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Dr Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi


Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Opeyemi is a Lecturer in the department of Computer and Information Sciences. His research interests include user-centred and inclusive design, digital literacy, technology-enhanced learning and human-computer interaction. His research particular explores the role of technology in enhancing teaching and learning in low-income countries, and how technology can be used to prepare young people for the future of work. Currently, he teaches modules related to Web Technologies and Systems Analysis and supervises graduate and postgraduate projects around augmented reality, virtual reality, serious games design and technology-enhanced learning. 

Previously, Opeyemi was a Senior Research Fellow with the Northumbria University Digital Learning Lab NUDLL ( in the Computer and Information Sciences Department where he worked as a named researcher on the AHRC-GCRF LeaPS project ( with partners in Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia. The primary goal of the project was to explore how digitised cultural heritage content can be used in school education and can subsequently contribute to sustainable development, especially in promoting tourism, health and wellbeing of people in Sub-Saharan Africa. Between 2015 and 2017, Opeyemi worked as a senior research assistant with NUSTEM (, a widening participation outreach project from the faculty of engineering and environment. While with NUSTEM, he helped develop tools to capture all kinds of data from their STEM activities and interventions, and led on analysing and evaluating data from secondary schools to inform the level of science capital amongst young people in the north-east region.

Currently, he is the PI of the DIGISTEM Project ( - a STEM and Digital Education outreach project in Nigeria, funded by the World Bank. The project aims to widen the STEM aspirations of young people in primary schools, introduce and encourage digital skills and careers among young people in secondary schools and support teachers' adoption of edtech in the classroom. He is also currently the lead researcher on the Microsoft-sponsored BDEI project ( that aims to reach 500,000 young people in Nigeria with basic digital skills. 

Opeyemi obtained his Bachelor of Technology (in Computer Science) from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. Nigeria, and his MSc (in Information Science) from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom. Opeyemi’s PhD work, completed in 2017 explored how digital educational games could contribute to a more engaging experience in mathematics' classrooms in Nigeria.

Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi

Campus Address

CIS 105
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

technology-enhanced learning, serious games, digital literacy,user-centred design, digital inclusion and widening participation

Key Publications

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  • A Theory of Change for improving children's perceptions, aspirations and uptake of STEM careers, Davenport, C., Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Morton, R., Padwick, A., Portas, A., Sanderson, J., Shimwell, J., Stonehouse, J., Strachan, R., Wake, L., Wells, G., Woodward, J. 8 Jan 2020, In: Research in Science Education
  • Creating Rainbows: The Road to Success, Strachan, R., Dele-Ajayi, O., Stonehoue, J., Emembolu, I., Poolan, T., Logan, S., Blakelock, L., Bell, R. 1 Apr 2020, Education, Design and Practice - Understanding Skills in a Complex World, Proceedings of the AMPS Conference, June 2019., New York, AMPS - Architecture_Media_Politics_Society
  • Investigating Teenagers’ Ability to Detect Phishing Messages, Nicholson, J., Javed, Y., Dixon, M., Coventry, L., Dele-Ajayi, O., Anderson, P. Sep 2020, EuroUSEC 2020, Piscataway, IEEE
  • Lets diversify by changing culture and challenging stereotypes: a case study from professional construction higher education programmes, Strachan, R., Dele-Ajayi, O., Stonehouse, J., Logan, S., Poolan, T., Blakelock, L., Bell, R. Dec 2020, In: Higher Education Pedagogies
  • Tackling Gender Stereotypes in STEM Educational Resources, Dele-Ajayi, O., Bradnum, J., Prickett, T., Strachan, R., Alufa, F., Ayodele, V. 21 Oct 2020, 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Barriers and identified solutions to the integration of digital technologies in the classroom: A case study of teachers in Nigeria, Dele-Ajayi, O., Ayodele, V., Oluwafemi, A., Anderson, E., Strachan, B., Emembolu, I. 1 Apr 2019, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2019), Piscataway, NJ, IEEE
  • Changing Culture and Challenging Stereotypes: Lets Build Bridges and Diversify!, Strachan, R., Stonehouse, J., Dele-Ajayi, O., Poolan, T., Bell, R., Blakelock, L., Logan, S., Emembolu, I. 31 Jan 2019, Advance HE STEM Teaching and Learning Conference 2019
  • Designing for All: Exploring gender diversity and engagement with digital educational games by young people, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 7 Mar 2019, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), IEEE
  • Encouraging Diversity in Computer Science among Young People: Using a Games Design Intervention based on an Integrated Pedagogical Framework, Emembolu, I., Strachan, R., Dele-Ajayi, O., Davenport, C., Shimwell, J. Oct 2019, 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Piscataway, NJ, IEEE
  • Games for Teaching Mathematics in Nigeria: What Happens to Pupils’ Engagement and Traditional Classroom Dynamics?, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 2 May 2019, In: IEEE Access


  • Computer Science BSc (Hons)
  • Information Science MSc
  • Computer Science PhD

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