Professor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, PFHEA, MACM

BCS President 2014/15

Liz Bacon

Professor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, PFHEA, MACM is a Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich in London, with a University wide remit leading the development of technology enhanced learning. She was President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the year 14-15 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 Software Engineering with over a hundred publications and a Co-Director of the eCentre research group. 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 in the past four years.

She is an experienced systems designer and developer and her research interests include computing policy, smart systems, security 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, focussing on: smart games-based learning environments; metacognition and learning strategies; and adaptable, adaptive and personalised systems.

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), EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education), the National HE STEM programme, EKKA (Estonian Quality Assurance 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 (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), called STELLAR (bcs.org/stellar) which works to encourage more women to enter STEM professions.