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The Committee

Alison Elliott

Committee Member

Alison Elliott

Currently I am a PhD student in the School of Art, Aberystwyth University. I completed my Masters Degree there in 2020. My research focuses on Welsh women’s identity, as portrayed through art history. Until the age of 60, I worked in education. For the last fifteen years of my career I enjoyed the privileged role of headteacher in a secondary school, just across the border in Gloucestershire. During my time there, I was awarded two masters degrees. The first was a classroom based enquiry. The second was concerned with the implications of ‘one size fits all’ education policies for unique local communities. My Churchill Travelling Fellowship enabled me to study indigenous culture with Amerindians in the Guyanese jungle. As part of British Council Headteacher delegations, I gained insights into education in Melbourne, Eindhoven and Tomsk. I extended that experience through linking up with a school in the Bronx. Educational issues, I can report, are the same for communities across the world. The photograph shows me up our lane, close to home. I am proud to have been assimilated, as a poor Welsh learner, into my husband’s local community. To be invited to join the WAW Committee is an honour.