Marcus was born in Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa) on February, 17th 1962. Before going to university in Leicester in 1980 he was predominantly educated at Hurstpierpoint College (a boarding school in the county of Sussex in the south of England). Hurstpierpoint College is part of the famous Woodard Foundation, which operates over 20 independent schools in the United Kingdom.
After obtaining a Distinction in his Masters Degree in Economic Development, Marcus began his teaching career as an Assistant Tutor in Economics and Quantitative Methods at the University of Leicester in 1984, a post he retained on a part-time basis until 1990 after joining De Montfort in 1986 as a Land Economist.
For De Montfort he has been a Programme Leader for Surveying courses in Leicester and Milton Keynes (Land Management) as well as Lincoln (Rural Land Management). He was appointed Acting Head of the Department of Land Management in 2000 after becoming a Principal Lecturer in 1997. He has also worked for the university’s Department of Building Surveying. Currently (2014) he is the Acting Head of Department for the Faculty of Business and Law’s Department of Strategic Management & Marketing.
In addition to his role at De Montfort he was an External Tutor for the University of Reading's Estate Management provision from 1986 to 2005. Marcus was also an External Member to the Economics Advisory Committee of the College of Estate Management for the same period. Marcus was appointed as the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) External Examiner for Real Estate Management at Paisley University (Glasgow) from 1999 to 2007. He then became the RICS External Examiner for Property Provision at Oxford Brookes University from 2007 to 2010. He is currently the External Examiner for Business and Management at the University of Worcester, a post held since 2010.
His two main publications are: Economics for the Built Environment (1993) and Economic Analysis for Property and Business (2000); both of these text books are published by Butterworth-Heinemann, now known as Elseiver, and achieve world-wide sales.
At De Montfort University, Marcus was one of the first to be awarded the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award in 2005.
As well as his academic responsibilities, Marcus is an active member of the Faculty's External Income Generation (EIG) unit and has helped win and provide external property contracts with leading UK companies for the university. For example he has delivered training courses for Britannia Commercial Lending and is the Programme Director of the MSc in Property and Management & Investment - a course designed for The Residential Management Group (RMG), which is one of Britain's largest property management companies.
In terms of external work he has been a frequent visitor to China over the last nine years.
To date, he has visited the following countries: Antigua, Australia, Belgium, China (and Hong Kong), Cuba, Northern Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, North Korea, the Philippines, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States of America.