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Steven Noble

Reader in Mathematics

About me

I obtained my first degree in mathematics in 1993 from the University of Oxford, where I was a member of New College. I was fortunate enough to be able to continue studying in Oxford for a DPhil on the Complexity of Graph Polynomials under the supervision of Dominic Welsh which I completed in 1997. Between 1996 and 1998, I had part-time teaching appointments in Oxford at New College and then at Merton, covering for faculty who were on sabbatical. In October 1998 I was appointed as a lecturer at Brunel University and promoted to senior lecturer in 2010. From summer 2012 to summer 2015, I was head of department of mathematics at Brunel. During my time at Brunel I was admissions tutor and level one co-ordinator for several years. I moved to Birkbeck as Sundstrom Reader in Mathematics in 2016.


My research is in combinatorics, particularly graph polynomials, which is a very broad area of mathematics with many beautiful problems still to be solved. I have also been interested in computational complexity and the frequency assignment problem. More recently I have worked on delta-matroids.

More information on my research includes details of all my papers with a brief guide to what they contain and sometimes how I came to study the problems. If you are interested in finding out more about my research, then this would be a good place to look.

An up-to-date list of my publications is available from MathSciNet.

I have another list of publications here, including links to electronic versions. I shall try to keep this up-to-date.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Proof and Structure in Mathematics
All resources such as lecture notes and coursework will be available on Moodle logo

A few links to things I like doing when I'm not doing maths

Contact Details

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7631 6417


Room: 728

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