Director - Dr Elaine Webster
Elaine 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.