Dr Ismini Vasileiou

Dr Ismini Vasileiou

Associate Professor in Information Systems (Education)

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


**SSTAR Award 2012 for the category "Most dedicated project supervisor"

**Shortlisted for the National 2012 and 2014 WISE Advisor Award

Ismini Vasileiou is an Associate Professor of 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.


BSc(Hons) PGCE EdD

Certified Supplemental Instruction/PASS Supervisor

Certified SAP User

Certified Flux Supervisor

Professional membership

Fellow, British Computer Society 
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

journal reviewer 

1.  Computers and Security

2.  Information and Computer Security

3.  Neural Computing and Applications Journal

4.  Horizon: Computer Science and Information Technology

5.  Journal of Computer Science in Higher Education (JCHE)

6.  Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education

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, 28th International Conference on Database Expert Systems Applications (DEXA),Lyon France, 28-31 August 2017

4.   Technical Programme Committee, The 8th International Conference on InformationTechnology inEducation (CITE 2017) February 26 to 28, 2017 in Guilin, China

5.   Programme Committee, 10th World Conference on Information Security Education (WISE10), 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


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 11.8Information Security Education 

2016-present        EDI Officer, BCS Learning and Development SG

2015-present        Committee Member and EDI Officer, BCSWomen

2015-2017            Secretary, BCS South West Branch

2013-2015            Barefoot Computing Workshop Curriculum Leader for Teachers


Teaching interests

Current teaching commitment

2016 - Present     Programme Manager for BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions

Module Leader for:  

2016 - Present     ISAD251 Database Development/ORACLE PL/SQL

2016 - Present     ISAD353 Advanced Database Development and Data Mining

Past teaching commitment

2010 – 2016        Stage One tutor for Computing programme suite

2015 – 2016        Delivered PDP content within five Immersive Modules Computing programmes

2006 – 2014        ISAD139 Ethical issues and Awareness in IT/The IT Professional (Module Leader)

2013 – 2014        CNET050  Computer Systems (Module Leader)

2005 – 2015        ISAD131 Database Development and Systems Analysis and Design (Module Leader)

2006 – 2007        ISAD130 Information Systems Requirements

2010 – 2012        COMP218 Software Development (Module Leader)

2005 – 2009        TECH043 Introduction to Computer Programming and Applications (Module Leader)

2005 – 2009        TECH044 Introduction to Computer Systems (Module Leader)

Research interests

  • We welcome applications for self-funded PhDs in the below areas:
  • Big Data and Information Systems
  • Security Education and Gamification
  • Learning Analytics

Grants & contracts

2017 Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) for Mature Students

Peer Assisted learning Scheme PALS for Computing students 2012-2013

Key publications are highlighted

Furnell S & Vasileiou I 2017 'Security education and awareness: just let them burn?' Network Security 2017, (12) 5-9 , DOI PEARL
Vasileiou I 2009 'Blended Learning: The transformation of Higher Education curriculum' Open Education: The journal for Open and Distance Education and Education Technology Publisher Site
Vasileiou I; Furnell S 2019 Cybersecurity Education for Awareness and Compliance. IGI Global , DOI
Conference Papers
Vasileiou I & Furnell S 2018 'Enhancing security education recognising threshold concepts and other influencing factors' 398-403
Vasileiou I 2017 'Peer Learning in STEM' RAISE: Perspectives on student engagement; looking forward…thinking back Manchester, UK 06/09/2017 08/09/2017
Vasileiou I 2017 'Peer Learning in STEM' European Conference of Peer Learning Lund, Sweden
Vasileiou I 2011 'What is to be a Teacher in Higher Education: The relationship between Teaching and Research' 6th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning Loutraki, Greece 04/11/2011 06/11/2011
Vasileiou I 2009 'Integrating PDP (Personal Development Planning) and the e-portfolios in Accelerated Learning courses emphasising on employability' 5th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning Athens, Greece 27/11/2009 29/11/2009
Vasileiou I 2007 'Can ICT support learning and teaching in Computing courses? How do we choose and use?' 4th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning Athens, Greece 23/11/2007 25/11/2007

Other academic activities

Invited Presentations, Lectures, etc.
  1. “Peer Learning in STEM”,Workshop,  RAISE Conference, Manchester September 2017

     “Diversity in Tech: Recruitment, Resillience,Retention”, Invited Panellist Bristol July 2017

    “Peer Learning in STEM”, Workshop, European Forum ofPeer Learning, Lund June 2017

    TEDx Plymouth Theme: 'Evolution of Inspiration with' and the talk is "Unconsious Bias: Confronting Stereotypes, March 2017 

    Invited for Unconscious Bias Training at the South West ICE Chairs’ Meeting, Exeter, December 201

    "People Like Me", VC's Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth, June 2016

    "Flipped Classroom for Computing Students", VC's Digital Learning Conference, Plymouth, June 2016

    "Pink or Blue? Confronting the Stereotypes", Invited Talk for Go4SET EDT Awards Ceremony, Plymouth UK,  May 2016

    "Empowering STEM", Invited talk for Go4SET Launch event, Plymouth UK, February 2016 

    “The  Geek  Culture  and  Peer  Learning”,  VC’s Teaching  and  Learning  Conference, Plymouth, June 2015

    Invited Keynote Speaker, Go4SET EDT Awards, Plymouth UK, May 2015

    "Women in STEM: Career Progression”, Women in STEM event part of the British Science Week at Plymouth University, March 2015

    “Women in IT”, invited talk, Bedfordshire BCS Student Chapter, Luton UK, February 2015.

  2. Invited Keynote Speaker, Women in STEM, Plymouth UTC UK, December 2014.
Other professional/academic activities/roles/duties
  1. External Examiner for the University of Hertfordshire  

    ExternalExaminer for the University of Northampton

    ExternalExaminer for the University of Kingston

    InternalExaminer for the University of Plymouth PGCAP Degree Apprenticeship

    SubjectMatter Expert for BCS Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Literacy

    BecketLeeds University, BSc (Hons) Digital Technologies & Solutions External Examiner

    University of Bedfordshire MSc Periodic Reviewer External Examiner

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


  • Ismini vasileiou part of Infosecurity CSCAN  Research Group
  • Ismini Vasileiou part of Big Data Research group 
  • Ismini Vasileiou on LinkedIn