School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham

Dr. Richard Mycroft

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

Email: r.mycroft   @

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

Combinatorics, Probability and Algorithms at Birmingham

My Publications and Preprints

My Research

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 and directed graphs. From 2018 to 2021 my programme of research is being supported by a £295k EPSRC Standard Grant for a project titled `Properties of Extremal and Random Hypergraphs'; previous my research was supported from 2015 to 2017 by a £124k EPSRC First Grant for a project titled `Embeddings in Hypergraphs'.

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". I then held a position for one year as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with 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 supervisor for Amarja Kathapurkar, a first-year PhD student at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this I supervised two PhD students from 2014 to 2018: Frederik Garbe (now a postdoctoral researcher at the Czech Academy of Sciences) and Tássio Naia. From 2016 to 2017 I also supervised the work of Dr Andrew McDowell, who was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham funded by my EPSRC standard grant.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. From 2012 to 2018 I 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.

My Teaching

Since moving to Birmingham in June 2011, I have lectured the following courses: Students taking these courses should see the relevant course pages on Canvas for lecture notes, problem sheets and other supporting materials.

Last updated: February 2019