laelia Dard-Dascot, Project Manager. UCR offers a broad and interdisciplinary three-year b...

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