Portrait of Dr Alexandros Chrysikos Dr Alexandros Chrysikos

a.chrysikos@hud.ac.uk | 07445409505



Born in Athens, Greece, Dr Alexandros Chrysikos received a BSc (Hons) in Computing Science at the Computing department of the University of Huddersfield in June 2010. In October 2011, in the same institution, he completed a MSc degree in Information Systems Management with distinction. As a result, in 2012, he was accepted as a Ph.D. candidate with his primary research goals directed toward understanding behavioural patterns for low student retention in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and finding methods and solutions in order to improve students’ social and academic (learning communities) experience, and therefore, achieve academic persistence. In June 2016, he completed his PhD Thesis, entitled ‘Mapping behavioural-related retention factors using a learning community lens: A mixed methods approach’.

He is the main author in book chapters and conference papers published in Springer, IGI Global and Huddersfield repository respectively, including research papers in preparation. In addition, he is the main author of a research project funded by the UK Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC, August 2015).

He has working experience in industry (Systems Administrator and Database Input Employee) and in higher education as an assistant and main tutor teaching foundation year Mathematics and first/second year Information Systems and Multimedia modules (2012-2015), while conducting his PhD research. Due to his previous teaching experience in first and second year Team modules, in the academic year 2015-2016 he was appointed as a Lecturer (part-time) in a second-year Games Development and a first-year Information Systems modules. Currently, he works at the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer (part-time) instructing Information Systems and Digital Media first year students, as well as second year Games Development students. At the same time, he is determined to continue his research on educational and cloud-based computing services and their applications, while seeking to take advantage of existing national funding opportunities and the international outreach of the UK.

Outside of work, Alexandros has a keen interest in sports. Specifically, football, basketball and squash. In addition, he has a great interest in movies and cinema, and always enjoys socialising with friends and family

Research and Scholarship

My research interests focus on educational computing. Specifically, in the following topics:

  • Educational Science (educational computing and pedagogy)
  • Information Systems and Communication Technology Education (new applications of technology for teaching and learning, such as Cloud Computing services)
  • Online pedagogy and Course Design (e-learning, VLEs)
  • Mobile and Blended learning (combining e-learning and m-learning with other educational resources)

A major focus in my current work is to investigate the potential of applying Cloud Computing services to improve student academic engagement and retention. Cloud based education technology services promise improved quality of teaching and expanded student support through advanced targeting and segmentation capabilities that help academics in higher education institutions deliver the right messages to the right students at the right time.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Chrysikos, A., Ahmed, E. and Ward, R. (2017) ‘Analysis of Tinto’s student integration theory in first year undergraduate computing students of a UK Higher Education InstitutionInternational Journal of Comparative Education and Development , 19 (2/3), pp. 97-121. ISSN 2309-4907


  • Ad-hoc reviewer for the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE) / IGI Global
  • Thank You Awards nomination (2016-17) for Excellence in Student Support & Inspirational Teaching
  • Thank You Awards nomination (2015-16)
  • Computer Science: Student Engagement & Retention. Project sponsored by the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC).
  • Fellow in Higher Education Academy (FHEA) – No: PR099817 (04/April/2016)
  • Professional Member of British Computer Society (MBCS) – No: 990233640 (28/November/2014)

Research Degree Supervision

I am willing to supervise PhD students whose own research interest coincide with my own, as described in the previous sections. Please feel free to contact me by the e-mail address above.

Details of any funded studentships or postdoctoral posts will be advertised here when they are available.

  • Please contact this member of staff to discuss possible opportunities.

Enterprise Activities

  • Hewlett-Packard Certified Professional Program: ASE (Accredited Systems Engineer) - ProCurve Network Management (February 2009)
  • Hewlett-Packard Certified Professional Program: AIS (Accredited Integration Specialist) - ProCurve Networking (September 2008)

Administrative Responsibilities

Year of 2016 / 2017 September of 2016 till April of 2017 Lecturer (Part Time)

  • 1st Year Introduction to Enterprise, Business & Marketing - Module Leader

Teaching and Professional Activities

Year of 2016 / 2017 (September of 2016 till April of 2017)
Lecturer. (Part Time)

  • ​1st Year Team Project (Information Systems students)
  • 1st Year Team Project (Digital Media)
  • 1st Year Introduction to Enterprise, Business & Marketing - Module Leader
  • 2nd Year Team Project (Game Development students)

Year of 2015 / 2016 (September of 2015 till April of 2016)
Lecturer. (Part Time)

  • ​1st Year Team Project (Information Systems students)
  • 2nd Year Team Project (Game Development students)

Year of 2012 / 2015 (October of 2012 till April of 2015)
Assistant Tutor. (Part Time)

  • ​2nd Year Team Project (Information Systems and Multimedia students)
  • 2nd Year Individual Project (Information Systems and Multimedia students)

Year of 2013 / 2014 (October of 2013 till April of 2014)
Main Tutor. (Part time)

  • Mathematics Drop-In Sessions (Foundation and 1st Year Engineering students)

Summer of 2013 (June till August of 2013)
Assistant Tutor. (Part time)

  • Summer Mathematics Bridging Course (Foundation Year students)

Responsibilities: My duties include lectures, tutoring of courses, exam invigilation, assignment marking (assessment and feedback), and student guidance and support. Participation in Course and Subject Area committees as well as University Open Days.