Dr Una O’Connor is a senior lecturer, based in the UNESCO Centre, School of Education, Ulster University. Her teaching and research focus on improving educational outcomes for children and young people, with a particular emphasis on social inclusion, community cohesion and policy reform. Her most recent work includes research on the relationship between political literacy and citizenship education and the role of Community Conversations in providing voice to communities on issues affecting them. She has also undertaken extensive research on special educational needs in Northern Ireland, recently completing a longitudinal secondary data analysis of pupils with special educational needs. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.