Liz Todd is Professor of Educational Inclusion at Newcastle University. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Renewal which forges partnerships between the university and external organisations in order to contribute to creative solutions to societal challenges. She is well known for her work on the interaction between communities and schools, the engagement of young people in development and research, and respectful democratic approaches to change (personal and organisational). Liz is also Deputy Director of SOLE Central and a member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching. One of her books, with Cummings and Dyson, Beyond the school gates; can full service and extended schools overcome disadvantage? was highly commended by the Society of Educational Studies in 2012.