School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham

Dr. Richard Mycroft

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

Postal address:

School of Mathematics,
University of Birmingham,
Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom


Watson Building, Room 322
(R15 on the Campus map)

Contact details:

Telephone:  46590
Email:    r.mycroft @

Combinatorics, Probability and Algorithms at Birmingham

Publications and preprints


My 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.

Together with Daniela Kühn and Deryk Osthus 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 Allan Lo, Guillem Perarnau and Andrew Treglown 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.

Last updated: October 2017