Elena joined the Russian Department at the University of Bristol in 2008 and was appointed as the Language Director in January 2013. Elena manages all aspects of language teaching within the Department of Russian Studies and is in charge of the Year Abroad programme.
Elena teaches various Russian language courses to undergraduates and postgraduates at all levels. She teaches specialised multimedia courses as well as intensive courses in legal, economic, political Russian and liaison interpreting. Elena designed and taught Applied Translation (Russian) and Introduction to Specialised Translation as part of the pioneering distance learning MA in Translation Programme.
Elena has been a language specialist throughout her career. She was appointed as a university lecturer in Russia soon after graduating and taught at the University of Tomsk for 11 years. She re-located to London to join JP Morgan, a major investment bank where she worked as part of a team of advisers to the governments of Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union during the 1990s.
In 2000 Elena joined the Diplomatic Service Language Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. She was responsible for the language and cultural awareness training of all staff posted to Russia and other Eastern European countries, specialising in teaching political, economic and legal Russian to diplomats.