College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) was established in August 2018. Exactly 180 years earlier on 6 August 1838, a new ‘Institution for the Advancement of the Arts and Practical Science’ opened its doors on London’s Regent Street. The world’s first polytechnic institution would develop to eventually become the modern University of Westminster. LAS takes our proud history into a complex and unpredictable future where our academic disciplines will be needed more than ever.
The really big challenges of our time concern health and wellbeing, the structure of our society, international understanding and the place of humanity in the world. These are precisely the issues our staff and our students work together to explore. We are a community committed to understanding the world around us more fully so that it can be a better place for us and for future generations.
The College is made up of four distinctive schools: Humanities, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Westminster Law School. We are located in the Fitzrovia district of central London, surrounded by museums and embassies as well as dynamic creative and media industries. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses capitalise on our enviable location, and our students get to experience all that central London has to offer, both in what we study and through career-changing internships and placements.
We are a community of researchers as well as teachers and learners, and the majority of the University’s key areas of research have their home in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Major research centres in the College include the Centre for the Study of Democracy, the Centre for Law, Society & Popular Culture, and the Centre for Resilience. The new Polytechnic Institution was said to have “surrounded the visitor with much to delight as well as instruct”, and we host a range of events to welcome anyone to share in our research, including our annual Difference Festival and our series of professorial lectures.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a large and diverse academic family from all over the world, consisting of of around 350 staff, over 5000 undergraduates as well as 1000 Master’s and 200 PhD students. It is also a safe and supportive place to try out and share your ideas and insights. As Head of the College, I look forward to welcoming all who share in our University’s commitment to inspire and to be involved.
Professor Andrew Linn
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences