School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham

Dr. Richard Mycroft

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, centred around the development of a geometric theory of perfect matchings in uniform hypergraphs, with multiple subsequent applications both in my own work and the work of other researchers. My research project `Embeddings in Hypergraphs', supported by a £124k EPSRC First Grant, will continue this programme of research over the period 2015-17.

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.

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; for Spring 2017 I am the organiser of the Combinatorics Reading Group.


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: February 2017