Liz Todd MA MSc PGCE PhD CPsychol is Professor of Educational Inclusion at Newcastle University. Liz engages in research with a strong social justice agenda, being 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).
For the last 14 years she has directed many funded projects looking at community orientated and extended schooling. Liz Todd directed Newcastle University’s successful REF2014 submission for education and also its successful 2008RAE submission.
Liz is Deputy Director of SOLE Central and a member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching. She is ‘Learning for Change’ theme champion in Newcastle University’s Institute for Social Renewal and Director for Engagement and Impact in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.
Her 2007 monograph published by Routledge, 'Partnerships for inclusive education: A critical approach to collaborative working', was nominated for the 2007 NASEN/TES academic book prize. This book looks at what gets in the way of some of the key areas of collaboration that schools and services try to develop: multi-agency working; parent partnership; and the involvement of children and young people.
She is co-author of three other monographs, all of them the first books on their topics to be published in the UK. One, with Alan Dyson and Colleen Cummings, published by Routledge called 'Beyond the School Gates', is on the role of schools in tackling disadvantage. It is a Prize winner, highly commended, by the Society of Education Studies in 2012. The other, with Hilary Kennedy and Mim Landor, is the first UK book on Video Interaction Guidance. The most recent if again with Hilary Kennedy and Mim Landor, is the first UK book on Video Enhanced Reflective Practice. Prof Todd is, with Melanie Nind, co-editor of the International Journal of Research and Method in Education, one of the only journals that focuses on innovation in the full range of educational research methods. She is a member of the ESRC review college.
Liz is a board member of Research in Practice, and Research in Practice for Adults. She is a Trustee of the West End Schools Trust in Newcastle. She is a Council member of the British Educational Research Association. Liz is co-coordinator of the inclusive education network of the European Educational Research Association.
Liz Todd actively maintains her educational psychologist's skills, by training people in and using directly democratic approaches that can be used to bring change to people's lives. Narrative therapy re-stories identity, and video interaction guidance uses the collaborative review of video clips of successful interaction to bring change in the connection between people. She uses these approaches with individuals, families, and professionals working in (mostly) school settings. Liz delivers courses on each of these approaches every year. Liz plays an active role in the Association of VIG UK.
Liz Todd is regularly asked to contribute to national and international conferences. She has been asked to contribute expertise to the governing authorities in Amsterdam on the development of extended schools, to the schools and colleges in Catalonia on theory of change in the evaluation of educational interventions, and on child involvement in research to the Master Class in Children's Rights at University Institute Kurt Bosch, Sion.
Liz Todd joined Newcastle University 1994, having worked abroad in Fiji for 3 years lecturing in critical educational psychology at the University of the South Pacific, training teachers from 13 different pacific island countries, and delivering in-country workshops. She has worked in the roles of market trader, researcher, maths teacher, parent advocate, lecturer, therapist and educational psychologist.
Prof Todd has always been drawn to community practices that help people to act in ways that are in line with their values and with ideas of justice. She likes to find out, research and be part of such practices. In her own professional training one of her placements was in Edinburgh with Jimmy Boyle, the Glaswegian gang member who had served a sentence for murder and who had, on release, set up a community project, run by the community, to help people coming out of prison, and those dealing with issues of drug dependency and mental health problems. She was particularly interested in the facilitation of non-professional solutions to the problems of those attending the project.
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Cycling, allotment, Woodcraft folk, weaving & sculpture, singing
I have a continuing interest in the development of tools to help the process of change in communities and individuals, using two approaches: narrative practices and video interaction and guidance. Some of the projects, both on-going and competed last year, include:
Recent Past Research
Most recent projects
Funded by Joseph Rowntree, Project Leader: Prof Liz Todd
Funded by Nuffield with NatCen, Newcastle project Leader: Prof Liz Todd
Funded by JRF, project leader Liz Todd
An Evaluation of the DfES Full Service
Extended Schools (FSES) Initiative
Funded by the DfES, project leader(s): Alan Dyson and Liz Todd
Funded by the DfE, Project leaders: Liz Todd and Alan Dyson (Manchester University)
Selected successful doctorate submissions over the last few years:
Lee Wilkinson, PhD, 2003; Charmian Hobbs, DEdPsy Thesis, Oct 2005; Dennis Wilson, EdD Thesis, 2005; Barry Hymer, DEdPsy Thesis, 2007; Nathalie Fletcher, DEdPsy Thesis, 2008; Alan Haughey, DEdPsy Thesis, 2008; Liz Locke, DEdPsy Thesis, 2009; Claire Camsey DAppEdPsy Thesis 2009; Denise McCarten DAppEdPsy Thesis 2009; Geraldine Jones DEdPsy thesis 2009; Pam Grandison DEdPsy thesis 2010; Debra Brewer DEdPsy thesis 2010; Linda Corlette DEdPsy thesis 2010; Katherine Parker DAppEdPsy Thesis 2011; Katie Gibson DAppEdPsy Thesis 2011; Patricia Murray DEdPsy 2012; Wilma Barrow DEdPsy thesis 2012; Philomena Keane DAppEdPsy Thesis 2012; Katherine Philips DAppEdPsy Thesis 2012; Jane Gould DEdPsy thesis 2012; Laura McCullam 2013; Maeve Gold 2013; Janet Crawford 2013; Sarah-Jane Wooton 2013; Katrina Heywood 2014; Joanne Buntin 2014; John Jamieson 2015; Ruth Prested 2015.
Topics have included the following: