Natural Sciences faculty members Natural Sciences faculty members

Dr Stephen Ashworth - Head of Natural Sciences, Year in Industry and Year Abroad co-ordinator 

Stephen teaches modules in physics as part of the Natural Sciences Degree Programme and has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects.
See Stephen's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Martin Loftus - Director of Learning & Teaching  

Martin teaches modules in astrophysics as part of the Natural Sciences Degree Programme and has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects in pulsars and galaxies.
See Martin's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Mark Cooker - Natural Sciences Teaching Executive

Mark is a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics. His research is in fluid dynamics, especially the mathematics of water wave impact and splashes. Mark lectures mathematicians and scientists in applied mathematics modules at all levels. He has also supervised project work in areas such as the diffusion of heat, acoustics, water-wave motion, liquid sloshing in containers, and impact.
See Mark's full profile on the School of Mathematics website.

Dr Steven Hayward and Dr Chris Greenman - Project co-ordinators

Steven graduated in Physics from the University of Bristol and gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh.  His research focuses on protein structure, dynamics and function employing a variety of computational approaches including simulation and bioinformatics methods.  See Steven's full profile on the School of Computing Sciences website.

Chris has a mathematics degree from Durham University, and a mathematics PhD from the University of Edinburgh, utilizing number theory to study the spacing distributions of quantized harmonic oscillators.
See Chris's full profile on the School of Mathematics website.

Dr Adrian Matthews - Admissions Director

Adrian is a Professor of Meteorology and has a wide range of research interests, mainly in meteorology and oceanography with a focus on the tropics.  These include research into fundamental processes through observational data analysis and numerical modelling.

See Adrian's full profile on the School of Environmental Science website.

Dr Michael Wormstone - Coursework Director

Michael is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences. His research utilises human cells and tissue to study human eye disease. In particular, he is interested in wound-healing events that follow cataract surgery, which lead to a secondary visual loss. His laboratory aims to further our understanding of the cell and molecular mechanisms underpinning wound healing in the eye and identify novel targets for future therapeutic development.

See Michael's full profile on the School of Biological Sciences website.

Dr Garth Jones - Senior advisor & SSLC

Garth is a physical chemist who uses computational and theoretical techniques and is principally interested in excited state dynamics of molecules and light-molecule interactions. He develops mixed quantum-classical approaches to perform simulations of important processes in physical chemistry such as electron transfer, electronic energy transfer and photodissociation.
See Garth's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Alex Baker - Year in Europe co-ordinator

Alex's research interests have developed into the fields of marine and atmospheric iodine biogeochemistry and the atmospheric transport of nutrients and trace metals and their impact on the marine carbon cycle. 
See Alex's full profile on the School of Environmental Science website.

Dr Susan Matthews - Pharmacy Research Projects Coordinator

Susan's research interests are at the interface of chemistry and biology focusing on the development of smart drug delivery systems.
See Sue's full profile on the School of Pharmacy website.

Dr Ben Milner - Natural Sciences Teaching Executive 

Ben teaches modules on sound and image processing and on electronics. He has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects on audio processing and in particular on estimating the fundamental frequency of musical instruments. 
See Ben's full profile on the School of Computing Sciences website.

Dr Tom Clarke - Chair of Exam Board

Tom teaches on modules in BIO and CHE as part of the biochemistry program and his research on mineral respiring bacteria covers multiple natural science disciplines including microbiology, chemistry and geology.
See Tom's full profile on the School of Biological Sciences website.

Biography

Click here for current PhD opportunities in CHE. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

School Positions:  Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of Natural Sciences, Course Director for Physics, Course Director for Science with a Foundation Year and Course Director for Physics with a Foundation Year.

Martin is a chartered physicist and fellow of the Institute of Physics. Following a first degree in physics and chemistry, Martin gained a masters degree in research methods/management and also a PhD at UEA.

Martin joined the School of Chemistry in 2000 as a part-time research fellow and part-time teaching fellow. Alongside these roles Martin carried out consultancy work for other university departments, a government agency, TV companies and publishers.

Martin now works as a full-time Senior Lecturer and teaches modules in physics, astrophysics and maths. He also works with the Institute of Physics as a member of their degree accreditation assessor team. 

Selected Publications

Healthcare Professional Education & Training: How does Pharmacy in Great Britain compare?
Wright, D; Loftus, M; Christou, M; Eggleton, A & Norris, N, 2006
RPSGB, London. ISBN 0-9550029-6-6

Students’ ideas about electromagnetism.
Loftus, M.J, 1996
School Science Review Vol 77(280)

Improving students’ understanding of electromagnetism.
Loftus, M.J, 1998
Proceedings of a seminar on the Science Enhancement Programme, Gatsby ISBN 1-901351-22-X

Students’ understanding of magnetism and electromagnetism.
Loftus, M.J, 1999
Proceedings of a seminar on the Science Enhancement Programme, Gatsby ISBN 1-901351-27-O

Career History

  • 2009-Present, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Senior Lecturer
  • 2007-2009, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Lecturer & Director, Centre of Physics in Science
  • 2000-2007, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK,Teaching Fellow
  • 2000-2007, Education Consultant, Norwich, UK.
  • 2002-2007, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK,PGCE Tutor
  • 2001-2007,Teacher Training Agency, London, UK, External Assessor
  • 1999-2004, Association for Science Education,Hatfield, Herts, UK, Editorial Associate
  • 1998-2000, Gatsby Charitable Foundation, London, UK, Science Enhancement Programme (p/t research fellow)
  • 1987–2000, Notre Dame High School, Norwich, UK,Head of physics & ITT co-ordinator, Staff governor (1993-1999).
  • 1998-1999, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Teacher Fellowship (part time)
  • 1985–1987,Davenant Foundation School, Essex, UK, Physics teacher

Qualifications

  • Chartered Physicist & Fellow of the Institute of Physics

 

All Publications

Wright, D., Loftus, M., Norris, N., Eggleton, A., Christou, M.

(2006)

Healthcare Professional Education and Training: How Does Pharmacy in Great Britain Compare?,

oyal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Practice Research Division

ISBN 0955002966

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Martin has carried out research into the use of PBL activities in physics teaching, the future of pharmacy education in the UK and use of online astronomical data for undergraduate projects.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Deputy Head of Natural Sciences
  • Programme Director of science faculty degrees with a foundation year
  • Course Director for BSc and MPhys Physics
  • Course Directot for science with a foundation year
  • Head of School for Natural Sciences (2009-2013)

Professional Activities

  • External Examiner OU Natural Sciences Degree - 2015 to present
  • External Examiner SMU Applied Physics Degree - 2013 to 2015
  • Member of IOP degree accreditation committee - 2010 to 2015
  • Member of IOP degree recognition committee - 2010 to 2015
  • External Examiner Bedford University PGCE - 2006 to 2009