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Closer links with Wellington community aim of new Deputy Dean

Monday 14 December 2015 12:05pm

The new Deputy Dean of the University's Wellington campus Dr Diane Kenwright.

Dr Diane Kenwright has recently been appointed to the role of Deputy Dean of the University of Otago’s Wellington campus.

“I am honoured and very excited to take up the role of Deputy Dean at the University of Otago, Wellington,” Dr Kenwright says.

“I see it as an opportunity to help the University of Otago connect with the wider Wellington community that surrounds it. I like to build connections between people. I see us very much as part of the innovative, participatory and creative culture of Wellington and want us to make the most of that.”

Dr Kenwright first joined the University’s Wellington campus in 1996 as a joint clinical appointment in the Department of Pathology. She moved to campus’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where she was also chair of the Trainee Interns Conveners Board and convener for the Department’s Trainee Intern programme.

Also Head of the campus’ Pathology Department, Diane’s main areas of diagnostic interest are gynecological pathology, breast pathology and eye pathology. She has developed a research programme in student engagement in technology enhanced learning.

"I see us very much as part of the innovative, participatory and creative culture of Wellington and want us to make the most of that."

In the Pathology Department, she has been successful in arranging outreach events where students, staff and public interested in pathology can learn about disease development, diagnosis and treatment.

“There are so many opportunities for researchers in different groups/departments to work together and as Deputy Dean I’d like to encourage and help grow those connections, help to build on our strengths and teaching synergies together,” she says.

“Dr Diane Kenwright is a great addition to our senior leadership team,” says Dean and Head of the Wellington campus Professor Sunny Collings.

“Diane is a passionate advocate for learning and teaching, with recent success in the University’s Centre for Advanced Learning and Teaching Award for her use of technology in teaching innovation,” Professor Collings says.

Professor Collings also acknowledged and thanked Professor Tony Dowell who made a significant contribution to the campus on the senior team as Deputy Dean for seven years.