Iro joined the Education Development Unit at Imperial College in March 2016. Iro holds a first degree in Neuropsychology, an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology, a PGDip in Experimental Psychology, a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience (City University of London), and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Prior to joining Imperial, and in parallel to her doctoral training, Iro taught as a Visiting Lecturer in Psychology at City University of London on the BSc in Psychology programme, and was module leader for the joint MSc and MRes in Psychology module on Advanced Research Methodology, Experimental Design and Statistics. With particular expertise in quantitative analyses and experimental design for psychological research, Iro provided design and anaysis-related consultancy to PhD and Professional Doctorate (DPsych) colleagues, and was the named contact for UG and PG data analysis student clinics. Having a particular interest in exploring effective methods for the teaching of technical and scientific subjects from early on in her teaching career, Iro was offerred a lectureship in Educational Development with City UoL's Department for Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD). As part of her role, Iro researched pedagogical approaches in the teaching of STEM subjects, with a particular focus on Peer Instruction, use of Augmented Reality in lab-based teaching, and evaluating the effect of flexible learning spaces on student performance and engagement. Additionally, during her time with LEaD, Iro taught on the Department's MA in Academic Practice, where she led the Programme's module on Learning, Teaching, and Assessment, and was the named contact for pedagogical consultancy for the University's School of Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science.
Iro's research interests include: educational neuroscience, individual variability in learning, lab-based teaching, discipline-specific pedagogical approaches, inclusive/Universal curriculum design, and the inter-sectionality between online and face-to-face teaching approaches.
STAR Framework (HEA accredited scheme for Imperial College London)
Iro heads the STAR framework, which offers flexible pathways towards Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy to Imperial College London staff able to evidence a commitment to best practice in teaching and learning.
Masters in University Learning and Teaching (MEd in ULT)
As of 2018-2019, Iro is Programme co-convenor for the MEd in ULT.
Iro is also module leader for the core module How Students Learn at the PGCert level, and teaches sessions on Developing an Inclusive Practice at the PGDip level, while also contributing sessions on quantitative research methodology for the MEd in Surgical Education.
Iro supervises students across all levels of the MEd in ULT.
Iro leads on the following workshops:
- Introduction to Making Teaching More Inclusive
- Practical Guide to Lab-Based Teaching
- Practical Guide to One-Off Teaching
- Introduction to the STAR Framework - Senior HEA Fellowship