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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


  • Chartered Physicist & Fellow of the Institute of Physics


All Publications

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


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

oyal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Practice Research Division

ISBN 0955002966

Full Text UEA Repository



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