Sarah Whitehouse's  Home Page

UCU strike action over pensions

Due to planned major downgrades to pensions of academic staff, members of the University and College Union voted overwhelmingly to take strike action starting on 22 February 2018 at many universities around the country, including the University of Sheffield.

The first wave of strike days is now over and the action is currently suspended. This means that further disruption is not expected in this academic session (although it is not impossible if the next stages of the agreed process break down).

Contact Details

Prof. Sarah Whitehouse 

School of Mathematics and Statistics 

Hicks Building
University of Sheffield
S3 7RH

Tel. 00 44 (0)114 222 3870
00 44 (0)114 222 3809
Email: s.whitehouse\at\

I am Professor of Pure Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics (SoMaS) at the University of Sheffield.


I am an enthusiastic lecturer with wide experience of undergraduate teaching at all levels. For many years I have taught a popular level 3 Combinatorics module. Other courses I have taught in Sheffield include Vector Spaces and Fourier Theory, Groups and Symmetries and Algebraic Topology. Other lecturing experience includes courses on Metric Spaces and Measure and Integration.

I very much enjoy supervising project work. Level 4 MMath project topics I have supervised include Aperiodic tilings, Combinatorics of the symmetric group, Discrete geometry, Integer vauled polynomials and Integer partitions.

In the Autumn Semester of 2017-2018, I was teaching MAS334 Combinatorics. My homepage for MAS334 Combinatorics is here. I also taught
MAS400 Project Presentation in Mathematics and Statistics.

In the Spring Semester of 2017-2018, I am teaching the second semester of MAS221 Analysis


My field of research is algebraic topology. Here is my publication list

Andrew Stacey worked with me as an RA on an EPSRC funded project on stable and unstable operations in higher K-theory. 

Constanze Roitzheim worked with me as an RA funded by an EPSRC grant, held jointly with Andy Baker of the University of Glasgow. The project was "Rigidity Theorems in Stable Homotopy Theory". She is now based in Kent.

I currently have three Ph.D. students, Dan Graves, Gemma Halliwell and Will Mycroft. 

Five PhD students have completed their theses under my supervision: M-J Strong completed her Ph.D. thesis with me in 2008, Tony Hignett in 2009, Laura Stanley in 2011, Khairia Mira in 2012 and Shadman Kareem in 2018. 

General information for prospective graduate students is available. If you are interested in doing a Ph.D. with me, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Links to the homepages of my coauthors: Joana Cirici, Francis Clarke, Martin Crossley, Daniela Egas Santander, Imma Gálvez Carrillo, Muriel Livernet, Alan Robinson, Constanze Roitzheim, Andrew Stacey, Stephanie Ziegenhagen


Here are slides from some talks I have given. (I mostly give blackboard talks, so this is a random selection where I happened to use slides.)

"Algebraic structures in topology" LMS Prospects in Mathematics Meeting, Manchester, December 2012.

"Infinite sums of Adams operations " (it was mainly a blackboard talk, with just a few slides), Arolla, August 2004.

"Infinite sums of Adams operations ", Bonn Workshop on Structured Ring Spectra, September 2004.

"Stable and unstable operations in p-local K-theory", International Mediterranean Congress of Mathematics, Almería, June 2005.

"On the KU_(p) local stable homotopy catgeory", Conference on The Arithmetic of Structured Ring Spectra, Rosendal, Norway, August 2005.

"Stable and unstable operations in mod p cohomology theories", Complex cobordism in homotopy theory: its impact and prospects, (the Ravenel & Wilson birthday conference), Johns Hopkins, March 2007.

Here are some documents related to my lectures at the LMS-EPSRC Instructional Course on Algebraic Topology at Swansea, July 2005. Outline. Lecture Notes. Problems.

Here is a slide version of a beamer talk on Elliptic Cohomology at the Durham Prospects in Mathematics Meeting in December 2006.

Conferences and Seminars

I maintain the British Topology conference page.

Transpennine Topology Triangle. This is a joint topology seminar with vertices at Leicester, Manchester and Sheffield. I am the grant-holder.

Updated: 18 April 2018