Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

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Martin Maguire

Dr Martin Maguire

Lecturer and Research Fellow

Tel +44 (0)1509 226968

Location LDS 2.20

Personal profile

Martin has a background in both computer studies and ergonomics, graduating from Loughborough University. His PhD from Leicester Polytechnic was concerned with the design of user interfaces for inexperienced users. His main interests are in the design and usability of interactive systems including the needs of inexperienced users, older people and people with disabilities.

He has also been involved in several EU projects to develop human factors tools, methods and guidelines and to apply them in a number of domains. A key project was Esprit MUSiC which developed tools to evaluate and measure the usability of interactive systems. This was followed by the IST RESPECT project which developed a handbook to assist with user requirements analysis. Drawing upon this experience, he has applied his knowledge to many areas including digital television programme guides, smart home technology, online data management systems, patient information support and online educational tools .

He was involved in three New Dynamics of Ageing programme projects relating to older people concerned with making kitchens easier to use, patient nutrition in hospitals and the journey to work.

He is the organiser and contributor to several undergraduate and postgraduate modules covering human-computer interaction, usability, user-experienced design, and human factors research methods (see below). In this activity he employs a range of teaching methods

PhD and supervision and examination are on-going as well as supervision and examination of postgraduate and undergraduate dissertation projects. He has held examiner appointments for London Metropolitan University.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.


Undergraduate teaching

DSA105 Introduction to Ergonomics

DSB118 Human Computer Interaction

DSB119 User-Experience Design

DSB102 Ergonomics in the Design of Multi-User Systems

DSB106 Qualitative Methods

DSC114 Disability, Ageing and Inclusive Design

(Note: A=First year, B=Second year, C=Final year)


Postgraduate teaching

DSP118 Human Computer Interaction

DSP114 Disability, Ageing and Inclusive Design

DSP832 Usability: principles and practice


Research Group: User Centred Design.

Martin has been co-investigator or advisor on the following collaborative projects: 

Previous studies have included: 

Human Factors evaluations of a number of systems for the National Probation and HM Prison Services including the National Offender Management System (NOMS) and electronic Offender Assessment System (eOASYS).

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