Professor Liz Bacon
Professor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, FIScT, PFHEA, MACM is Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Abertay University in Scotland. She is currently President of EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education).
She was President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the year 2014-2015 and is a past Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing, and the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) national committee. Liz is a Professor of Computer Science with over a hundred refereed publications and over 85 invited talks / keynotes. She is an experienced journal and conference reviewer, editorial board member, and PhD supervisor, and has been involved in several EU research projects, including being Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator for two EU FP7 projects. She is an experienced systems designer and developer and her research interests include computing policy, smart systems, security, semantic web, big data, artificial intelligence and technology enhanced learning (TEL). Within TEL, she has applied her research in software engineering, artificial intelligence and security to a range of application areas such as crisis management and eHealth, focusing on: smart games-based learning environments; metacognition and learning strategies; adaptable, adaptive and personalised systems; and the use of social media in online learning.
Liz has been involved in many professional activities during her career which include working with: e-skills UK, the Science Council, Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM), the National HE STEM programme, EKKA (Estonian Quality Assurance Agency), SKVC (the Lithuania Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education), ASIIN (German Quality Assurance Agency), AKKORK (Russian accreditation agency) and the University of Cambridge as an ICT Thought Leader for their International Examinations. She also researches, publishes, and is a regular international speaker, on the supply and demand of e-skills to the IT industry. Liz is passionate about the development of her discipline and keen to inspire more people to choose computing as a career, particularly women. During her BCS Presidential year she set up a senior women’s network in STEM, called STELLAR which works to encourage more women to enter STEM professions.