Dr Ismini Vasileiou

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

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

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

T: 0116 366 4271

E: ismini.vasileiou@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isminivasileiou/


Personal profile

Dr Ismini Vasileiou is an Associate Professor in Information Systems (FBCS, SFHEA) and Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) at the School of Computer Science and Informatics. Dr Vasileiou has extensive leadership experience in the discipline of Computer Science and its related fields, from developing at strategic level new courses to managing and implementing the Degree Apprenticeships portfolio. She has managed and led teams on Information Systems as the Head of Department and has led various prestige institutional bids and schemes such as for the Office for Students. Her focus is Pedagogical Development across disciplines and the importance of Ditigal Transformation in Education.

Dr. Vasileiou's research interests include Social Engineering, Security Education, Learning Analytics and Technology-supported Learning. Dr Vasileiou is regularly been invited to deliver a variety of keynote presentations in relation to topics of Digital Transformation in Higher Education, Social Engineering and Cyber Education.

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

Research group affiliations

  • Cyber Technology Institute (CTI)

Publications and outputs


  • I.Vasileiou and S.Furnell. 2019. Cybersecurity Education for Awareness and Compliance. IGI Global, Hershey, PA. 306pp.

Chapters in Books

  • Vasileiou, I. (2021). “The Cyber Skills Gap”, in Cybersecurity Issues in Emerging Technologies”,  (in press)
  • 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.
  • 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, January 22-24, 2018, Revised Selected Papers, P.Mori, S.Furnell and O.Camp (Eds.), Communications in Computer and Information Science, Springer. 

Refereed papers in journals

  • 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)
  •  Furnell, S. and Vasileiou, I. (2017), “Security Education and Awareness: Just let them burn?“, in Network Security
  • Vasileiou, I. (2008), “Blended Learning: The transformation of Higher  Education curriculum”, Open Education: The journal forOpen and Distance Education and Education Technology


Refereed conference contributions

  • Papathanasaki, M., Dimitriou, G., Maglaras, L, Vasileiou, I., Janicke, H. (2020) “From Cyber terrorism to Cyber Peacekeeping: re we there yet?”, 24th Panhellenic Conference on Informatics, 20-22 November 2020
  • Vasileiou, I. (2020) “Cyber Security Education and Training Delivering industry relevant education and skills via Degree Apprenticeships, HAISA 2020
  • Vasileiou, I. (2020) “Athena SWAN: One for All, or All for One?”, Advance HE EDI Conference, Edinburgh, March 2020 
  • Vasileiou, I. (2020) “Social Inclusion in STEM: Schemes, Myths and Suggestions”, Advance HE STEM Conference, Manchester, January 2020 
  • Vasileiou, I. and Haskell-Dowland, P. (2019) “Addressing STEM Geek Culture Through Peer Learning”, Proceedings 11thInternational Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Palma Spain, July 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Vasileiou, I. (2018), “An evaluation of Accelerated Learning Degrees”,  HEA STEM Conference Newcastle, UK, 31 January – 1 February 2018
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vasileiou, I. (2007), Can ICT support learning and teaching in Computing courses? How do we choose and use? Proceedingsof the 4th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Athens, Greece, 23 -25 November 2007

Other published outputs

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

Learning Analytics

Technology Supported Delivery


  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”

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

  • 2021   Consultant/Advisor for the SFIAv8 Review/Update
  • 2020 – Present WHEN (Women’s Network in Higher Education) Core Team Researcher
  • 2020 – Present Trustee Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, Leicester, UK
  • 2020  ESRC New Investigator Award Reviewer
  • 2018 BCS Skills Editor for Competency and Capability L&D Specialism during the SFIAv7 Upgrade
  • 2017 BCS Education Portfolio Reviewer
  • 2017-2019 Chair of BCS South West Branch
  • 2017-present NTFS and Global Teaching Excellence Award Reviewer 
  • 2016-2019 Chair School Governor for Learning Standards
  • 2017-2019 Vice-Chair School Governor
  • 2016-2017 BCS Level 1/2 Apprenticeships Subject Matter Expert
  • 2016-present Member, IFIP TCP WG 11.8 Information Security Education 
  • 2016-present Membership Secretary and EDI Officer, BCS Learning and Development SG
  • 2015-2019 EDI Committee Member, BCSWomen
  • 2015-2018 Chair of STEM SIG International Academic Peer Learning Leadership group 
  • 2015-2017 Secretary, BCS South West Branch 
  • 2013-2015 Barefoot Computing Workshop Curriculum Leader for Teachers
  • 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


