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Dr Ismini Vasileiou

Job: Associate Professor in Information Systems/Subject Group Lead and Associate Head in Teaching and Learning

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: 0116 366 4271



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Dr Ismini Vasileiou Associate Professor in Information Systems (FBCS, SFHEA) is holding the roles of: Associate Head for Teaching and Learning and Subject Lead in Information Systems in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Leading the team on Information Systems, developing cutting edge curriculum giving attention to diverse teaching and assessment.

Dr. Vasileiou's research interests include Social Engineering, Security Education, Information Systems, Big Data and Technology-supported Learning. Holding an EdD in Flexible Learning for Computing Degrees in Higher Education, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of BCS, Dr Vasileiou is actively involved in academic delivery at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as the supervision of BSc, MSc and postgraduate research(PhD). Dr Vasileiou is publishing on topics including flexible learning, security education, and technology-supported delivery, and delivers a variety of invited presentations and keynote talks in relation to topics such as unconscious bias and stereotypes in STEM topics.

She was a successful Athena SWAN lead and has led various policy changes across the institutions. Has worked extensively on Unconscious Bias training material and can deliver it internally and externally as and when needed. In addition Dr Vasileiou is certified by RedGoat/GCHQ on Social Engineering and deliverin gtraining as and when needed.

To discuss PhD opportuntities please email Dr Vasileiou. (See below for research interests and areas of expertise)

Research group affiliations

  • Cyber Technology Institute (CTI)
  • Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)

Publications and outputs 


  1. I.Vasileiou and S.Furnell. 2019. Cybersecurity Education for Awareness and Compliance. IGI Global, Hershey, PA. 306pp.
  2. 1.       S.M.Furnell, and I.Vasileiou. 2019."A Holistic View of Cybersecurity Education Requirements", in Cybersecurity Education for Awareness and Compliance, I.Vasileiou and S.Furnell (Eds.), IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp1-18.

Chapters in Books


  1. I.Vasileiou and S.Furnell. 2019. “Personalising Security Education ‐ Factors influencing individual awareness and compliance”,Information Systems Security and Privacy, Fourth International Conference, ICISSP 2018, Madeira, Portugal, Jaruary 22-24, 2018, Revised Selected Papers, P.Mori, S.Furnell and O.Camp (Eds.), Communications in Computer and Information Science, Springer.
    1. Vasileiou, I., Knahl, M. , Sankaran, G., Siestrup,G. (2020) A Measurement Model of Value of Data for Decision Making in the Digital Era, Journal of Integrated Supply Management (accepted)


Refereed papers in journals

2.       Vasileiou, I. (2008), “Blended Learning: The transformation of Higher  Education curriculum”, Open Education: The journal forOpen and Distance Education and Education Technology

3.        Furnell, S. and Vasileiou, I. (2017), “Security Education and Awareness: Just let them burn?“, to appear in Network Security, December 2017

Refereed conference contributions

  1. Vasileiou, I. (2020) “Cyber Security Education and Training Delivering industry relevant education and skills via Degree Apprenticeships, HAISA 2020
  2. Vasileiou, I. (2020) “Athena SWAN: One for All, or All for One?”, Advance HE EDI Conference, Edinburgh, March 2020 
  3. Vasileiou, I. (2020) “Social Inclusion in STEM: Schemes, Myths and Suggestions”, Advance HE STEM Conference, Manchester, January 2020 
  4. Vasileiou, I. and Haskell-Dowland, P. (2019) “Addressing STEM Geek Culture Through Peer Learning”, Proceeedings 11thInternational Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Palma Spain, July 2019
  5. C. Barnyard and I. Vasileiou (2019) “Student-centred analytics: Putting analytics into the hands of students”, Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC), Darmstadt, Germany, 29 March
  6. G. Sankaran, M. Knahl, G. Siestrup and I. Vasileiou (2019) “Value of Smart Data for Supply Chain decisions in a rich uncertain world”, Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC), Darmstadt, Germany, 29 March
  7. S.Furnell, N.Outram and I.Vasileiou (2018) “Digital Technologies in Education: When to say goodbye”, World Congress of Education, Dublin, Ireland, 15-18 July
  8. Vasileiou, I. (2018), “An evaluation of Accelerated Learning Degrees”,  HEA STEM Conference Newcastle, UK, 31 January – 1 February 2018
  9. I.Vasileiou and S.Furnell. 2018. “Enhancing Security Education Recognising Threshold Concepts and other influencing factors”, in Proceedings of ICISSP 2018 - 4th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 22-24 January 2018, pp398-403.
  10. S.Furnell, I.Vasileiou, N.Outram (2017) “iPads in Education: Positive Pedagogies versus Problematic Practicalities”, London International Conference on Education (LICE-2017), Cambridge, UK, 11-14 December 2017 (accepted)
  11. Vasileiou, I. (2011), “What is to be a Teacher in Higher Education: The relationship between Teaching and Research”, 6thInternational Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Loutraki, Greece 6-9 November 2011.
  12. Vasileiou, I. (2009), Integrating PDP (Personal Development Planning) and the e-portfolios in Accelerated Learning coursesemphasising on employability, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Athens, Greece, 27-29 November 2009.
  13. Vasileiou, I. (2007), Can ICT support learning and teaching in Computing courses? How do we choose and use? Proceedings ofthe 4th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Athens, Greece, 23 -25 November 2007

