Marcus Elkington

Marcus Elkington

Senior Lecturer


Marcus Elkington is a Senior Lecturer in the Diagnostic Imaging team. He teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and his main role is Placement Coordinator for the BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme. His experience and expertise relate to clinical skills development, diagnostic imaging physics and equipment. His current main research interest is in the assessment of clinical skills, ‘failure to fail’ and assessor objectivity within the clinical setting.


Marcus Elkington is a Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging in the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences. He teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and acts as a research supervisor across both levels.

Marcus is an experienced Diagnostic Radiographer, having qualified in 1987. He completed his MSc in 2012 focusing on ‘failure to fail’ and assessor objectivity within the clinical setting. His previous clinical roles were in two large district general hospitals and one a large teaching hospital. He then became a clinical tutor before becoming an academic in 1996. He spends a large proportion of his time working with clinical colleagues and is still a state-registered Radiographer with the HCPC.

Marcus is the Placement Coordinator for the undergraduate programme. He is the subject lead link lecturer and a member of the College Placement Steering Group. He also works closely with Health Education Yorkshire and Humber and Health Education East Midlands in the management of undergraduate clinical placements in Diagnostic Radiography. He is also a member of the Society and College of Radiographers Practice Placement Educators group.

Marcus is also a keen advocate of developing the pedagogy of distance learning in higher education based around both academic learning and clinical skills.

Marcus is module leader on a range of modules across both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. His other roles on the BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Imaging programme besides Placement Coordinator include being a Visiting Lecturer for three hospital placement sites, who act as the main link between the University and the clinical sites.

Marcus’s main research interests relate to clinical skills development and assessment. Current foci include the development of distance learning modules to support Computed Tomography head image interpretation. Also the on-going development of packages to help support clinical staff as they assess and manage the student experience in the clinical environment.

Specialist areas of interest

Clinical skills development and assessment
Computed Tomography
Computed Tomography Image Interpretation
Digital imaging physics and equipment


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

He is a member of the Northern Counties Clinical Assessment Group which consists of seven Universities who originally a common clinical assessment tool. The group have presented their work at both the European Congress of Radiography in Vienna and the United Kingdom Radiography Congress.

He also conducted research surrounding ‘failure to fail’ and objectivity of assessor feedback on clinical skills in 2012 and is developing this as higher level research.

He was also one of the authors who produced “Clark’s Essential Physics in Imaging for Radiographers” 2013

Diagnostic Imaging

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

MSc Diagnostic Imaging



Holmes, K., Elkington, M., & Harris, P. (n.d.). Clark's Essential Physics in Imaging for Radiographers. CRC Press.

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