Martin Fiddler

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Before working at the university, I worked at Lucas Aerospace in Wolverhampton as a graduate apprentice, then as an aircraft design engineer. I have been a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University since then, and have developed and led the Aeronautical Degrees here.

I used to fly light aircraft and have flown solo, and have also flown gliders. I have a range of licenses on the Boeing 737 allowing me to fly and instruct on a commercial Boeing 737 simulator.

My research interests are related to human factors, pilot error, flight deck operation, automation and design, and aircraft flight testing and design.

I enjoy travel and have been to over 100 countries.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Eng – Chartered Engineer

  • MRAeS – Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society

  • FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • JP – Justice of the Peace (Magistrate)

Academic qualifications

MSc in Computer Aided Engineering (Staffs University)

LLM in UK law (Staffs University)

BSc(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (Wolverhampton University)

Flight Simulator Courses and Qualifications:

  • B737 Virtual Instructor Rating
  • B737 Advanced Virtual Type Rating
  • B737 Virtual Type Rating
  • PA38 Multi Engine Instrument Rating


  • Aircraft flight
  • Pilot fatigue and error
  • Mechanisms of lift and drag
  • Aircraft propulsion systems
  • Air crash analysis and investigation
  • Supersonic flight
  • Aircraft Design
  • Human factors
  • Flight deck automation & design
  • Operational procedures.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I am regularly asked to comment on air crashes and incidents on the radio.


Modules taught:

  • Engineering and Technology Applications
  • Professional Development and Engineering Applications
  • Introduction to Flight
  • Pilot Studies
  • Aeronautical principles
  • Aeronautical Engineering Principles
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Aircraft propulsion systems
  • Aeronautical principles
  • Advanced Aeronautical Systems
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