Dr Safia Barikzai

Safia Barikzai, LSBU

Associate Professor


Safia Barikzai joined London South Bank University as a Senior Lecturer in 2007. She is now an Associate Professor. She was a PRECIOUS Awards 2016 finalist in the 'Outstanding Woman in STEM' category.

She has taught on and led a number of different teaching modules, and was recently appointed the post of Business IT Pathway Leader. Safia serves as the Informatics Placement coordinator and is actively looking for placement links with potential employers.

Safia was a Lecturer in Computing at the University of Wollongong from July 2002 to March 2005. She was course coordinator for a Masters programme, which was taught offshore in Hong Kong and included an Industry component. She was also responsible for managing the postgraduate dissertations, working with link tutors in Hong Kong to ensure successful completion of the dissertations. She was a member of the School's Education Committee and participated in new course development. Safia completed the required teaching and learning certification whilst at Wollongong.

2012-13 Teaching includes

Module Leader

  • Investigative Methods and Project Preparation (Core module for Informatics Postgraduate Courses)

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • HND Project
  • Foundation Internship

Level 6 (Year 3)

  • Topics in Multimedia Computing


Level 4 (Year 1)

  • iCulture

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • Research and Development Methods
  • Systems Analysis and Design

Level 6 (Year 3)

  • Project Management Principles

Safia's research interest is in educational technology and in particular courseware engineering. She started her academic career in 1996 as a research assistant and courseware developer on a Teaching and Learning Technology Programme (TLTP) funded project involving seven UK Higher Education institutions. She was responsible for the production of courseware for Systems Analysis and Design subject area, working with an academic team at London South Bank University. This project received further funding to investigate dissemination networks and collaborative tools to improve student engagement.

During this phase of the project, Safia worked at the University of Brighton (1998 - 2000). Safia's earlier career exposed her to the research community and she presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Safia Barikzai completed her PhD research in Courseware Engineering; her thesis was entitled "Integrating Courseware into Collaborative Learning Environments" (completed Nov 2006).

Safia is currently supervising two PhD students.

She is a reviewer and joint chair of the 2013 BCS eLearning Specialist group 18th INSPIRE conference. She is also responsible for managing the conference web spaces.

Most recent publications

Adegoke, V and Chen, D and Banissi, E and Barikzai, S Enhancing Ensemble Prediction Accuracy of Breast Cancer Survivability and Diabetes Diagnostic using optimized EKF-RBFN trained prototypes, The 10th International Conference on Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition. In: The 10th International Conference on Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition, 13 December 2018 - 15 December 2018, Porto, Portugal.

Adegoke, V and Chen, D and Barikzai, S and Banissi, E Predictive Ensemble Modelling: An Experimental Comparison of Boosting Implementation Methods. In: 2017 European Modelling Symposium (EMS), 20 November 2017 - 21 November 2017, Manchester.

Adegoke, V and Chen, D and Banissi, E and Barikzai, S Prediction of Breast Cancer Survivability using Ensemble Algorithms. In: International Conference on Smart System and Technologies 2017 (SST 2017),, 18 October 2017 - 20 October 2017, Osijek, Croatia.

Al-Shamaileh, O and Aloudat, A and Barikzai, S User concerns about Facebook: Are they important. In: ICIT 2017 The 8th International Conference on Information Technology, 17 May 2017 - 18 May 2017, Amman, Jordan.

Taqi, N and Barikzai, S and Cole, L Nurturing Women Entrepreneurship, UK and Bahrain perspectives. In: International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, 07 September 2016 - 09 September 2016, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Dr. Barikzai is an active member of the British Computer Society and serves on the Quality Specialist group as the academic liaison.

Safia is originally from Afghanistan and came to the UK as a refugee, and hence she is passionate about widening participation and giving opportunities to those who have faced adversity. To this end, Safia did voluntary work for six months at Refugee Action Kingston and she has been instrumental in LSBU's donation of Personal Computers to the refugee community.

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