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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, completed in 1997, on the Complexity of Graph Polynomials under the supervision of Dominic Welsh and 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.


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

  • Advanced Mathematical Methods BBK_BUEM004S6
  • Algebra 2: Theory and Structure BBK_EMMS094S6
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

Current news

  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

    The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP invites applications for three postdoctoral fellowships (PDFs) to be based within departments at the partner institutions within the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP): University College London, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of East London.

  • Competition for ESRC Studentships for October 2018 entry is now open

    ESRC PhD Scholarships for 2018 entry are available via UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for suitable candidates.

  • Sundstrom Scholarships for 2017/18 Entry

    Two Home/EU scholarships for MSc programmes are available in the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics.