Dr Martin Lavelle
Associate Head of School - School Outreach & Admissions
School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I am the Associate Head of the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics with responsibility for Admissions and Outreach. If you would like to find out more about our degrees, please get in touch with me.
I have a strong interest in outreach and regularly talk in schools and at public events including recently at a local science fiction convention. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a talk.
My research is in theoretical physics and I currently teach calculus, vector calculus and supervise mathematics project students. I also teach mechanics to engineering students.
I am a University Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In Plymouth I have taught at all levels including on our mathematics degrees, service teaching and year zero. I have also taught abroad, including undergraduate lectures in Germany and Ireland, postgraduate lectures in Spain and an invited course of postgraduate lectures in Canada.
I have a long held interest in using technology to help students improve their understanding of mathematics and science.
I have an interest in creating screen capture videos to help support student learning. Many of these are available through our YouTube collection. Most of my work here is focused on calculus.
The results of some older work on creating interactive pdf files are freely available here plymouth.ac.uk/mathaid. as 50 pdf files with exercises and quizzes on topics ranging from elementary algebra to proof by induction. This work was funded by various LTSN and FDTL grants.
Students have more than once nominated me for a Student Union award for inspirational teaching. I have also twice been nominated for outstanding support.
My research is in quantum field theory and I am a member of the Plymouth Particle Theory Group. I have worked at universities in several countries and visited/spoken at many institutions including CERN, Japan's KEK, and the Thomas Jefferson National Acceleration Facility.
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I speak German well, Spanish reasonably and have some French and smatterings of other languages. I have translated two textbooks from German into English for Springer-Verlag.
School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics
Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Plymouth Mathematics YouTube collection
Plymouth Mathematics iTunes U collection
Mathaid interactive pdf files collection
My personal Twitter feed
Devon Bird News
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Plymouth Arts Centre
The Arts Institute (University arts centre)
Some Plymouth area blues gigs
Plymouth Barbican Theatre
Dartmoor National Park