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Dr Ismini Vasileiou BSc (Hons) PGCE EdD MBCS SFHEA

Lecturer in Information Systems

Brief biographical information


Ismini Vasileiou is a Lecturer in Information Systems at Plymouth University, UK in the School of Computing and Mathematics (SoCEM), specialising in Database Development (Oracle, Spatial etc). Ismini is an active member of women in STEM community and part of a variety of committees and advisory groups supporting equality, diversity and inclusion. Being nominated twice for a WISE Advisor award, she is not only working towards an equal and diverse environment at her workplace, but also participating in international activities to promote and support women in STEM.

Ismini is the Chair of STEM SIG International Academic Peer Learning Leadership Group in Higher Education. Running PAL within SoCEM for 6 years now, she is gradually expanding across the school and coordinating it. PAL is now available to all Stage 1 students across SoCEM, Stage 4 Direct Entrants, all Foundation Pathways across the Faculty and now available for PhD students.

She is chairing the Equality and Diversity Committee for the Faculty of Science and Engineering and leading the Athena Swan bid for the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics. 

Ismini's external engagements vary from reviewing journals, to invited keynote speeches and delivering a variety of training such as Unconscious Bias. 

Research interests

  • Big Data
  • Information Systems
  • Computers in Education
  • Social Networks, Security and Education
  • Learning Analytics
  • Socio-technical aspects
  • Felxible/Blended/Distance/Online Learning
  • The use of Cloud, IT/ICT in teaching and learning 
  • Peer learning in Higher Education STEM
  • Gender issues in STEM


Professional memberships



External appointments

Chair of STEM SIG International Academic Peer Learning Leadership Group

BCS South West Branch Secretary

BCSWomen Specialist group Commitee Member

BCS L&D Membership Secretary



2017                      External Examiner for the University of Hertfordshire

2017                      External Examiner for the University of Northampton

2017                      External Examiner for the University of Kingston

2017                      Internal Examiner for the University of Plymouth PGCAP Degree Apprenticeship

2017-present          Subject Matter Expert for BCS Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Literacy

2017                      Becket Leeds University, BSc (Hons) Digital Technologies & Solutions External      Examiner

2016                      UniversityofBedfordshireMScPeriodicReviewerExternalExaminer



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

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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1 Journal papers

Conference papers

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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3 Conference papers

4 publication(s) - all categories.

Editorships / Refereeing for journals

Reviewer for:

  1. Association for Learning Development in Higher Education
  2. Journal of Computing in Higher Education
  3. Horizon Research Publishing Co.,Ltd.

Conferences organised

In Progress

  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'