Dr. Richard Mycroft
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
School of Mathematics,
University of Birmingham,
Birmingham B15 2TT
Watson Building, Room 322
(R15 on the Campus map)
||r.mycroft @ bham.ac.uk
ResearchMy research interests lie in the field of combinatorics, and more specifically in the area of extremal graph theory. In particular I have worked extensively on embedding problems relating to hypergraphs. From 2015 to 2017 this programme of research was supported by a £124k EPSRC First Grant for a project titled `Embeddings in Hypergraphs'.
Aside from my work on hypergraphs, other notable results include a random version of Sperner's theorem on antichains, a multipartite version of the Hajnal-Szemerédi theorem and a proof of the longstanding Sumner's conjecture for directed trees in large tournaments.
I began my research career with PhD study at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Deryk Osthus and co-supervised by Daniela Kühn; my doctoral thesis, submitted in 2010, was titled "The regularity method for directed graphs and hypergraphs". Following this I worked for one year as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant for Peter Keevash at Queen Mary, University of London, before returning to the University of Birmingham to take up a lectureship in June 2011. In 2017 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer.
I am currently supervising two PhD students: Frederik Garbe and Tássio Naia. I am always keen to hear from talented students who are interested in PhD research; please do get in touch if you would like further information.
I organised a workshop on
Probabilistic methods in Graph Theory,
which was held in March 2012. In Spring 2015 I organised the
Birmingham Combinatorics Seminar,
and in Spring 2017 I organised a reading group on hypergraph Turan theory.
Since 2012 I have also jointly organised the Birmingham mathematics colloquium. Together with
I am organising the
2019 British Combinatorial Conference
to be held at the University of Birmingham, and I am currently a member of the British Combinatorial Committee.
Since moving to Birmingham in June 2011, I have lectured the following courses:
Students taking these courses should see the course pages on Canvas for lecture notes, examples sheets and so forth.
- Autumn 2013, 2014, 2015 and Spring 2017: 1AC Combinatorics I (Year 1/2)
- Spring 2015: 3P16/4P16 Combinatorics (Year 3/4)
- Spring 2012, 2013, 2014: 2M09/3M09 Introduction to Operations Management (Year 2/3)
- Autumn 2012: 1D Discrete Mathematics (Year 1/2)
- Spring 2012: 1X Graph Colouring (Year 1)
Last updated: October 2017