Meet the Team

Sad News – Legal Department: Richard Murtagh LLB, LLM, Barrister (Unregistered)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Richard Murtagh. Richard sadly died on 27th April 2018 if Pneumonia.  Richard was due to begin the second year of his GCSE (9-1) Astronomy with us after transferring from the old format. He had put a lot of time and effort into documenting his studies. Newtons Notepad being one of his projects.

Richard also became voluntary legal counsell to OAS Academy, assisting us in a number of issues. He will be sadly missed.

Alastair Leith FOASA B.Sc (Hons) – Founder and Director.

Alastair Leith is himself a qualified tutor holding both the Award in Education and Training, TAQA Assessors qualification, and the TAP Cert. He is also an e-learning consultant and media designer. He does not tutor as much but does have a hand in course writing and design. Also running, supporting, and administering the VLE.
He has also been an amateur astronomer for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Online Astronomy Society Academy which he started in the wake of the passing of his hero, Sir Patrick Moore. The happy union between his passion for Astronomy and training. When not running OASA and OAS Alastair is interested in History, cooking, gardening, and Wing Chun Kung Fu.
He has a book coming out on Spectroscopy by beginners and has assisted Lucy Hawkings on several book projects. He is also a qualified First Aid Instructor and runs a consultancy training first aid. He lives in Northampton (not far from Shaun Badmin) with his wife, Cathy, and three children, Alexander, William, and Abigail

His astronomical interests are particularly in Solar Astronomy, Spectroscopy, outreach and education (you probably guessed that!). He has written and created much of the material on the academy including;

The Astronomy for Beginners
Solar Astronomy with a PST
Spectroscopy for beginners
Astrophysics and Space Exploration (co written with Dr Nigel Marshall)
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Dr Nigel Marshall (GCSE and Astrophysics & Space Science course manager and tutor)

Nigel's photoDr Nigel Marshall has taught Astronomy at GCSE level for the last 20 years.  He is also an experienced examiner having been Principal Moderator for Coursework and, more recently, Chief Examiner for the subject.  His book GCSE Astronomy – A Guide for Pupils and Teachers is now in its fourth, full-colour edition and it has become the established textbook for students of GCSE Astronomy; it attracts favourable 5-star reviews on and is frequently top of their best-seller list for educational books in Astronomy and Cosmology.

 Shaun Badmin FOASA – Senior GCSE Astronomy tutor

OAS_PhotoHi my name is Shaun Badmin and I will be joining the OAS Academy team in the East Midlands region. I live in Northampton with my fiancé and my 3 future step-children. I am originally from Plymouth and I lived there for 42 years before moving to the East Midlands to find work after being made redundant from the Civil Service. I worked in Higher Education for 6 years lecturing in Professional Studies, Industrial Relations and Trade Union Studies in Plymouth and I currently work as a Safety and Resilience Manager for a Local Authority part time.

In my spare time I am currently studying towards a BSc(Hons) in Natural Sciences with the Open University following the Astronomy and Planetary Science Pathway, I also am a keen astronomer and possess two telescopes, several cameras and have decided to put my landscape photography skills to use in astrophotography this year. I am a member of the British Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, I also hold a Higher Education Certificate In Astronomy and Planetary Science with the Open University, amongst many other things.

I love science and sci-fi, am a bit of a geek and have to admit to liking trains, Doctor Who, Star Trek, reading (physics and astronomy) and the history of Bletchley Park (home of the codebreakers) as well as Marvel and comics. I love music, although I play badly, I do like listening to it and I am a bit of a goth at heart. Finally got the chance in 2013 to meet Sir Patrick Moore and it is a moment I will never forget in my life, a true inspiration. I look forward to working with you all

Robert Ratford FOASA –  Senior GCSE Astronomy tutor

Robert is a semi retired tutor based in Dagenham, Essex. When not teaching Astronomy he loves to work on his other sideline, servicing Microscopes.

Hilary Forbes – Astronomy Tutor

Hilary joined us recently, based in North Wales, she is also a tutor in her local area. She has also helped develop our popular Maths for GCSE Astronomy Course. Her other day job is being a driving instructor!

Martin Coulby – Astronomy Tutor

To those involved in the Liverpool Telescope, he should require no introduction. Martin recently joined us to aid with our online GCSE (9-1) Astronomy program



Other Team member’s

The Online Astronomy Society Academy is also supported by a number of proof readers, graphics designers, and Subject Matter Experts. If you would like to work with us, gain a portfolio and reference. Please get in touch