Algebra Research Group

Welcome to the pages of the Algebra group in the Mathematical Institute at Oxford. Here you will find information on our members, the seminars and other events we organise, news about us and the research networks we participate in. There are also lists of lecture courses related to our interests.

The research interests of the group span group theory, representation theory and algebraic aspects of geometry, among many other topics. For more detailed information on the people in our group and their individual research interests, please see our list of members.

If you are interested in undertaking graduate studies with us, please see the department's information for prospective graduate students. Post-doctoral positions and funding opportunities and faculty positions are listed on the Institute's vacancies page.

Details of the next scheduled seminar in each of the series we organise are listed below. For future events, please follow the link to each seminar's listings.

Algebra seminar

27 April 2021

Every finite group $G$ has a normal series each of whose factors is either a solvable group or a direct product of non-abelian simple groups. The minimum number of nonsolvable factors, attained on all possible such series in G, is called the nonsolvable length $\lambda(G)$ of $G$. In recent years several authors have investigated this invariant and its relation to other relevant parameters. E.g. it has been conjectured by Khukhro and Shumyatsky (as a particular case of a more general conjecture about non-$p$-solvable length) and Larsen that, if $\nu(G)$ is the length of the shortest law holding in the finite group G, the nonsolvable length of G can be bounded above by some function of $\nu(G)$. In a joint work with Francesco Fumagalli and Felix Leinen we have confirmed this conjecture proving that the inequality $\lambda(G) < \nu(G)$ holds in every finite group $G$. This result is obtained as a consequence of a result about permutation representations of finite groups of fixed nonsolvable length. In this talk I will outline the main ideas behind the proof of our result.

Representation Theory seminar

There are no seminars currently scheduled for this series.

An archive of previous events is also available.