Stewart Martin UNI_0926

Professor Stewart Martin

Professor of Education

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

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Stewart’s research developed from secondary school headship and more than 30 years experience in mainstream education.

He has acted as an educational consultant to organisations in both the public and private sectors in the UK, the Netherlands and Canada. He joined the University of Hull in 2012.

Stewart is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an External Examiner for Ph.D and Ed.D at a number of universities.

He is a member of the Editorial Board for Educational Research and Evaluation and visiting professor at Future University, Japan; Macau University of Science and Technology, China; and Bern University of Teacher Education, Switzerland.


Research Interests

  • The educational use of digital technology

  • Immersive virtual reality

  • Images of the self

  • Applied cognitive psychology

  • Educational leadership and organisational change

Research groups

Stewart is principal investigator for What Citizenship Do We Want?, funded by the EPSRC to explore young people’s development of identity in pluralistic democracies using innovative virtual world technology.

He is principal investigator for a number of other projects including the 3D Immersive Research Methods Laboratory - a cross-faculty research project funded by the University of Hull; and a comparison of the educational possibilities, advantages and implications of using immersive virtual worlds in the UK and Japanese school curriculums funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

Other recent projects include a study of the processes, outcomes and metrics for assessing synchronous and asynchronous collaboration in Virtual Worlds funded by the British Council in partnership with Future University (Hakodate) and Yokohama University (Tokyo), Japan.


Peer-reviewed articles

Martin, S. (2015). Guest Editor, Special issue Educational Research and Evaluation: 'Teacher Learning through Teacher Teams' (forthcoming).

Peer-reviewed book chapters

Martin, S. (2015). 'Translational Moral Constructs from the Virtual Self', in K. Terry and A. Cheney (Eds.), Utilizing Virtual and Personal Learning Environments for Optimal Learning. Hershey, PA: IGI.

Journal articles

Martin S. (2014). Invited Editor for special edition of Educational Research and Evaluation on 'Collaborative Learning, eLearning and Blended Learning'.
Martin, S. (2013). 'Exploring Identity and Citizenship in a Virtual World', International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 3(4).Available at


Martin, S. (2014). Invited Editor for Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education Series to produce a volume on Virtual Worlds for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London: Emerald Press.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

Stewart’s research informs his teaching on a range of modules and courses that include Research Methods, Technology Enhanced Learning or Learning and Teaching.

Research PhDs

Stewart welcomes PhD applications for study in the following areas:

  • Human cognition

  • Theoretical or practical aspects of cognitive load theory and/or its measurement or use in education or training

  • The use of learning/teaching strategies or 'styles’

  • The use of digital technology in measuring learning or achievement, assessment or feedback or for broader psychometric studies

  • The practical applications of virtual or immersive worlds

  • Using immersive virtual hardware technologies (eg Oculus Rift, Morpheus, etc) especially in the exploration of presence, 'flow' or engagement

  • Studies exploring citizenship and/or individual, cultural or religious identity

  • Educational and organisational change resulting from the introduction of technology

Completed PhD's 

Stewart has extensive experience of successfully supervising at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, including professional doctorates and students working at PhD level.

Completed doctoral research supervisions

The Impact of Synchronous Inter-networked Teacher Training in ICT Integration. (Japan)

Towards Being a Learning Organisation: A Business Excellence Approach. (Singapore)

Students’ Perceptions of and Performance in Online Learning: An Examination of the Community of Inquiry Model. (Singapore)

The Impact of Knowledge Management Practices in Improving Student Learning Outcomes. (Singapore)

Effective Leadership Behaviours of Private Secondary School Principals. (Hong Kong)

Current PhD supervisions 

English as a Foreign Language Writing Classroom and Weblog: The Effect of Computer Mediated Communication on Attitudes of Students and Implications for EFL Learning (China)

Lifelong Learning in Eastern and Western Culture Organisations (Singapore)

The Effect of Using a Learning Management System (LMS) on Students at King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia, Faisal Mohammad Assiri (Saudi Arabia)

The Effectiveness of Using Social Media as a Learning Tool on Students’ Outcomes in Saudi Higher Education. Osama Alsayed Bugulah (Saudi Arabia)

The Impact of Using Wiki Technology to Support Self Regulated Learning in Academic Context at Princess Nora University, Saudi Arabia. Safyah Saleh Aldayel (Saudi Arabia)

The Informal Learning Experiences of Adult Players in a Simulated Game Environment, Louise Anne Shorthouse (UK)

The Relationships between Individual Learning Styles and Learning Strategies when using Electronic Materials for Practising EFL Listening (China)

To What Extent can HyperStudio be used to Enhance Social Interaction in Secondary Schools? (Saudi Arabia)

Towards Entrepreneurship Culture Identities: A Study of Malaysian Malay’s Ethnicity, Izzat Ismail (Malaysia)

Teaching awards and accolades

National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Durham

  • MEd Leeds

  • BEd Lancaster

External roles

Arts & Humanities Research Council reviewer: Academic and Technical Colleges.

Editorial board member: Educational Research and Evaluation.

International assessor and evaluator for research proposals: National Research Foundation of Singapore.

International peer reviewer:

American Educational Research Association

British Journal of Educational Technology

British Journal of Educational Psychology

Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology

Computers and Education

Human-Computer Interaction

Journal of Computing in Higher Education

Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Journal of Personality and Individual Difference

Teaching and Teacher Education

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience