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Director - Dr Elaine Webster

Elaine Webster image for web 2018Elaine was appointed Director Summer School & Continuing Education late in 2011, having previously worked at Otago in both teaching and research management.

Coming to university study as a mature student with a background in small business and the community sector, Elaine appreciates the value of alternative pathways into tertiary education and is passionate about lifelong learning.

Elaine completed her PhD in Clothing & Textile Sciences and Anthropology at Otago in 2006. Her research is on the role of dress and appearances in identity processes, symbolic meanings in the material world, and fashion as a social phenomenon. Elaine continues this work alongside new research in lifelong learning.

As Director, Summer School & Continuing Education, Elaine is responsible for the planning, development and operation of both the annual Summer School and Continuing Education short courses, maintaining a robust and viable programme in accord with policy, best practice and the overall interests of the university.