Other published outputs

1.        Dowland, P. and Vasileiou, I. (2020), “Cyber Threats at Home: How to keep kids safe while they are learning online”, The Conversation

2.       Vasileiou, I. (2017) Data Normalisation: A Systematic Approach to Data Structuring and Organisation, Computing Review Magazine 


Research interests/expertise

We welcome PhD applications on the below topics. For more information please email Dr Vasileiou

Social Engineering,

Security Education, Training and Compliance

Big Data

Learning Analytics

Agile methods and development

Areas of teaching

  1. Past teaching commitment

    2019 – 2020                  IMAT2428         Database Design (Module Leader)

    2019 – 2020                  IMAT3103         Research Methods (Module Leader) 

    2016 - 2019                 ISAD251 Database Development/ORACLE PL/SQL (Module Leader)

    2016 - 2019                 ISAD361 Advanced Database Development and Data Mining (Module Leader)

    2018 – 2019                 PRCO204/NET207/PRDC252/PRCS251/SEC203 Integrating Project (Module Leader)

    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 andAwareness in IT/The IT Professional

    2013 – 2014                CNET050  Computer Systems

    2005 – 2015                ISAD131 Database Development and Systems Analysis and Design

    2006 – 2007                 ISAD130 Information Systems Requirements 

    2010 – 2012                 COMP218 Software Development 

    2005 – 2009                 TECH043 Introduction to Computer Programming and Applications

    2005 – 2009                 TECH044 Introduction to Computer Systems


  1. BSc(Hons) Computing Informatics, University of Plymouth UK
  2. PGCE post 16, University of Plymouth UK
  3. EdD - Doctor of Education, University of Sheffield UK  “Flexible Learning for Computing Degrees in Higher Education”

Courses taught

2016-2019 Programme Lead for Degree Apprenticeships BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions 

Honours and awards

2016           Go4SET School Bronze Award

2014           Shortlisted for the WISE Advisor Award

2012           Recipient of ‘Most Dedicated Project Supervisor” SSTAR Award, University of Plymouth

2012           Shortlisted for the WISE Advisor Award

Membership of external committees

  1. 2018 BCS Skills Editor for Competency and Capability L&D Specialism during the SFIAv7 Upgrade
  2. 2017 BCS Education Portfolio Reviewer
  3. 2017-2019 Chair of BCS South West Branch
  4. 2017-present NTFS and Global Teaching Excellence Award Reviewer 
  5. 2016-2019 Chair School Governor for Learning Standards
  6. 2017-2019 Vice-Chair School Governor
  7. 2016-2017 BCS Level 1/2 Apprenticeships Subject Matter Expert
  8. 2016-present Member, IFIP TCP WG 11.8 Information Security Education 
  9. 2016-present Membership Secretary and EDI Officer, BCS Learning and Development SG
  10. 2015-2019 EDI Committee Member, BCSWomen
  11. 2015-2018 Chair of STEM SIG International Academic Peer Learning Leadership group 
  12. 2015-2017 Secretary, BCS South West Branch 
  13. 2013-2015 Barefoot Computing Workshop Curriculum Leader for Teachers
  14. 2013-2015 Barefoot Computing Workshop Curriculum Leader for Teachers

Membership of professional associations and societies

  1. FBCS - Fellow of the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS)
  2. SFHEA - Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Professional licences and certificates

  1. GCHQ Certified Social Engineering Awareness Course
  2. PASS/SI Supplemental Instruction Supervisor 
  3. mySAP ERP Instructor E-Business Software Integration


1. KTP Lead Academic: To develop a tool that manages medical device standard compliance for agile-style software development
2. KTP Lead Academic: To develop a dynamic software analysis tool using large data to predict the impact of new chemicals and compounds upon the environment and to enable certification testing to be optimized
3. Vasileiou, I. 2017. Peer Assisted Learning for Mature students in STEM, Plymouth University
4. Vasileiou, I. 2011. Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS), Plymouth University

Recent research outputs


Current research students

  1. Ms Eirini Kalaitzopoulou, Leanring Analytics in Higher Education
  2. Mr Craig Banyard, Learning Analytics: A Student perspective
  3. Mr Zinnar Ghasm “A framework for tailored cyber security reaining.“
  4. Mr Ganesh Manikandan “An ontology based framework for measuring business value of smart data by considering impact of uncertainty on supply chain processes.”

