Prof. Carl Gombrich
Academic Lead and Director of Teaching & Learning
Carl was a Professorial Teaching Fellow of Interdisciplinary Education at UCL and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining University College London (UCL) in 2002.
I'm joining LIS because...
"Throughout my university career, I have challenged my students to take risks and to keep growing. I have urged them to see education as a process – a wonderful, privileged process full of creativity and potential – and not as driven by targets or outcomes. Above all, I have urged my students to keep learning. Once you stop learning in life, what is left? If I am to be true to my values and to continue to walk the walk as an educator, how could I not join the most exciting higher education project in the country?"
"Starting from a blank slate, LIS has an opportunity to build a really rigorous, contemporary university curriculum. "
Carl has joined the LIS team from UCL to lead on curriculum design, teaching and learning. Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. In 2010, he was appointed Programme Director of the interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (BASc) programmes and led the design, development, launch and implementation of the degree, from a first cohort of 84 students in 2012 to a steady state of over 450 students in 2018.
Carl is a regular speaker at events on interdisciplinarity and liberal arts and sciences both in the UK and abroad. He researches and writes about many themes related to contemporary interdisciplinary education, including the future of work, notions of expertise and the history of education. He was a member of the British Academy Working Group on Interdisciplinarity and a core member of the NVAO accreditation panel for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges of the Netherlands.