Imperial College London

Dr Iro Ntonia

Central FacultyCentre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship

Senior Teaching Fellow in Educational Development



+44 (0)20 7594 5891i.ntonia




S508Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Iro joined the Education Development Unit at Imperial College in 2016. Iro holds a first degree in Neuropsychology, an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology, a PGDip in Experimental Psychology, a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience (UoL), and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Iro is a member of Imperial's Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship, and her research interests include: educational neuroscience and psychology, individual variability in learning, pedagogical decision-making, lab-based teaching, signature pedagogies, inclusive/Universal curriculum design, scientific identity development, and the inter-sectionality between online and face-to-face teaching approaches.

Masters in University Learning and Teaching (MEd in ULT)

Iro is Course Director of the MEd in ULT, and in addition to leading the teaching throughout the MEd year of the Programme, she also contributes sessions on Research and Teaching and the Biological Basis of Learning on the Certificate and Diploma levels of the Programme. Iro also teaches sessions on quantitative research methodology for the MEd in Surgical Education.

Iro supervises students across all levels of the MEd in ULT.

iExplore STEMM

Iro is module lead for the Science of Learning iExplore module. In this module, UG students from across College are invited to explore the concept of learning from three different perspectives - as a biological function of the brain, as a psychological function of the mind, and as a socially-situated activity. The goal for students is to learn how to analyse the application of neurological, psychological, and socio-cultural perspectives in a range of teaching-related contexts, and to design appropriate interventions for pedagogic challenges. 

PhD Students

Vilma Rupeikaite (2022-present)

Dr Vasiliki (Vily) Papageorgiou (2018-2022)


Iro leads on the following workshops:

- Introduction to Making Teaching More Inclusive

- Practical Guide to Lab-Based Teaching

- Practical Guide to One-Off Teaching



Sandrone S, Ntonia I, 2022, Exploring the identity development of the budding neuroscientist at postgraduate level: a mixed-method study with perspectives from alumni and academics, Bmc Medical Education, Vol:22, ISSN:1472-6920, Pages:1-14

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