Professor Dean Garratt Inaugural Lecture

De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University
Event Time
23 May 2019 6.00pm

Category Education

York St John University, Prof Dean Garratt will be presenting his Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 23 May 2019


Title: Dangerous and Hysterical: The Absurdity of Ofsted


The talk presents a critical analysis of the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) inspection framework drawing key insights from the work of Camus, Lacan and Foucault.

After qualifying as a teacher in 1993, Dean completed a PhD in the field of education before working in a variety of roles in higher education over the last twenty-two years. This included an eleven year spell at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), three years at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and six and a half years at the University of Chester. In this time he worked extensively on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, serving as course lead on several Master’s courses and playing a key role in the design and implementation of new doctoral curricula. Dean’s experience as a qualitative researcher and work with postgraduate students (both taught and research-focused) led to him taking a secondment as Director of the Graduate School and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Chester before moving more recently to York St John.


Event Timings: 

17.50 Doors open

18.00 Lecture commences

19.15 Post lecture drinks reception (all lecture attendees are welcome)


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