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Liz is based in NFER’s Swansea office. She is a graduate of psychology, and has also taught the subject at degree level. Liz’s research expertise lies across a diverse range of areas including crime and youth justice, children and young people’s wellbeing and entitlements, educational attainment, fostering and adoption, and disaffection and disengagement among young people. Liz is Welsh-English bilingual and is a member of the Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales.
Liz is currently leading an evaluation of the Tutor Trust, which delivers tuition to students in deprived parts of Manchester, for the Education Endowment Foundation. She is also helping to develop the national reading tests for Wales, and is working on a project for the DfE which aims to improve outcomes for care leavers.
Her past projects have included a review of domestic abuse prevention initiatives in schools and other educational settings in Wales, and the evaluation of the Youth Justice Board Pilot Resettlement Schemes (Welsh Government, 2010 and 2012); and a review of counselling services for young people in Wales (NFER Research Development Fund, 2011). Liz also recently led two rapid reviews of evidence on raising attainment among Gypsy, Roma and Traveller and Looked-After children and young people for Sheffield City Council.