Office For Students Short Course Challenge 2021

KTP Lead Academic: To develop a tool that manages medical device standard compliance for agile-style software development

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

Vasileiou, I. 2017. Peer Assisted Learning for Mature students in STEM, Plymouth University

Vasileiou, I. 2011. Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS), Plymouth University

Recent research outputs


Current research students

  1. Current PhD supervision

    As Director of Studies

    2021           Ms Chandrima Rodrigo, “Personality and Character Traits that Influence an Internet User’s behaviour towards Cyber Crime”

    2020           Mr Chirag Dattani, Impact of Internationalisation of UK HE on Learning Technologies

    2020           Ms Eirini Kalaitzopoulou, Learning Analytics in Higher Education

    2018           Mr Craig Banyard, Learning Analytics: A Student perspective

    2018           Ms Trudy Ward, Agile Methodologies for Medical Devices


    As Supervisor

    2018           Mr Zinnar Ghasm “A framework for tailored cyber security training.                “

    2017           Mr Ganesh Manikandan “An ontology-based framework for measuring business value of smart data by considering impact of uncertainty on supply chain processes.”

    Completed PhD supervision

    2018           Dr Martin Dorigo “Visualising Structures of documents for visually impaired people.”

    2016           Dr Eiman Almami “Managing the Semantics of Learning Environments to Accommodate Students with Differences inLearning.”

