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Dr Ismini Vasileiou BSc (Hons) PGCE EdD FBCS SFHEA

Associate Professor of Information Systems

Brief biographical information


Ismini Vasileiou is an Associate Professor o Information Systems and Programme lead of the BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions at the University of Plymouth (including a Cyber Security Analyst pathway), with research interests including security education and technology-supported learning. She holds an EdD in Flexible Learning for Computing Degrees in Higher Education, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is actively involved in academic delivery at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as the supervision of postgraduate research. She has previously published on topics including flexible learning, security education and technology-supported delivery, and has delivered a variety of invited presentations and keynote talks into relation to topics such as unconscious bias and stereotypes in STEM topics. Dr Vasileiou is currently the Chair of the STEM special interest group within the International Academic Peer Learning Leadership group, and is also actively involved in professional body activities for the computing sector, including current roles within the BCS South West Branch as the Chair, BCSWomen as the EDI officer, and the BCS Learning and Development Specialist Group.f

Research interests

We welcome applications for self-funded PhDs in the below areas:

  • Big Data and Information Systems
  • Security Education and Gamification
  • Learning Analytics

Professional memberships



External appointments

2017                 BCS Education Portfolio Reviewer

2017-present        Chair of BCS South West Branch

2017-present        STEM Champion, High View Primary School, Plymouth

2017-present        Member, IFIP TCP WG 3.3 Research into Educational Applications of Information Technologies

2016-present        Member, IFIP TCP WG 11.8 Information Security Education

2016-present        Membership Secretary, BCSLearningandDevelopmentSG

2015-present        CommitteeMember, BCSWomen

2015-present        Chair of STEM SIG International Academic Peer Learning Leadership group

2015-2017           Secretary, BCSSouthWestBranch

2013-2015           Barefoot Computing Workshop Curriculum Leader for Teachers



Grants and other income

  1.               Vasileiou, I. 2017. Peer Assisted Learning for Mature students in STEM, Plymouth University, £2,500
  2.               Vasileiou, I. 2011. PeerAssistedLearningScheme (PALS), PlymouthUniversity£25,000.

Journal papers

Security education and awareness: just let them burn?
Furnell SM, Vasileiou I
Network Security, Volume 2017, Issue 12, December 2017, Pages 5-9, 2017
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Blended Learning: the transformation of Higher Education curriculum
Vasileiou I
Ανοικτή Εκπαίδευση: το περιοδικό για την Ανοικτή και εξ Αποστάσεως Εκπαίδευση και την Εκπαιδευτική Τεχνολογία, vol. 5, iss. 1, pp77-87, 2010
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2 Journal papers

Conference papers

The Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship: An Academic Route to Embedding Professional Skills
Vasileiou I, Clarke NL
17th Annual Security Conference, Las Vegas, 26- 28 March 2018, 2018
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An evaluation of Accelerated Learning Degrees
Vasileiou I
HEA STEM Conference , Newcastle, UK, 31 January – 1 February 2018, 2018
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Enhancing Security Education Recognising Threshold Concepts and other influencing factors
Vasileiou I, Furnell SM
Proceedings of ICISSP 2018 - 4th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 22-24 January 2018, pp398-403, 2018
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iPads in Education: Positive Pedagogy versus Problematic Practicalities
Furnell SM, Vasileiou I, Outram N
Proceedings of the London International Conference on Education (LICE-2017), Cambridge, UK, 11-14 December 2017, 2017
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What is to be a Teacher in Higher Education: The relationship between Teaching and Research
Vasileiou I
6th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Loutraki, Greece, pp568-578, 2011
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Integrating PDP (Personal Development Planning) and the e-portfolios in Accelerated Learning courses emphasising on employability
Vasileiou I
5th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Athens, Greece, pp1-9, 2009
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Can ICT support learning and teaching in Computing courses? How do we choose and use?
Vasileiou I
4th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Athens, Greece, 2007
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7 Conference papers

9 publication(s) - all categories.

