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  • Inclusion Programme Leader, Edge Hill University 2010 – to date
  • Senior Lecturer Undergraduate Professional Development, Edge Hill University 2009-2010
  • Early Years/Key Stage 1 Class Teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), St James Catholic Primary School 2003-2009
  • Reception Teacher, St Joan of Arc Catholic Primary School 2002-2003

Interests and Achievements 

Lisa is a member of the NASENCo Provider Partnership Group and NASENCo Provider Partnership Working Group linked to the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)

Research interests:

Lisa has a number or research interests. Her Masters dissertation focus was ‘Does low self-esteem affect some children with learning difficulties?’. This is being further explored through adult perceptions of self-esteem in current Doctoral research. Special Educational Needs and Inclusion have continued to be particular areas of interest and research throughout her career, both in school and at university. Arising from her involvement with the National Award for SEN Co-ordination Lisa also has an interest in the role of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and their position within Senior Leadership structures in educational settings.

Research Group:

  • Lisa is a member of the ERAS group at Edge Hill University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Teaching in Higher Education , PGCert, Edge Hill University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2013

Special Educational Needs, MA, Liverpool John Moores University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2010

Special Educational Needs (SENCO), PGCert, Liverpool John Moores University

Award Date: 28 Feb 2007

Postgraduate Certificate in Education , Other, University of Surrey

Award Date: 31 Jul 2002

English/Sociology , BA, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 31 Jul 2000

Other positions

External Examiner - University of Gloucestershire

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2022


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  • Social, emotional and mental health

    O'CONNOR, LISA., 22 Apr 2021, Leading on Inclusion : The Role of the SENCO. Beaton, M. C., Codina, G. N. & Wharton, J. C. (eds.). 1 ed. Oxon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 65-72 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

  • Inclusion and SEN

    DUNNE, LINDA. & O'CONNOR, LISA., 31 May 2012, Supporting Every Child: A Course Book for Foundation Degrees in Teaching and Supporting Learning. 2nd ed ed. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd, p. 51-63 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review