About

About Think Learning


Think Learning is based on 30 years of experience designing and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in UK universities. Its tutors were the first to reintroduce Liberal Arts courses in England in 2010. Our team have worked together for many years and are all published academics who share a love for teaching and for supporting students with their education.

We believe that thinking is the heart and soul of teaching and learning. Patient reading, attentive listening and critical questioning makes us more receptive to learning and growing as individuals. Above all, we believe that when focused study and learning are also enjoyable and rewarding then education is a force for good in the world.

the online seminar space

Through the reading of texts, and through thoughtful and respectful questioning and discussion, we aim to make our online seminars friendly, supportive and inclusive environments. The groups are small and we ask that you have your cameras on so that you can think and talk with each other. But of course you don’t have to talk if you’d rather not. We hope that you will find interest and challenge and also common ground with new people.

the online reading space

Most of our seminars involve the tutor reading selected extracts from texts as a stimulus for discussion. No text is off-limits as being too difficult. If it has been written, then with the help of good teaching you can read it and understand it.

But don’t worry if you are not used to this way of studying. We know that many of us lose confidence with reading and speaking when we are out of practice. We are here to help boost your confidence and enjoyment with this way of working.

the online learning space

Think Learning’s tutors offer guided and structured encounters between what you understand and what you don’t understand. Through this kind of learning you can develop the skills needed to read, analyse and reflect, and to develop your own critical voice. This can be in relation to personal, institutional, social or global concerns and issues.

Through the reading of texts, and through thoughtful and respectful questioning and discussion, we aim to make our online seminars friendly, supportive and inclusive environments. The groups are small and we ask that you have your cameras on so that you can think and talk with each other. But of course you don’t have to talk if you’d rather not. We hope that you will find interest and challenge and also common ground with new people.

the online seminar space

the online reading space

Most of our seminars involve the tutor reading selected extracts from texts as a stimulus for discussion. No text is off-limits as being too difficult. If it has been written, then with the help of good teaching you can read it and understand it.

But don’t worry if you are not used to this way of studying. We know that many of us lose confidence with reading and speaking when we are out of practice. We are here to help boost your confidence and enjoyment with this way of working.

Think Learning’s tutors offer guided and structured encounters between what you understand and what you don’t understand. Through this kind of learning you can develop the skills needed to read, analyse and reflect, and to develop your own critical voice. This can be in relation to personal, institutional, social or global concerns and issues.

the online learning space

Dr Rebekah Howes


Before setting up Think Learning, Dr Rebekah Howes had 15 years’ experience teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the university sector, and publishing and presenting papers internationally.

In 2010 she co-designed and led the first Liberal Arts degree in the UK, leading the revival of Liberal Arts study in the UK. She brings to Think Learning the strong belief that what and how we learn should matter to us as human beings, and she hopes to continue to develop this sense of humanity in each of her students.

Dr Nigel Tubbs


Nigel Tubbs has been a secondary school teacher, a lecturer in education, and a Professor on undergraduate and postgraduate Liberal Arts and Philosophy degrees. He has written 10 books and published numerous papers. But his main interest was and still is in teaching.

He is a tutor on Think Learning because he hopes to continue to teach those subjects that he is passionate about, and to try to inspire such passion for them in new students.

Dr Lawrence Harvey


Lawrence Harvey has over 20 years of teaching experience at college, undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as teaching adults wishing to return to study.

His teaching and research ranges across the areas of philosophy, liberal arts and english literature. He is passionate about honing our collective wisdom beyond the confines of set curricula.

Dr Elina Staikou


Dr Elina Staikou has been teaching the history of ideas, contemporary thought, and liberal arts at undergraduate and postgraduate level for several years at UK and US higher educational institutions. She has a distinguished track record in research and international publications.

She brings to Think Learning a commitment to the transdisciplinary study of contemporary life and its dilemmas across philosophy, science, literature and ecology, and to creating a context for students to reflect on the questions and challenges we face in our time.

Bex Atherton


Bex Atherton is a PhD candidate whose interdisciplinary research traverses a variety of areas of philosophy, post-humanism, and queer theory.

They have a passionate commitment to an education that challenges traditional subject and intellectual boundaries. This heavily influences the way in which their teaching attempts to hold space for diverse and searching dialogues.

They have participated and presented papers at conferences in the UK and abroad and have taught at undergraduate level on a variety of topics under the umbrella of liberal arts, with particular emphasis on lectures concerning philosophy and gender studies.


“It was the care and attention they gave to the teaching that made all the difference to me”.

– Iain, Student


“They captivated my attention and spiked my interest, and more importantly, always in a way that seemed to involve me”.

– Alexandros, Student


“I learnt so much about where so much of our thinking comes from. Thank you, I’ll be back!”.

Student