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Roddy Vann



2017- Professor at the University of York
2012-2017 Senior Lecturer in Theoretical & Experimental Plasma Physics at the University of York
2006-2012 Lecturer in the Theory of Magnetically-Confined Fusion Plasmas at the University of York
2003-2006 EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics at the Universities of Warwick and York 
1999-2003 PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Warwick
1998-1999 Part III in Mathematics at DAMTP,
University of Cambridge
1995-1998 BA in Mathematics at St. John's College,
University of Cambridge

 Roles in the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology

2016- Fusion CDT Programme Director
2011-2012 Chair, Physics Graduate Studies Committee
2010-2012 Chair, Communications Committee
2007-2010 Graduate Training Officer

University roles

2012-2020 Director of Natural Sciences
2014-2017 Elected member of University Senate
2011-2015 CIDCATS Management Team
2010-2016 Member of University Teaching Committee
2007-2010 Member of Board for Graduate Schools
2007-2010 Academic auditor, Roberts Review Group



  • Human Uses of Energy (10cr BSc/MPhys Year 1)
  • Nanoscience Mini-Projects (10cr Nanoscience Year 3)
  • Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary Projects Coordinator (60-80cr Natural Sciences Year 3-4)

Other teaching

  • Pastoral academic supervision of approx. 20 undergraduate students.



Research Group: Plasma Physics & Fusion Group

For more information, please refer to my entry in the York Research Database.


PhD students (primary supervisor):

  • Lucy Holland (full-wave simulations of microwave-plasma interactions)
  • Joe Allen (synthetic aperture microwave imaging at MAST-U)
  • Sam Ward (3-D magnetic fields and fast particle confinement at ITER)
  • Ben Woods (aspects of wave-particle resonant interactions in tokamaks)

PhD students (secondary supervisor)

  • Lena Howlett (Turbulence in confinement transitions with novel divertor configurations)
  • Andrew Malcolm-Neale (Beam emission spectroscopy at MAST)
  • Charlie Vincent (Durham University; digitisation for SAMI-2)
  • Mads Givskov Senstius (Danish Technical University; simulation of parametric decay instabilities of microwave heating beams at the upper hybrid layer)

Roddy Vann

York Plasma Institute
School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
University of York
York YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2296
Fax: +44 (0)1904 32 2214
Room: GN/017, York Plasma Institute