Fellow: Bacon
Elected: 2023
Discipline: Professional, Educational and Public Sector Leadership
Professor Liz Bacon
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Abertay University
Liz is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University. She is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist, and Chartered IT Professional, as well as a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Liz is a current Trustee and Director of Bletchley Park Trust, and a Board member of V&A Dundee. She is a past President of both BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education), and a past Chair of both the BCS Academy of Computing, and the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing). In 2015 she was voted the 35th Most Influential Woman in UK IT.
Liz is a Professor of Computer Science, with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Her research focuses primarily on technology-enhanced, and immersive, learning. Professor Bacon is a worldwide speaker on a range of topics, including preparing staff and students for the fourth industrial revolution’s impact on teaching, learning and work, and improving diversity and participation in STEM, particularly among women and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Throughout her career, she has worked to improve quality and standards in higher education, including a focus on degree accreditation standards both in the UK and internationally.