Professional esteem indicators

Editorial Board

1.     Consultant Editor: International Journal for e-Learning Society

Journal Reviewer

  1. Journal of Cybersecurity Education, research and Practice 
  2. Elsevier Heliyon
  3. Elsevier Computers and Security
  4. Emerald Information and Computer Security
  5. Neural Computing and Applications Journal
  6. Horizon Computer Science and Information Technology
  7. Journal of Computer Science in Higher Education (JCHE)
  8. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education


Conference Committees and Reviewing

1.     Reviewer, Societal Impact of IS Track in the International Conference on Information Systems, 2020

2.     Reviewer, HAISA: 14th International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance, Greece 8-10 July 2020

3.     Technical Programme Committee, The 12th International Conference n Education Technology and Computers (ICETC 2020), London, UK, October 23-26 2020

4.     Technical Programme Committee, The Ninth International Conference on  Database and Expert Systems Applications DEXA 2020, Linz, Germany, Slovakia, September 14-17 2020

5.     Technical Programme Committee, The Ninth International Conference on  Database and Expert Systems Applications DEXA 2019, Linz, Germany, Austria, August 26-29 2019

6.     Programme Committee, The 12th World Conference in Information Security Education WISE 2019, Lisbon, Portugal, June 25-27, 2019

7.     Technical Programme Committee, The Ninth International Conference on  Database and Expert Systems Applications DEXA 2018, Regensburg, Germany, September 3-6, 2018

8.     Associate Editor, ECIS: European Conference on Information Systems, Portsmouth, UK, 23-28 June 2018

9.     Reviewer, HAISA: 11th International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance, Adelaide, Australia, 28-30 November 2017

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

11.   Technical Programme Committee, The 8th International Conference on Information Technology in Education (CITE 2017) February 26 to 28, 2017 in Guilin, China

12.   Programme Committee, 10th World Conference on Information Security Education (WISE 10), Rome Italy, 28-31 May 2017

13.   Technical Programme Committee, The Ninth International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications DBKDA 2017, Barcelona, Spain, May 21 - 25, 2017

Case studies


ORCID number


Invited Lectures, Panels and Keynotes

  1. “Challneging EDI Governance”, De Montfort University, March 2020
  2. "Social Engineering and the importance for IT Professionals”, University of Wolverhampton, October 2019
  3. “diversITy – Promoting e-skills training for a diverse tech workforce”, Expert Panellist, London October 2018
  4. “Social Engineering”, Workshop, Secure South West, Plymouth February 2018
  5. “Peer Learning in STEM”,Workshop,  RAISE Conference, Manchester September 2017
  6. “Diversity in Tech: Recruitment, Resillience, Retention”, Invited Panellist Bristol July 2017
  7. “Peer Learning in STEM”, Workshop, European Forum of Peer Learning, Lund June 2017
  8. “Unconscious Bias: Confronting the Stereotypes”, TEDx Plymouth, March 2017 
  9. Unconscious Bias Training for ICE South West, December 2016
  10. “The Geek culture, social interaction and flipped classroom”, VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth, June 2016
  11. “People Like Me: Confronting Stereotypes”, VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth, June 2016
  12. ‘Pink or Blue: Confronting the Stereotypes’ Invited talk for Go4SET Awards event, Plymouth UK, May 2016
  13. ‘Empowering STEM’ Invited talk for Go4SET Launch event, Plymouth UK, February 2016
  14. “The Geek Culture and Peer Learning”, VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth, June 2015
  15. Invited Keynote Speaker, STEM Awards, Plymouth UK, 21 May 2015.
  16. “Women in STEM: Career Progression”, Women in STEM event part of the British Science Week at Plymouth University, 20 March2015
  17. “Women in IT”, invited talk, Bedfordshire BCS Student Chapter, Luton UK, February 2015.
  18. Invited Keynote Speaker, Women in STEM, Plymouth UTC UK, December 2014.

Events Organised

  1. Women in STEM: Inspiring the next generations, 23rd March 2017, Plymouth, UK.
  2. Women in STEM: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering, 10th March 2016, Plymouth University 
  3. ‘Celebrating International Women’s Day’, Plymouth, UK, 8th March 2016.
  4. BCSWomen, App-A-Thon Guinness World Record Attempt Coding Event, Plymouth, UK, 13th June 2015.
  5. BCS South West Branch, “Women in IT”, 19th March 2015.
  6. Workshop on “Requirements Analysis” for Plymouth UTC students, Plymouth, UK, 23rd January 2015.


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