Dr Martin Lavelle

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.

My research is in theoretical physics and I currently teach calculus as well as regularly supervising mathematics project students. I also teach physics to engineering students.

Teaching interests

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. 

Research interests

My research is in quantum field theory and I am a member of the Plymouth Particle Theory Group. I am especially interested in constructing locally gauge invariant descriptions of charged states and in the infra-red structure of gauge theories. Recently I have started to study strong field QED, in particular electrons in high intensity laser backgrounds.

Copies of my publications may be found here.