|Mr Carl Gombrich, Programme Director|
Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. He enjoys making interdisciplinary links between all these areas (and more!) and has taught maths, physics, music and philosophy at a number of institutions in the UK and privately. Carl was the Principal of UCL’s international preparatory certificates before being appointed to Programme Director, Arts and Sciences (BASc) in September 2010.
Carl says: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to take forward such an exciting programme and to share with students the value of interdisciplinary learning. I believe this value will stay with them for life and will be an asset to them in all future employment. I am also delighted to head up such a strong team of academics and interdisciplinarians who are contributing to this flagship initiative. The intellectual excitement that these colleagues bring from their own high-profile work, interests and engagements is a valuable asset to students on this unique and forward-looking degree."
|Dr Chiara Ambrosia, Pathway Representative for Cultures|
Chiara Ambrosio is a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Science at the Department of Science and Technology Studies. Her research interests include the relations between science and the visual arts in the early 20th century, American Pragmatism and the philosophy of Charles S. Peirce, scientific discovery, and general history and philosophy of science, with a particular focus on scientific representations.
Chiara has lectured extensively on visual history and the connections between art, science and philosophy in the 19th and 20th century. She is currently writing a book entitled: "Beyond Resemblance: A Philosophical History of Representative Practices, 1880-1914".
|Dr Richard Mole, Pathway Representative for Societies|
Richard Mole is a Political Sociologist at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). He studied modern languages as a undergraduate, before switching to social sciences for his MPhil and PhD. His research, which focuses primarily on the relationship between identity and power with reference to nationalism, ethnic conflict, migration and gender/sexuality, has always been explicitly interdisciplinary, crossing the boundaries of Political Sociology, International Relations, Social Psychology, Socio-Linguistics and Health Studies. He came to UCL in 2003 as an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow and was offered a permanent position at SSEES the following year.
|Professor Stephen Price, Pathway Representative for Sciences and Engineering|
Price is a member of the Chemistry Department working on the study of the
reactions of highly energetic atoms and molecules in the gas-phase and on
surfaces. This research involves Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science. Steve was educated, as an Undergraduate and
Graduate student, at Oxford University and then worked in the Joint Laboratory
for Astrophysics at the University of Colorado before arriving at UCL in
1993. Steve's varied research interests
have made him a strong advocate of interdisciplinarity across both the sciences
and more generally. Away from UCL, as he
is now too old to play hockey, he is a keen climber, cyclist and hill walker
with a strong interest in both opera and the psychology of leadership and
|Professor Vincent Walsh, Pathway Representative for Health and Environment|
Vincent Walsh is Professor of Human Brain Research in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. He works on many aspects of perception and memory and is currently investigating lifelong learning and plasticity using behavioural, brain imaging and human brain stimulation methods. He obtained a PhD in Visual Neuroscience from Manchester before spending 10 years in Oxford as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and joining UCL in 2002. He collaborates widely and especially on all aspects of human brain stimulation which requires integration with medical and engineering sciences as well as with manufacturers and patient support groups.
the interdisciplinary nature of the BASc he says: "The 21st century
challenges for humanity require people to think across traditional
subject boundaries. The ability to integrate across disciplines is what
makes the difference between the merely intelligent and the
intellectual. We need to begin to educate a healthy disrespect for
Ms Amanda Cater, Departmental Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 1190
Amanda Cater joined UCL in 1999, first as Administrator in the Department of Greek and Latin before joining the Arts and Sciences programme in 2011. She was also an undergraduate at UCL in Classics then took MA Classics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver as well as a PGCE in Classics at Cambridge.
Before UCL, she was an administrator at the ACCA professional accountancy body and then the Imperial College School of Medicine, thus bringing diverse experience to the BASc. Already she is enjoying combining her traditional educational background with the innovative approach of the new programme and looks forward to welcoming the first students in September.
Please contact Amanda if you have any queries about the Arts and Sciences degree programme.