Jonathan Barratt - Dean for Development and Quality

I am Dean for Development and Quality, a new role for the College, which was created in the latest phase of a process of developing a new structure for the College, which commenced in 2008.

Prior to taking up my current role, I was Dean of the School of Communication, Product and Spatial Design and prior to that, of the School of Graphic and Industrial Design.

Reporting to the Head of College, I am responsible for:

  • Helping to align the College’s work in learning, creative practice, enterprise and research to provide the richest opportunities we can for students, colleagues and the wider world.
  • Co-ordinating student recruitment internationally and facilitating relationships with other universities, government agencies and commercial and not-for-profit organisations around the world.
  • Ensuring our courses are accessible to students, irrespective of their backgrounds, and that we do all we can to support students to fulfil their potential.
  • Quality Enhancement initiatives to improve learning and extending developmental opportunities for students through supporting colleagues in the academic, administrative and technical teams.
  • Academic Development to ensure the continued relevance and contemporary currency of the College’s portfolio of courses, academically and professionally.
  • Quality Assurance functions required through the University by national government agencies, funding and professional bodies.

To fulfil these responsibilities I work with a number of teams lead by three Associate Deans: Amanda Bright (Academic Development and Enhancement); Cally Clerke (Access and Widening Participation); and Alex Lumley (Learning, Teaching and Enhancement); and also Dr Joseph Wheeler (the College Director of International Development) and Lucy Hemming (the College Quality Manager).  I also work in close liaison with all the other senior managers and academics of the College.

I am an Industrial Designer and deeply interested in how understandings of the relationships between people, things and context can fundamentally effect the process and outcomes of design.  I believe passionately in the power of design to not only address problems, but create opportunities; economically, socially, culturally and politically.  Design as a catalyst for change as well as a way of creating meaning and value.

I feel tremendously privileged to work in a community with an ethos of challenging the prevailing ethic, renegotiating the boundaries between the subjects and the disciplines within which they practice.  Whilst closely related to industry, I see our goal as creating new generations of reflective practitioners who will lead their chosen professions in initiating change and playing a fundamental role in reshaping the world of tomorrow.

I am involved in a number of initiatives including the University Research Centre for Design Against Crime, the Innovation Insight Hub and CSM Public.