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. Conference Co-Chair CSTE 2021: The 3rd International Conference on Computer Science And Technologies in Education, Beijing, China,  MAY 28-30, 2021
  2. Programme Committee, ICIS2021: Association for Information Systems, June 2021
  3. Programme Committee, WISE 14: The 14th World Conference on Information Security Education, Online, June 2021
  4. Programme Committee, CybET20021: Cybersecurity Issues in Emerging Technologies Edited Book
  5. Programme Committee, LICE 2020: London international Conference on Education, London, UK, 23-25 November 2020
  6. Reviewer, Societal Impact of IS Track in the International Conference on Information Systems, 2020
  7.  Programme Committee, HAISA: 14th International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance, Greece 8-10 July 2020
  8. Technical Programme Committee, The 12th International Conference in Education Technology and Computers (ICETC 2020), London, UK, October 23-26, 2020
  9. Technical Programmed Committee, The Ninth International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications DEXA 2020, Linz, Germany, Slovakia, September 14-17, 2020
  10. Technical Programmed Committee, The Ninth International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications DEXA 2019, Linz, Germany, Austria, August 26-29, 2019 
  11. Programme Committee, The 12th World Conference in Information Security Education WISE 2019, Lisbon, Portugal, June 25-27, 2019
  12. Technical Programmed Committee, The Ninth International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications DEXA 2018, Regensburg, Germany, September 3-6, 2018 
  13. Associate Editor, ECIS: European Conference on Information Systems, Portsmouth, UK, 23-28 June 2018
  14. Reviewer, HAISA: 11th International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance, Adelaide, Australia, 28-30 November 2017
  15. Programme Committee, 28th International Conference on Database Expert Systems Applications (DEXA), Lyon France, 28-31 August 2017
  16. Technical Programmed Committee, The 8th International Conference on Information Technology in Education (CITE 2017) February 26 to 28, 2017 in Guilin, China
  17. Programme Committee, 10th World Conference on Information Security Education (WISE 10), Rome Italy, 28-31 May 2017
  18. 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. "Building your career: From tools to certifications”, University of Ioannina, Greece, November 2021
    2. “Online environments for assessment – what’s next? Flexible and adaptable approaches to current methods of assessment” EdTech Digital and Learning, November 2021
    3. “Student Experience: The impact of Digital Transformation and the sense of Place in Education”, UCISA, October 2021
    4. “Exploring Pathways in Tech” Panellist, WISE Campaign 
    5. “Social Engineering”, GCHQ Top Secret: Late, Manchester Science Museum August 2021
    6. “The true meaning of Digital Transformation: Learning Environment vs Tech”, UCISA, May 2021
    7. “Cybersecurity Training and Awareness for the HE Sector”, UCISA, May 2021
    8. “Digital Transformation in Higher Education: Revolution or Evolution?”, Innovating Higher Education: The Digital Education Virtual Conference, May 18 2021
    9. “Focused pedagogy: How should Higher Education look like in the post covid era?”, Keynote Speaker, Ireland International Conference on Education, Ireland, 27-29 April 2021
    10. “BAME Professors” Panel Discussion, Decolonising DMU, De Montfort University, February 2021
    11. “Digital Transformation in Higher Education”, University of Ioannina, January 2021
    12. “Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion” University of Nottingham, November 2020
    13. “The Gender gap in Research”, Early Career Research Group at University of Birmingham, November 2020
    14. “Digital Transformation in Higher Education: National and International Education from the Living Room”, OEB: Shaping the Future of Learning, Germany, December 2020
    15. “A Global crisis transforming Teaching from didactic to Online overnight”, LICE 2020, London 23-25 November 2020
    16. “Women in Leadership”, Digital Women, Institute of Coding, August 2020
    17. Round Table Facilitator at “If Not Now, When” Conference, WHEN, July 2020
    18. “Challenging EDI Governance”, De Montfort University, March 2020
    19. "Social Engineering and the importance for IT Professionals”, University of Wolverhampton, October 2019
    20. “diversITy – Promoting e-skills training for a diverse tech workforce”, Expert Panellist, London October 2018
    21. “Social Engineering”, Workshop, Secure South West, Plymouth February 2018
    22. “Peer Learning in STEM”, Workshop, RAISE Conference, Manchester September 2017
    23. “Diversity in Tech: Recruitment, Resilience, Retention”, Invited Panellist Bristol July 2017
    24. “Peer Learning in STEM”, Workshop, European Forum of Peer Learning, Lund June 2017
    25. “Unconscious Bias: Confronting the Stereotypes”, TEDx Plymouth, March 2017
    26. Unconscious Bias Training for ICE South West, December 2016
    27. “The Geek culture, social interaction and flipped classroom”, VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth, June 2016
    28. “People Like Me: Confronting Stereotypes”, VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth, June 2016
    29. ‘Pink or Blue: Confronting the Stereotypes’ Invited talk for Go4SET Awards event, Plymouth UK, May 2016
    30. ‘Empowering STEM’ Invited talk for Go4SET Launch event, Plymouth UK, February 2016
    31. “The Geek Culture and Peer Learning”, VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth, June 2015
    32. Invited Keynote Speaker, STEM Awards, Plymouth UK, 21 May 2015.
    33. “Women in STEM: Career Progression”, Women in STEM event part of the British Science Week at Plymouth University, 20 March2015
    34. “Women in IT”, invited talk, Bedfordshire BCS Student Chapter, Luton UK, February 2015.
    35. Invited Keynote Speaker, Women in STEM, Plymouth UTC UK, December 2014.

Events Organised

  1. Industrial Cadets STEM Week, Cyber Day, 25th November 2020
  2. Women in STEM: Inspiring the next generations, 23rd March 2017, Plymouth, UK.
  3. Women in STEM: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering, 10th March 2016, Plymouth University 
  4. ‘Celebrating International Women’s Day’, Plymouth, UK, 8th March 2016.
  5. BCSWomen, App-A-Thon Guinness World Record Attempt Coding Event, Plymouth, UK, 13th June 2015.
  6. BCS South West Branch, “Women in IT”, 19th March 2015.
  7. Workshop on “Requirements Analysis” for Plymouth UTC students, Plymouth, UK, 23rd January 2015.