Martin Coates


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I have taught at Staffordshire University in Social Welfare and tackling Poverty for 5 years.

Prior to my current role, I worked in the Expert Advice Team at National Citizens Advice in Birmingham, specialising in housing law and policy. I provided second-tier specialist consultancy on housing law to Local Citizens Advice (LCA) in England.

I was a writer and editor for Adviser magazine and was a member of the Editorial Board (Housing) on Adviser magazine for 11 years.

From 2014 to 2016, I was the Chief Editor of the magazine and the Deputy Editor for the Housing Ed Board team. I have written many housing law articles over the past 11 years.

I am very experienced in social welfare advice, policy and practise. My specialities are training, teaching, research, consultancy and legal representation/advocacy.

My specialist legal area within social welfare advice is housing law and social policy, and my specialism in Poverty is teaching social theory and social policy. I am very competent in debt advice, equality/diversity/human rights and welfare benefits advice. I have 16 years’ experience of working in the advice sector – delivering advice and consultancy via face to face, second tier and on digital platforms.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher & Professional Education (PgCHPE)
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • BA Hons Photography


  • Social Welfare Law
  • Modern Social Policy
  • Housing Law and Policy


  • Activism and Change
  • Defining Poverty
  • Research Dissertation
  • Housing
  • Reflection on Experience
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Modern Social Policy

Management of Advice Services

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021