Welcome to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business
In T. H. White’s 1958 trilogy, The Once and Future King, at one point the magician Merlin counsels the disconsolate King Arthur, “The best thing for being sad… is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails… Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”
Education is one of the fundamental ways that human beings can change their circumstances. It helps us to understand how the world works, what place we might take in it, and how we might help to improve it. A degree expands those horizons further, enabling you to develop those critical faculties to challenge and create, inspire and innovate.
I believe the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business is quite unique in the kind of experiences, skills and knowledge it can offer students. Our students learn to change the world through social action. They become the teachers who shape our journeys through primary and secondary school. They are the lawyers, sociologists and criminologists who hold our justice system to account. They are the historians, literary scholars, artists, performers, musicians and writers who engage with, interpret and create our cultural heritage. They design and build the spaces we live, work and play in. They are the business graduates who drive forward and support our economic health and sustainability. Whether your interests lie in practice-based subjects that seek to shape the world, or those that strive to inspire it, you will find we are an academic community committed to helping you interpret the world around you.
Our Faculty is a powerful mechanism in supporting and developing the region’s creative industries and economy, and in unlocking its potential. And that is reflected in our degrees, which aspire towards an economy built around creativity – creativity as an action, and creativity as a reflection of culture and society.
Together, we will learn in ways that will be powerful and consequential. Welcome to our exceptional learning community.
Professor David Finkelstein,
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business