Winner of ULster Universty Students' Union 'Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award' (2017). Liz currently holds the post of Irish Traditional Music Lecturer at the School of  Arts and Humanities at Ulster University in Derry. Liz graduated from University College Cork with a BMus in 1991.

Following the re-location of Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin to Limerick in 1994 she took up the position of Irish Traditional Music lecturer at University College Cork and taught there until 2001. She has taught courses at Cape Breton University, Canada and at Marshall University, West Virginia where she was the Edwards Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Arts in 2001. She has been and continues to be associated with various universities and institutions as a supervisor, examiner and guest tutor; these include the University of Limerick, Dundalk Institute of Technology, RSAMD, Scotland and Instituto Universitario de Estudios Irlandeses, Amergin, La Coruna, Spain.

Her own PhD research combines her performance and academic interests with the fiddle music of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia being the topic of her 1996 doctoral dissertation, The Paradox of the Periphery: Evolution of the Cape Breton Fiddle Tradition c. 1928-1995. Her on-going research in this area has culminated in the publication of The Cape Breton Fiddle Companion in 2015 (Cape Breton University Press).

Other publications include A practical introduction to styles from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (ed. Jane Griffiths) (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Dinny McLaughlin: From Barefoot Days (Druid Publications, 2005); she co-edited Ethnomusicology Ireland (ICTM Ireland’s online journal) with Tony Langlois (2015) and Crosbhealach an Cheoil/The Crossroad Conference 1 and 2 with Fintan Vallely et. al.. She has also contributed various articles to the The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (Gill & Macmillan, 2013), The Encyclopaedia of Ireland, (Gill & Macmillan, 2003) and The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (Cork University Press, 2011, 1999)and has presented and published numerous papers and keynote addresses on Cape Breton music and on                                                                                                 topics related to Irish music, the arts and funding and injury prevention for traditional musicians. (the Safe Trad project)