Louis Martin

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer

School of Law, Policing and Forensics

Law School

About Me

I joined the Derbyshire Constabulary in 1984 as a police cadet stationed in the Derby City Centre. In 1989 I was appointed detective constable. During my time in the police I spent time as the Head of the Roads Policing Unit for the southern half of Derbyshire and at the end of my career in the police I was the Detective Inspector in the Derby City centre. My areas of expertise were in homicide investigation, suspicious deaths, training detectives and Criminal Justice. In 2006 I successfully completed a Senior Investigative Officers course which enabled me to lead and manage homicide investigation.

In 2011 I completed a BSc (Hons) in Social Science at the Open University, I started working in the Law School in October 2012 teaching Environmental Criminology and from February 2013 teach full time on Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. In 2015 I achieved the position of senior lecturer.

In 2015 I completed a MA in Education (Distinction) and became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2016 I completed the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s (LFHE) Diversifying Academic Leadership programme. In 2017 I received a Teaching Excellence Fellowship promoting the use of academic English to enhance employability. In 2018 I started course leadership of the BA(Hons) Criminal Justice and Offender Management. This award is aimed at developing people who seek employment in the criminal justice sector


Teaching Excellence Fellowship (tef) Staffordshire University 2017

MA Education (Distinction) –Staffordshire University - 2015

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education – Staffordshire University – 2013

BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Geography.  Open University - 2011

Professional Memberships and Activities

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

Member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)


Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Legal Education

Research Interests

The Criminal Justice System, Miscarriages of Justice, Legal Theory and the Language of Law.

Current Teaching


LLB Law Foundation level – Criminal Law, language of Law
LLB Law – Criminal Law, Criminal Justice,
BA(Hons) Criminal Justice with Offender Management – Course Leader
Dissertation Supervision


Martin, L. and Tapp, D. (2016) Dipping One's Toes; The Innovative Use of VoiceThread in Higher Education. Innovative Practice in Higher Education Vol.2 (3)

Tapp, D. and Martin, L. (2015) Poster Presentations, Academic-lite! The LLB Experience.  Innovative Practice in Higher Education Vol.2 (2) 

Martin, L. and Shaheen, M. (2014) Crime or Culture: The revival of slave boys in Afghanistan; a UK perspective. Criminal Law and Justice Weekly Vol. 178 No.13

Tapp, D. and Martin, L.  (2014) We do not like old fashioned exams: the innovative use of alternative assessments on a Law Degree with a Foundation Year. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. Vol 2 No. 1

Selected Conference Papers

MARTIN, Louis and TAPP, Dave (2015) Poster Presentations, Academic lite???, The LLB Experience in: Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, York University, 3rd September 2015.


Louis Martin
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
Ashley 2
Staffordshire University
Leek Road
Stoke on Trent

t: +44 (0)1782 294918
e: louis.martin@staffs.ac.uk