Áine Hyland (née Donlon) is Emeritus Professor of Education and former Vice-President of University College Cork. She has a strong commitment to social inclusion and has been involved in a voluntary basis in a number of educational and social inclusion projects during the past 20 years. She chaired the Educational Disadvantage Committee from 2002 to 2005 (http://www.most.ie/webreports/Fatima%20reports/Policy/edc_moving_beyond_educational_disadvantage.pdf) and the National Economic and Social Forum’s Advisory Group on Literacy and Social Inclusion, 2009 – 2010. (http://files.nesc.ie/nesf_archive/nesf_research_series/nesf_rs_06.pdf ). She was a member of the Dormant Accounts (Disbursement) Board (Ireland) from 2002 to 2010. From 2000 to 2006 she chaired a project entitled Bridging the Gap which aimed to bridge the educational gap between students in less advantaged areas of Cork city and their more advantaged peers (https://www.ucc.ie/en/bridgingthegap). In 2006, she was co-author, with Cynthia Deane, of Living and Learning in Dublin Docklands: the Way Forward: an evaluation of the Dublin Docklands education programme (http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/11918/1/Dublin_docklands_EducationReport-PART1.pdf) .