Algebra research group

Algebraic research at York covers a wide spectrum of interests, from pure group theory, representation theory and semigroup theory to applications of algebraic techniques in geometry, quantum physics and biology. The department is a fertile breeding ground for research, with regular organized seminars and study groups complemented by plenty of opportunities for informal discussion. We are also always on the lookout for strong PhD students in all areas of algebra; please see the Pure PhD projects page for some project ideas, and please also feel free to get in touch with any member of staff if you want to find out more. For details of individual members' interests, please click here.

Seminars and Study Groups

We run a weekly Algebra Study Group during term time. Please contact Michael Bate for details of the current topic, or to be included on the email list for this group.

External speakers in the area of Algebra are usually invited to give a talk in the Algebra Seminar, which is also a forum for internal research seminars. The next talk is shown below.


Algebra Seminar
Date and time: 
February 22, 2016, 16:15
Adam Thomas (Bristol)

Submitted on 4 Jan 2016 - 15:44 by gh616

The York Semigroup meets every week in term time and is a mixture of informal sessions, led by York Semigroup PhD students, and more formal presentations.


Other Algebraic Events

Algebra and Representation Theory in the North (ARTIN):  York is part of the ARTIN network, which holds regular meetings around the north of the UK. For details of the next event and a list of past meetings click here.

North British Geometric Group Theory (NBGGT):  The NBGGT meetings are collaborative seminars held regularly across the north of Britain. For more details click here.

North British Semigroups and Applications Network (NBSAN):  The NBSAN meets regularly, with events all over the north of Britain. For more details, please visit the NBSAN page.

Leeds York Lie Theory (LYLT):  This is an occasional series of meetings organised by York and Leeds. Please click here for more details.

Members and research interests

Below is an alphabetical list of members of the Algebra Group, with brief descriptions of their research interests. Clicking on the name of a particular member of staff will direct you to their homepage.

Staff in Algebra

Dr Michael Bate
MMath (Oxon), PhD (Birmingham)
Algebraic Groups, Representation Theory, GIT, Buildings
+44 1904 32 3026
Dr Gustav W Delius
PhD (Stony Brook)
Stochastic Modelling in Mathematical Biology and Theoretical Ecology, Spatial Stochastic Processes, Quantum Field Theory, Integrable Systems, Quantum Groups
+44 1904 32 3077
Professor Stephen Donkin
MA (Oxon), MSc,PhD (Warwick)
algebra, representation theory, algebraic groups
+44 1904 32 3669
Dr Brent Everitt
MSc (Toronto) PhD, BSc (Auckland)
Algebra, topology, combinatorics
+44 1904 32 3083
Dr Haralampos Geranios
MSc, PhD (Athens, Greece)
Representation Theory and Cohomology of Algebraic Groups and Invariant Theory
+44 1904 32 3096
Professor Victoria Gould
BA, DPhil (York)
Semigroup theory
+44 1904 32 3090
Dr Eli Hawkins
PhD (Penn State, Physics), PhD (Penn State, Mathematics)
+44 1904 32 3069
Prof. Niall MacKay
BA (Cambridge), PhD (Durham)
Integrable quantum field theory, quantum groups
+44 1904 32 3493
Professor Maxim Nazarov
MSc, PhD (Moscow)
Representation Theory
+44 1904 32 3078

Ph.D. students in Algebra

Name Degree information Phone E-mail
Asawer Duraid Hamdi Al-Aadhami BSc (Baghdad), MSc (Baghdad) +44 1904 32 4159
Majed Albaity BSc & MSc (King Abdulaziz University); MSc (Western Ontario) +44 1904 32 4586
Luuk Disselhorst B Maths & M Maths (Groningen) +44 1904 32 XXXX
Benen Harrington BA (Trinity College Dublin), MASt (Cantab) +44 1904 32 XXXX
Samuel Martin MSci (King's College London) +44 1904 32 n/a
Thomas Quinn-Gregson MMath (Manchester) +44 1904 32 3845

Publications in Algebra


In Press

Dechant P-P.  In Press.  A 3D spinorial view of 4D exceptional phenomena. SIGMAP, Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics Series.
Gould V, Hartmann M, Ruskuc N.  In Press.  Free monoids are coherent. Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.
Everitt B.  In Press.  The Combinatorial Topology of Groups. Springer Verlag (book, to appear). Abstract



Bate ME, Herpel S, Martin B, Roehrle G.  2015.  Cocharacter-closure and spherical buildings. Pacific Journal of Mathehatics. 279(1 (Robert Steinberg Memorial Issue)):65-85.
Bailey A, Gould V, Hartmann M, Renshaw J, Shaheen L.  2015.  Covers for S-acts and Condition (A) for a monoid. Glasgow Mathematical Journal. 57 :323-341. Download: Covers08Jan2013.pdf (235.1 KB)


Everitt B.  2014.  A (very short) introduction to buildings. Expositiones Mathematicae. 32(3):221-247. Abstract

Algebra Seminar

The seminar takes place on Mondays from 16:15 in Room G/109 in the James College Nucleus. The typical length of the talks is about 1 hour. The seminar organiser is currently Haralampos Geranios.

Next Seminar


Algebra Seminar
Date and time: 
February 22, 2016, 16:15
Adam Thomas (Bristol)

Submitted on 4 Jan 2016 - 15:44 by gh616

Programme for this term

Date and timesort icon Title Speaker Room
January 11, 2016, 16:15 Non-commutative Iwasawa algebras Konstantin Ardakov (Oxford) G/109
January 18, 2016, 16:15 A modular analogue of Morozov’ s theorem on non-semisimple maximal subalgebras. Sasha Premet (Manchester) G/109
February 1, 2016, 16:15 Complete reducibility of subalgebras and the Jacobson-Morozov theorem. David Stewart (Newcastle) G/109
February 8, 2016, 16:15 Maximal subgroups of classical groups Kay Magaard (Birmingham) G/109
February 22, 2016, 16:15 tba Adam Thomas (Bristol) G/109
February 29, 2016, 16:15 tba Paul Levy (Lancaster) G/109

See also the full list of Algebra Seminars.

iCal feed for this seminar

York Semigroup

The York Semigroup meets every week in term time on Wednesdays at 11.15. It consists of a mixture of informal sessions, led by York Semigroup PhD students and staff, and more formal presentations, including external speakers. The formal sessions are usually advertised well in advance - if you wish to be included on the mailing list please e-mail Vicky Gould.

Programme for this term

Date and timesort icon Title Speaker Room
January 12, 2016, 14:00 - 15:00 Idempotents and partial transformation monoids Dr Dandan Yang W/307
February 24, 2016, 11:00 - 12:00 TBA Mike Whittaker P/L/005

See also the full list of York Semigroup talks.

iCal feed for this seminar

Other Semigroup Events:

North British Semigroups and Applications Network (NBSAN)