Dr Alastair Litterick

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Dr Alastair Litterick



I am an algebraist, interested in linear algebraic groups, finite groups of Lie type and everything related to these, including algebraic geometry, representation theory, Lie algebras, computational algebra, geometric invariant theory, Lie theory, combinatorics and more besides. I joined the University of Essex as a Lecturer in 2019. Before this, I was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Bielefeld University and the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (2017-2019), and prior to this I held other postdoctoral positions in Germany (2016-2017) and New Zealand (2013-2015). I completed my PhD and MSci degrees at Imperial College London (2009-2013), and I originally hail from Essex, having grown up here and attended Colchester Royal Grammar School 1998-2003. As an alumnus of the Humboldt Foundation, I am eligible to host researchers from Germany as Feodor Lynen Research Fellows. Click the link below for more information, and send me an email if you are interested in this opportunity.


  • MSci Mathematics Imperial College London, (2009)

  • PhD Pure Mathematics Imperial College London, (2013)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Mathematics (R), Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex (1/9/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, Faculty of Mathematics, Bielefeld University and Ruhr-University Bochum (1/10/2017 - 31/8/2019)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Mathematics, Ruhr University Bochum (1/4/2017 - 30/9/2017)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Mathematics, Bielefeld University (1/1/2016 - 31/3/2017)

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Mathematics, University of Auckland (1/7/2013 - 31/12/2016)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Reductive algebraic groups

The structure of reductive algebraic groups is an active research area with several open areas of enquiry. Open questions exist concerning their subgroup structure, representation theory, Lie algebra structure and geometry.

Open to supervise

Finite groups of Lie type

Finite groups of Lie type arise as the finite analogues of reductive linear algebraic groups, and the theories of these objects are closely intertwined. Finite groups of Lie type give rise to most finite simple groups, in an appropriate sense, which makes them fundamental objects of study in group theory. These groups are therefore objects of intensive study, and there are many open problems to investigate.

Open to supervise

Representation varieties

There is a natural geometric structure on the collection of homomorphisms from a fixed finitely generated group into a fixed linear algebraic group. Studying this structure can provide insights into the structure of each group.

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Linear Algebra (MA201)

  • Real Analysis 1 (MA203)

  • Abstract Algebra (MA204)

  • Capstone Project: Mathematics (MA829)

  • Capstone Project: Mathematics (MA830)

  • Capstone Project: Mathematics (MA831)

  • Capstone Project: Data Science and Analytics (MA838)

  • Advanced Capstone Project: Actuarial Science, Data Science or Mathematics (MA930)


Journal articles (9)

Gruchot, M., Litterick, A. and Roehrle, G., (2021). Complete reducibility: Variations on a theme of Serre. Manuscripta Mathematica

Attenborough, C., Bate, M., Gruchot, M., Litterick, A. and Roehrle, G., (2020). On relative complete reducibility. Quarterly Journal of Mathematics. 71 (1), 321-334

Gruchot, M., Litterick, A. and Roehrle, G., (2020). Relative complete reducibility and normalised subgroups. Forum of Mathematics, Sigma. 8

Litterick, AJ. and Thomas, AR., (2019). Reducible subgroups of exceptional algebraic groups. Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra. 223 (6), 2489-2529

Conder, M. and Litterick, A., (2019). Further rigid triples of classes in G₂. International Journal of Group Theory. 8 (4), 5-9

Litterick, AJ. and Thomas, AR., (2018). Complete reducibility in good characteristic. Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. 370 (8), 5279-5340

Jambor, S., Litterick, A. and Marion, C., (2018). On finite simple images of triangle groups. Israel Journal of Mathematics. 227 (1), 131-162

Litterick, AJ., (2018). On non-generic finite subgroups of exceptional algebraic groups. Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society. 253 (1207), 0-0

Liebeck, MW., Litterick, AJ. and Marion, C., (2011). A rigid triple of conjugacy classes in G 2. Journal of Group Theory. 14 (1), 31-35

Reports and Papers (1)

Bannuscher, F., Litterick, A. and Uchiyama, T., Complete reducibility of subgroups of reductive algebraic groups over nonperfect fields IV: An F4 example

Thesis dissertation (1)

Litterick, A., (2013). Finite Simple Subgroups of Exceptional Algebraic Groups

Grants and funding


Algebraic Groups and Geometric Invariant Theory Day (Day2)

London Mathematical Society

+44 (0) 1206 874731


2.411, Colchester Campus

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