|Position in department||Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics
|Staff position||Deputy Dean Education
|Office hours||Open Door Policy in relation to queries about mathematics
I am originally from Edinburgh. I studied at Cambridge University for my first degree in Mathematics and Part III (essentially a Master's course in pure mathematics), and subsequently attempted (unsuccessfully) to write a Ph.D thesis on algebraic number theory there. I subsequently became involved in probability, taking an M.Sc. and subsequently a Ph.D at Sheffield University, the Ph.D thesis being on Random Graphs with Correlation Structure. I had various part-time and/or temporary lecturing jobs at Sheffield, the then UMIST (now part of the University of Manchester) and the University of York. I have been at Essex since 2000, where I have taught a broad range of modules and have supervised eight research students, including six Ph.D. students, through to completion (all but one passed). I have two research students at present. I am also Editor of the British Combinatorial Bulletin http://www.essex.ac.uk/maths/BCB/ and as such an ex officio member of the British Combinatorial Committee.
During the period Autumn 2013 to summer 2019, I will be Deputy Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Science and Health and as such will be less involved in Departmental activities.
- probabilistic combinatorics, especially random graphs with correlation structure
- Paley graphs and other pseudo-random graphs
- extremal Ramsey graphs
- aspects of posets, quicksort-type algorithms
- fixed point polynomials of finite permutation groups
- aspects of additive combinatorics such as sets with more sums than differences
- sandpile groups of graphs
Member of the Algebra and Discrete Mathematics Group.
I will not have departmental teaching responsibilities (other than supervision of research students) in 2016-17.