Editorships / Refereeing for journals

Journal Reviewer

  1.    Computers and Security
  2.    Information and Computer Security
  3.    Neural Computing and Applications Journal
  4.    Horizon:ComputerScienceandInformationTechnology
  5.    JournalofComputerScienceinHigherEducation(JCHE)
  6.    JournalofLearningDevelopmentinHigherEducation

Conference Committees and Reviewing

  1.    Associate Editor, ECIS: European Conference on Information Systems, Portsmouth, UK, 23-28 June 2018
  2.    Reviewer, HAISA: 11th International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance, Adelaide, Australia, 28-30 November 2017
  3.    Programme Committee, 28thInternationalConferenceonDatabaseExpertSystemsApplications (DEXA), LyonFrance, 28-31 August 2017
  4.    Technical Programme Committee, The 8thInternationalConferenceonInformationTechnologyinEducation (CITE 2017) February 26 to 28, 2017 in Guilin, China
  5.    Programme Committee, 10thWorldConferenceonInformationSecurityEducation (WISE 10), Rome Italy, 28-31 May 2017
  6.    Technical Programme Committee, The Ninth International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications DBKDA 2017, Barcelona, Spain, May 21 - 25, 2017



Conferences organised


  1. 'Women in STEM: Inspriring the Next Generations' Plymouth University, 23rd March 2017
  2. Programme Committee 28th International Conference on Database Expert Systems Applications, LyonFrance, 28-31 August 2017
  3. Programme Committee, 10th World Conference on Information Security Education (WISE 10), Rome Italy, 28-31 May 2017
  4. TCP The Ninth International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications DBKDA 2017, Barcelona, Spain, May 21 - 25, 2017
  5. TCP Member for The 8th International Conferenceon Information Technology in Education (CITE 2017) Guilin, China, 26th to 28th February, 2017
  6. 'Women in STEM: Celebrating Science and Engineering' Plymouth University, 10th March 2016
  7. 'Women in STEM: Celebrating Science and Engineering' Plymouth University, 10th March 2016
  8. 'International Women's Day' Plymouth University, 8th March 2016
  9. TCP Member for The 7th International Conference on Information Technology in Education (CITE 2016) February 28th to March 1st, Beijing, China
  10. Guinness World Record Attempt 'App-A-Thon', Plymouth University, June 2015
  11. BCS South West Branch “Women in IT”, 19th March 2015

Current MPhil/PhD Supervisions

Invited Presentations, Lectures, etc.

  1.  “Peer Learning in STEM”,Workshop,  RAISE Conference, Manchester September 2017
  2.  “Diversity in Tech: Recruitment, Resillience, Retention”, Invited Panellist Bristol July 2017
  3.  “Peer Learning in STEM”, Workshop, European Forum of Peer Learning, Lund June 2017
  4.  “Unconscious Bias: Confronting the Stereotypes”, TEDx Plymouth, March 2017
  5.  Unconscious Bias Training for ICESouthWest, December 2016
  6.  “TheGeekculture, socialinteractionandflippedclassroom”, VC’sTeachingandLearning Conference, Plymouth, June2016
  7. “PeopleLikeMe: ConfrontingStereotypes”, VC’sTeachingandLearningConference, Plymouth, June2016
  8. ‘PinkorBlue: ConfrontingtheStereotypes’ InvitedtalkforGo4SETAwardsevent, PlymouthUK, May2016
  9.  ‘EmpoweringSTEM’ InvitedtalkforGo4SETLaunchevent, PlymouthUK, February 2016
  10.  “TheGeekCultureandPeerLearning”, VC’sTeachingandLearningConference, Plymouth, June2015
  11.  Invited Keynote Speaker,STEMAwards,PlymouthUK,21May2015.
  12.  “WomeninSTEM: CareerProgression”, WomeninSTEMeventpartoftheBritishScienceWeekatPlymouthUniversity,20March2015
  13. “WomeninIT”, invitedtalk, BedfordshireBCSStudentChapter, LutonUK, February 2015.
  14. InvitedKeynoteSpeaker, WomeninSTEM, PlymouthUTCUK, December2014.

Other professional/academic activities/roles/duties

  1. Chair of Equality and Diversity Commitee for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Plymouth University
  2. Chair of STEM SIG International Academic Peer Learning Leadership Group
  3. Athena Swan Champion for School of Computing, Electronics and Mathemtics, Plymouth University
  4. Mentor for women in STEM (in Greek)
  5. Member of the Plymouth University Women's network advisory group
  6. Shortlisted for the WISE Advisor Award 2012 and 2014
  7. Winner of the Plymouth University 2012 SSTAR Award 'Most dedicated project supervisor'