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Martin Leyland

Research Support, Progress Checking & Assessments Officer

Martin Leyland

About Martin Leyland

Martin started life as a professional archaeologist and spent nearly 30 years working around the country.  He supervised the first modern excavation of the wall fabric on Hadrian’s Wall since 1911 and later was Assistant Director of Archaeology on the Channel Tunnel development.

He attended University College, Durham, obtaining his BA in 1987 and in 1994, his PhD on the archaeology and architecture of Durham Castle. He also spent 12 years at Durham as a Resident Tutor, working with students in a pastoral capacity, and was briefly employed to revise and restructure the database at the Fulling Mill Museum.

Martin came to Teesside in 2002, having previously worked in the Estates Department at the University of Bath and was initially employed in Modularity and Assessment before moving to work in the research area. 

He joined the Graduate Research School on 2007.  His responsibilities include:
• postgraduate student support and pastoral care
• monitoring student progress
• progression and annual reviews
• secretary to the University Research Degrees Board
• research student emails

He is a Bullying and Harassment Advisor within the University and also a Domestic Abuse Champion for LGBT staff.  He holds a Level 3 NCFE in Counselling.

Outside of work, he was previously one of the organisers and founders of the local Gay Pride (Supergay) and ran a social group for gay men for 7 years. 

He writes in his leisure time, and was the runner up in the Adele Parks Short Story competition at the University in 2010. Since then his short stories, including fiction with an LGBT element, has been published.  His stories have won a number of prizes and have also been long and short listed in a number of international competitions. His poetry has also been published.