Current news from the Department


May 2018: Celebrating our talented new teachers

Congratulations to the six winners of this year's Departmental Teaching Prizes! These are awarded to recognise the achievements of those new to teaching in our Department. 2017-18 winners are: Rowland Bennett, David Kohan Marzagão, Siri Kouletsis, Stan Kučera, Asuka Kumon and Niccolo' Salvatori.


May 2018: PhD Poster Presentation Prize winners

Congratulations to the PhD Poster Presentation prizewinners at the Colloquia in Combinatorics 2018.

1st prize: Attila Dankovics (LSE) 'Low Independence Number and Hamiltonicity Implies Pancyclicity'

2nd prize: Yanitsa Pehova (Warwick) 'Decomposing Graphs into Edges and Triangles'

Highly Commended: Alberto Espuny Diaz (Birmingham) 'Edge Correlations in Random Regular Hypergraphs and Applications to Subgraph Testing'

The judging panel comprised a number of the event's speakers.


May 2018: Prize-winning teaching in the Department!

We mark the success of staff in the Department in winning teaching prizes this year. Konrad Swanepoel and Johannes Ruf won promotion teaching prizes. James Ward is Runner-up in the Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards in the category Sharing Subject Knowledge. Winners of Class teacher awards this year are Siri Kouletsis, Niccolo’ Salvatori, and Tony Whelan, with George Zouros and Laurence O’Toole Highly Commended. The class teacher awards were presented on 9 May at an event at LSE Students' Union. Congratulations to all of our winners!


April 2018: Congratulations to Professor Young

We are delighted to share the news that our Centennial Professor H. Peyton Young has been elected as member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Peyton has been a Visiting Professor in the Department since 2015 and makes a valued contribution to the academic life of the Department, through our seminar and public lecture series.


March 2018: ICA Medal awarded to Robin Wilson

Our Visiting Professor, Robin Wilson, has been awarded the 2017 Stanton Medal, awarded every two years by the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications for outreach activities in combinatorial mathematics.  Information about the ICA medals can be found on the ICA web page:

Dr Robin Wilson has, for fifty years, been an outstanding ambassador for graph theory to the general public. He has lectured widely (giving some 1500 public lectures), and extended the reach of his lectures through television, radio, and videotape. He has also published extensively (authoring or editing some 40 books) on combinatorial ideas, written in a style that is engaging and accessible. He has provided direction, encouragement, and support to colleagues and students at all levels.  His superb talents at conveying the beauty of graph-theoretic ideas, and inviting his readers and listeners to join in, have enthused many students, teachers, and researchers. Professor Wilson’s advocacy and outreach for combinatorics continue to yield many positive impacts that are enjoyed by researchers and non-specialists alike

Past news and events Academic Year 2017-18

December 2017

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December 2017: Prizewinners

We are pleased to announce the initiation of a new PhD prize in Mathematics: The Department of Mathematics’ PhD Prize for Outstanding Academic Performance.

This year, we have made our awards retrospectively, covering the time period September 2014 to October 2017 and awards have been made to Matthew Jennsen (Discrete Mathematics, graduated 2017), Barnaby Roberts (Discrete Mathematics, graduated 2017) and Yavor Stoev (Financial Mathematics, graduated 2015).  Congratulations to them all!

In addition, Martin Antonov has be awarded the Haya Freedman Prize for the Best MSc Dissertation 2016/7. Excellent work Martin!

More information can be found here.


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December 2017: Winter Graduation Ceremony

What better way to celebrate the end of the year than with our MSc and PhD graduation ceremony?  We all had a wonderful day, sharing memories, applauding achievements and looking forward to our graduates' futures. You all deserve so much - good luck and stay in touch by registering with LSE Alumni!

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December 2017: Our New Website

We are very excited to launch our new departmental website. We've streamlined the page-flow and added lots of new content for prospective and current students, as well as those interested in our research topics. We hope you enjoy taking a look around!


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November 2017: Congratulations to Drs Ewan Davies and Daniel Quiroz!

We are thrilled for Ewan and Daniel on their fantastic achievements and embrace them into the Department of Mathematics' alumni family!  We're so happy for you to have been awarded your PhDs in Mathematics. 

For details of their thesis titles and to view the ever-growing list of PhD alumni of the department, please view our PhD "Roll of Honour".  


Public Lecture: Game Theory Through the Computational Lens

Date: Thursday 30 November 2017
Speaker: Prof Tim Roughgarden
Chair:  Martin Anthony

Tim Roughgarden is a Professor in the Computer Science and (by courtesy) Management Science and Engineering Departments, Stanford University, as well as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

The fields of computer science and game theory both trace their roots to the first half of the 20th century, with the work of Turing, von Neumann, Nash, and others.  Fast forwarding to the present, there are now many fruitful points of contact between these two fields.  Game theory plays an important role in 21st-century computer science applications, ranging from social networks to routing in the Internet.  The flow of ideas also travels in the other direction, with computer science offering a number of tools to reason about economic problems in novel ways. For example, computational complexity theory sheds new light on the “bounded rationality” of decision-makers. Approximation guarantees, originally developed to analyse fast heuristic algorithms, can be usefully applied to Nash equilibria. Computationally efficient algorithms are an essential ingredient to modern, large-scale auction designs.  In this lecture, Tim Roughgarden will survey the key ideas behind these connections and their implications.

More information on this event is available here, along with a podcast and video recording.


October 2017


October 2017: ERC Grant Award

Dr László Végh, Associate Professor of Mathematics at LSE, has been awarded a starting grant from the European Research Council for a project entitled  ‘Scaling Methods for Discrete and Continuous Optimization’. There are currently two opportunities to join this project:

1. A Research Officer post (equivalent to a postdoc position), available for 1 year with possible extensions. The closing date for applications is 8 December 2017 (23.59 UK time) and the starting date is flexible.

2. A number of PhD positions.  Interested applicants should contact László directly before submitting an application to the LSE PhD system. Please visit our departmental PhD application website for further guidance. The application deadline for positions in this project is 28 February 2018, but early application is encouraged.


October 2017: Women in Mathematics Seminar. Speaker: Dr Eugénie Hunsicker

Further details about the speaker can be found here.

October 2017: Mathematics Careers Evening

Our annual Mathematics Careers Evening was a great success, well attended by both undergraduates and postgraduates.  The event provided the perfect opportunity for students to discover just what they can do with their Mathematics degree by networking with our recent graduate alumni. It's so inspiring to hear how alumni are progressing and the aspirations our current students have!  We're grateful to our colleagues in LSE Careers who co-organised the event.

September 2017


September 2017: Congratulations to Dr Barnaby Roberts

It's the start of term for most of us but for some, it's the end of an era...  Dr Barnaby Roberts has been awarded his PhD in Mathematics, with his thesis entitled "Structure and randomness in external combinatorics". Welcome to the Department of Mathematics' alumni family and congratulations on all your hard work. We wish you every success in your new venture!




News items from previous years are in the news archive.


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